Buenos Aires Belgrano Sur Line railway station

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Buenos Aires
Commuter rail
Estación Buenos Aires (LBS), frente.jpg
Front view of the station in 2015
Location Olavarría 3300, Buenos Aires
Argentina
Owned by Government of Argentina
Operated by SOFSE
Line(s) Belgrano Sur
Construction
Platform levels 5
History
Opened 1911
Closed May 2018; 3 months ago (2018-05)
Previous names yes

Buenos Aires (Spanish: Estación Buenos Aires) is a former passenger railway station in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The station was terminus of the Belgrano Sur line that runs trains along Greater Buenos Aires region.

The station is located a short distance north of the Riachuelo River, on the boundaries between the barrios of Parque Patricios and Barracas, two outlying neighbourhoods in the southern part of the city.

Overview[edit]

Despite its name, Buenos Aires was not the principal railway station of the city but only a secondary commuter rail station. The local transport company Argentren operates various daily diesel trains to and from the Buenos Aires suburbs along two branches of the Belgrano Sur line. Destinations include several stations in La Matanza Partido.

The station was accessible by some city bus services but it is the only railway station in Buenos Aires that has no access to the Subte of Buenos Aires.

History[edit]

The station soon after being opened, c. 1911
Platforms viewed from the east, 2015

Buenos Aires was opened in 1911 as part of the French-owned company Compañía Gral. de Buenos Aires railway network, that reached several cities in the Buenos Aires Province such as Patricios in 9 de Julio Partido, General Villegas, Victorino de la Plaza (Guaminí Partido), La Plata and Vedia among other destinations.

When the entire Argentine railway network was nationalised in 1948, state-owned company Ferrocarriles Argentinos took over the services of the line. In August 1977, National decree 2294 stated the closure of 225-km. of the line and all rail tracks were also removed. Due to increasing population in the region, the "Marinos del Crucero Gral. Belgrano" was built for passenger services.

With the railway privatisation carried out by Carlos Menem's presidency, concession was granted to Metropolitano although the concession would be revoked in 2007 because of the poor service conditions, being consortium UGOFE the operator of the line until 2013.

When UGOFE was dissolved, private company Argentren took over the Belgrano Sur line.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

In May 2018, Buenos Aires and Sáenz stations were closed as part of a project that includes the construction of a viaduct where Belgrano Sur trains will run, which will allow to eliminate several level crossings in the city. The viaduct will also connect Belgrao Sur trains with Constitución station of Roca Line. Moreover, new Buenos Aires and Sáenz stations will be built over the viaduct. Meanwhile, a provisional station (close to former Sáenz stations) is being used as terminus.[8]

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Coordinates: 34°38′43″S 58°23′37″W / 34.6454°S 58.3936°W / -34.6454; -58.3936