Ferrocarril de la Sabana de Bogotá, commonly known as the “Tren de la Sabana”, was a company that provides rail transportation services since 1889 between the towns of the Metropolitan Area of Bogota. The Savannah Railway was settled in 1991 along with the National Railways of Colombia.
The construction of the railroad from Bogota to Facatativá was hired in 1873 and work began in 1882 by a private company. The work was suspended in 1885 due to riots, for this time and reached a length of 18 km. A new contract was concluded in 1886 to finish the work with the new “Railway Company of Savannah.” When the railway was opened in July 1889 its length was 40 km. In 1887 he was hired to build the line Zipaquirá; thereafter the Sabana Railway spread throughout the Bogotá peaked in 1953, with an approximate area of 200 km.
In 1917, he opened the Sabana Station built by the British engineer, William Lidstone, this served as a focal point of the national rail system was built in what were then the outskirts of the city to the west, 13th Street, path that began in the San Victorino and passed Puente Aranda and reaching Fontibón Facatativá.
Recent railways and savannah of Bogota were built in 1953. At that time there were stations Chapinero, Street 100, Usaquén, La Caro, Briceño (Sopo), Tocancipá, and Cajicá Gachancipá northwards Fontibón stations, Madrid, El Corso and westward Mosquera; Bosa stations, Sibaté Soacha and the southwest. The Train of the Savanna largely determined the direction in which the city developed and grew.
The Savannah Railroad served as the basis for the expansion of railroads to the rest of the country which later merged under the administration of the National Railways of Colombia. On the west went to the port city of Santa Marta with a stopover in Facatativa and continue along the Magdalena River corridor, to the south came to Soacha, on the north to La Caro, where the lines of the Northern Railway and Railway shared the Northeast station before branching back to Zipaquira Nemocón Gachancipá the north and the northeast to connect with the railroad that connected with the departments of Boyacá and Santander. From the station the trains were leaving Sabana connecting Bogota Cundinamarca and the rest of the country.
In 1992 the company was founded Turistren Ltd. To rescue old trains pulled by steam locomotives to make them work with new purposes: tourism. The project was a success. That same year, nine steam locomotives purchased in poor condition, four of which were refurbished and returned to work “, and 24 passenger cars, as well as the locomotives were rehabilitated and made to serve the company. In May 1993, started the first train journey Nemocón-Bogota Bogota. Currently, the train travels 106 miles from Bogota route Usaquen-Zipaquirá-Cajicá-Bogota, guided tours in each of the stops. Since then, the Tren de la Sabana has been running continuously, all weekends and holidays.
A Zipaquirá is known as the city of salt, because here it has built the largest Salt Cathedral of Colombia, historical, cultural and religious, and recognized as the first wonder of the country. The next stop in the municipality of Cajicá and is especially attractive for lovers of handicrafts and textiles, because in them there are vendors selling their colorful and original productions. This station also has a variety of typical Colombian food restaurants that is worth knowing.
The Sabana region, meanwhile, is the strategic center of the country geographically located at 2,600 meters above sea level and lying on the Cordillera Oriental. A natural attraction for those who enjoy height.
El Tren de la Sabana a tour to remember!
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