Richard Maury

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Richard Maury
Richard Maury with workers.jpg
Richard Maury (third from left) with railway workers in Salta.
Born Richard Fontaine Maury
(1882-12-18)December 18, 1882
Philadelphia, United States
Died July 10, 1950(1950-07-10) (aged 67)
Córdoba, Argentina
Occupation Engineer
Years active 1902-1950
Spouse(s) Carmen Rosa Pauna[1][2]
Children Ricardo Juan Maury[1][3]
Parent(s) Thompson Brooke Maury (father)[1][4]
External image
Bust of Richard Maury at Campo Quijano station (Panoramio)

Richard Fontaine Maury (Philadelphia, 18 December 1882 – Córdoba, 10 July 1950) was an American railway engineer naturalized Argentine, famous for the project of the Argentine "Ramal C-14" of the Ferrocarril General Manuel Belgrano, better known for the touristic Tren a las Nubes.[5]


Son of Thompson Brooke Maury,[1] Richard Maury was born in Philadelphia in 1882, as the second of four brothers.[4] He graduated from Virginia Military Institute as engineer in 1902 and his first work was on the Pennsylvania Tunnel New York City-New Jersey.[1] In 1906 he arrived in Argentina to enter, one year later, in the Argentine State Railway, the national railway company of the country.[5]

He married Carmen Rosa Pauna[1][2] and had one child, Ricardo Juan.[1][3] He was a descendant of the prominent Virginia Maury family.

In 1921 was dediced to build the "Ramal C-14" Salta-Socompa, to Chilean borders and, by an executive decree Maury, considered an expert in the choice of mountainous paths for railways and roads, was appointed head of the works, where he worked until 1931. On July 12, 1928 he was appointed honorary professor at the National University of Tucumán, where he also published, in 1929, his Manual para el trazado de ferrocarriles (i.e. "Manual for the railway tracks").[6] In 1944 he was declared the first honorary member of the Engineering Center of Tucumán.[5]

Maury is also known for his work on the Transandine Railway from Mendoza to Las Cuevas, on the road from Acheral to Tafi del Valle, and for the railway line Yacuíba-Santa Cruz-Sucre, in Bolivia.[5]

Richard Maury died in Córdoba in 1950 and, since 1957, his remains are buried at the foot of a monument dedicated to him in the station of Campo Quijano,[7] a town near Salta on the Salta–Antofagasta railway.[5] A little village and its station, part of this line and originally named "Damián M. Torino",[8] were renamed "Ingeniero Maury" (Engineer Maury) after him.[9]

See also

Ingeniero Maury station, served by the Tren a las Nubes (1993).[10]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Brief biography and genealogy of Richard Maury
  2. ^ a b Brief genealogy of Carmen Rosa Pauna
  3. ^ a b Brief genealogy of Ricardo Juan Maury
  4. ^ a b Brief genealogy of Thompson Brooke Maury
  5. ^ a b c d e (in Spanish) Biography of Richard Maury
  6. ^ a b Manual para el trazado de ferrocarriles on Google Books
  7. ^ Bust of Richard Maury and monolith Archived 2013-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. on Panoramio
  8. ^ Salta-Socompa: 1948 timetable
  9. ^ (in Spanish) Ingeniero Maury page on Salta Province website
  10. ^ Route of the Tren a las Nubes

External links

  • (in Spanish) Richard Maury bio and picture at
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