Monday, February 22, 2016

Trains at the End of the World, Argentina

Ok, one more post for today...and honestly, I cannot believe it to myself that it has taken me THIS long to post these two cards..I just cannot believe it! I was so thrilled when I received them and remembered them the other day and then it dawned on me that I had never ever posted them...well, until now...FINALLY!

What so special about these besides being trains??
Well, these are the so-called trains from the end of the world...just the thought of it gives me shivers!

Ushuaia is that southernmost tip of South America, which has also been nicknamed "End of the World"
I received both of these cards from dear Viviam, who knowing how much I love trains, decided to surprise me...and send two...just in case one of them didn't arrive...but luckily, both of them did!

The trains here are part of the Southern Fuegian Railway or the Train of the End of the World/ El Tren del Fin del Mundo), which is a 500 mm gauge steam railway in the Argentinian province of Tierra del Fuego. It was originally built as a freight line to serve the prison of Ushuaia, specifically to transport timber. It now operates as a heritage railway into the Tierra del Fuego National Park and is considered the southernmost functioning railway in the world.

the first card bears a sticker, and not much I can say about it :)

on the second card you can see three different locomotives, named
1. Camila (I don't know who this one is named after - all I know is that it was built between December 1994 and February 1995 in Daventry, England ;
2. Ing. H.R. Zubieta (after the father of one of FCAF's directors);
3. Ing. L.D.Porta (named in the the honour of Livio Dante Ponta, an Argentinian steam-locomotive engineer)

(FCAF stands for Ferrocaril Austral Feugo)

a fun fact - there is also a song inspired by this :))))

not really my cup of tea...but well, it goes well with this post....I mean how I don't often come across songs that have been inspired by trains :)

two different stamps on this one...both coming from the same set of 9 stamps issued in 2014, under the title 'The Decade Won' slogan with which the ruling party refered to the period inaugurated by Kirchner’s presidency (2003-2007). The stamps commemorate different kinds of progress achieved during the management of the Argentinean presidents Néstor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner between the years 2003 and 2013.

Thanks a million dear Viviam for the most amazing cards! I love them!!

And wishing you all a nice week ahead and a lot of great postcards in the mailbox! :)


Viviam Schmaichel said...

Нема на што, мило ми е дека ти се допаѓаат разгледниците :) :) :) И фала многу на "dear Viviam", баш слатко :D

Brenda Perez said...

They really are beautiful postcards and very interesting too.

Gem from Calgary said...

Ana, nice to see the Train at the End of the World card. Brings back memories for me.
I rode on this train couple of years ago. In the area of the train, there are many, many hundresd of tree stumps , all about 2-3 feet above ground, because when the trees were cut the snow was so deep the cutters couldn't get to the ground level. Kind of a spooky place now.

Ana said...

Thank you all for the comments! :)

Glenn, you are one really lucky man to have had the chance to experience this train ride :)