La Trochita · 115 mins · DVD


Featured in this film is a journey (in 2007) over the full 402km length of the 75cm gauge line between Ingeniero Jacobacci and Esquel in Patagonia. Sometimes referred to as The Old Patagonian Express, although it is neither old or an express, this line closed in 1996, but was preserved, although regular trains run only on the southern 60kms or so from Esquel. The train is double headed by Baldwin 2-8-0s, until a derailment of some of the water cars means the final section is hauled by just one locomotive. The railway runs through deserted and increasingly hilly semi-desert which invites comparison with Colorado. A really nice film, although the opening sequences, showing the train being assembled at Ing. Jacobacci are a tad too long.