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Porta Locomotive

Porta Locomotive

Date of Construction: 1994
Carupá Workshops, San Fernando,
Province of Buenos Aires.

This is a special locomotive for our railway, not only because it was the first steam locomotive put into service on our track, but also because it was built entirely in our country between February and November 1994.

The first locomotive constructed in Argentina was baptized “Number One Argentina”, built in the workshops of Tolosa, at that time belonging to FCO, in 1883. It boasted the serial number #1. It was a 4-4-0 with two powered axles. Its traction wheels had a diameter of 5 feet and its cylinders were 15 x 20 inches. Different railways built locomotives in Liniers, Escalada, Junín, Tafi Viejo, etc. Usually they were large modifications of previous models or assemblies of imported parts. Also, English and German companies implemented local designs.

The best national and international steam specialists participated in this work. Names like Sacaggio, Chapelon and the Argentine Livio Dante Porta have taught the world over, and have left their mark on our own country, such as the modifications introduced by Eng. Porta to the narrow gauge Mitsubishis during his time as manager of the Rio Turbio line (1959-1963). His results were presented to the world community in March 1969 before the Institute of Steam Locomotives in Manchester (UK).

The work done by TRANEX in its workshops in Carupá, including the construction of each of their components, without importing a single piece, shows yet again the Argentine ingenuity and ability in the integral development of a steam locomotive. This model reminds us of the British engineer that designed her, Herbert William Garrat, and of the British company Beyer Peacock which bought the patent and built the first steam locomotive of this type in Manchester in 1909.

At the end of 1996, the K1 was restored and brought back into service after 30 years (having being returned to Great Britain in 1966) to run on the Ffestiniog Railway, one of the most famous tourist trains in the world, situated in North Wales.

Technical Specifications

Horsepower: 120
Length: 6,82 mts / 22,37 ft
Width: 1,75 mts / 5,74 ft
Fuel Tank: 780 lts / 206,05 gal
Water Tank: 2000 lts / 528,34 gal
Transmission: 0 - 4 - 0