The Savannah Touristic Train
In 1992 four friends in love with the trains gathered together with the idea of rescuing the heritage of old trains powered by steam locomotives and have a presence in the Savannah of Bogotá. Then was born TURISTREN LTDA, a private company owner of The Savannah Touristic Train, in Spanish “Tren Turistico de la Sabana”.
When the Colombian national railways company was liquidated, some of the equipment of the steam locomotives and passenger cars were abandoned at the mercy of the weather in the courtyards of the old train workshop and others were sold as metal scrap.
In 1992, Turistren signed a contract with Ferrovias in order to acquire the right of use of the railroads and also requested to the Fund of Social liability of the Colombian railways for the old equipment that they could refurbish. The first train ran on the 29 of May of 1993 with the name of “Tren Turístico de la Sabana”, with a steam locomotive, passenger cars and a cafeteria car, all of them completely renovated.
It is a pleasant ride where there is no room for bad times, in which both, young and adults, have a direct contact with the beauty of the landscapes of the Savannah of Bogota and also the history of the most important mean of transportation that Colombia had since the first half of the 20th century until the end of the 1970`s.
The Savannah Touristic Train is the ideal plan for locals and foreigner visitors in Bogota, Colombia.
Our fleet consists in four all refurbished old steam locomotives and two diesel locomotives that can carry out between ten to fourteen passenger cars included the cafeteria car with a total capacity for 800 comfortably seated passengers. In 2007 Turistren putted into service the first diesel Autoferro, which can pull up to four (4) cars and have a total capacity of 160 to 200 passengers; right now we have two of them in operation. All of our rides are cheer up by musical groups..