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Nuevos Ferrocarriles Argentinos

Ferrocarriles Argentinos
Sociedad del Estado
Trenes Argentinos
Company typeState-owned
PredecessorFerrocarriles Argentinos
FoundedMay 20, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-05-20) in Argentina[1]
FounderGovernment of Argentina
HeadquartersConstitución railway station, ,
Area served
Key people
Damián Contreras (President)
ServicesRail transport, maintenance
OwnerGovernment of Argentina
Number of employees
30,102[2] (2022)
ParentMinistry of Transport

Ferrocarriles Argentinos Sociedad del Estado (abbrevriated as FASE),[1] is a state-owned railway company of Argentina created for the operation and maintenance of the Argentine railway network in the country, including passenger and freight services, and infrastructure.[3][4][5][6]

The company is divided into four divisions: Trenes Argentinos Operaciones (passenger services), Trenes Argentinos Cargas (freight), Trenes Argentinos Infraestructura (infrastructure), and Trenes Argentinos Capital Humano (human resources).[7][8]

In March 2021, Minister of Transport announced that Ferrocarriles Argentinos S.E. would be put operative again, after an almost five-year hiatus during the presidency of Mauricio Macri.[8][9]

As of May 2022, Trenes Argentinos had 30,102 employees, making it the Argentine company with the most employees.[2]


First company logo of 2015

The project to nationalise all the Argentine railway network had been announced by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner during her speech at the Congress of Argentina's 133rd-year inaugural session on 1 March 2015.[10][11]

Train simulators with the NFA logo, July 2015

At the time the project was sent to the Congress to be discussed, only Belgrano Norte and Urquiza lines (operated by Ferrovías and Metrovías respectively) were under private concessions for passenger services, while Nuevo Central Argentino (NCA), Ferroexpreso Pampeano and Ferrosur companies operated freight trains.[7]

On 15 April 2015, the Congress of Argentina adopted the creation of "Ferrocarriles Argentinos Sociedad del Estado", with 53 votes in favour and 2 votes against.[5][12] Therefore, the Government of Argentina will take over the operation and maintenance of all the railway lines after they had granted to private companies during Carlos Menem's administration in the early 1990s.[6] The re-nationalisation law was officially promulgated on May 20, 2015.[1]

It was also announced that private companies still operating services at the time the law was promulgated, Nuevo Central Argentino, Ferroexpreso Pampeano, Ferrosur Roca, Metrovías and Ferrovías will continue their activities although Ferrocarriles Argentinos S.E. will be able to renegotiate or even cancel the contracts of concession.[6]

As part of a plan of rail transport modernisation announced by the Ministry of Transport led by Mario Meoni,[13] on March 8, 2021, "Ferrocarriles Argentinos S.E." was relaunched, setting its new offices at Constitución railway station. FASE had been inactive during the government of Mauricio Macri, when its divisions operated independently. The relaunch included a new logo, inspired on the homonymous company dissolved in 1993.[8][9]

The company shared its original name with the previous national operator which was broken up during the privatisation process, and also uses a modified version of its original logo.

Organizational structure

General Mitre Railway train at Retiro station in NFA livery, May 2015

By 2015, the board of directors had six members: a representative of the Secretary of Transport, the presidents of ADIF, SOFSE and Belgrano CyL and other two representatives appointed by the Ministry of Transport according to proposals sent by several railway unions registered.[14]

The company also plans, operates and controls all the railway system in Argentina, both passenger and freight services.[7] The railway system is managed under a model of "open access" where several private operators are able to serve freight services along the lines.[14]


Four divisions operate under the supervision of FASE, as it was announced in March 2021:[8]


  1. ^ a b c "InfoLEG - Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas Públicas - Argentina". Archived from the original on 2021-04-10. Retrieved 2021-06-29.
  2. ^ a b La empresa con más empleados en el país es estatal: Trenes Argentinos at Clarín, 8 May 2022
  3. ^ "Ámbito Financiero, líder en noticias económicas". Archived from the original on 2023-01-19. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  4. ^ Grigera, Noelia Barral (16 April 2015). "Con sólo dos votos en contra, el Senado sancionó la ley de estatización de los trenes". Archived from the original on 2022-08-31. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  5. ^ a b de 2015, 15 de Abril. "El Senado convirtió en ley la estatización de los ferrocarriles". infobae. Archived from the original on 2021-02-11. Retrieved 2023-01-23.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b c "El Senado convirtió en ley la estatización de los ferrocarriles". LA NACION. April 16, 2015. Archived from the original on August 12, 2022. Retrieved January 23, 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "Randazzo: "El Estado recupera la administración de todas las vías del país y pondrá bajo análisis todas las concesiones"". Archived from the original on 2019-02-03. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  8. ^ a b c d "Relanzan Ferrocarriles Argentinos". March 6, 2021. Archived from the original on June 29, 2021. Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Ferrocarriles Argentinos nuevamente Tracciona | Rieles Multimedio". Archived from the original on 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  10. ^ "Cristina anunció la estatización de los ferrocarriles". Archived from the original on 2022-08-30. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  11. ^ Gaceta, La. "Cristina anunció la estatización de los ferrocarriles". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
  12. ^ "Trenes: el oficialismo logró la ley de estatización". iEco Clarín. April 16, 2015. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  13. ^ de 2021, Por David Cayón14 de Marzo. "Cómo es el Plan de Modernización Ferroviaria que busca beneficiar a más de un millón de personas". infobae. Archived from the original on 2021-05-16. Retrieved 2021-07-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ a b "Página/12 :: Economía :: Otra vuelta para los Ferrocarriles Argentinos". Archived from the original on 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2023-01-23.
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