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  • CRRC Changchun has supplied two builds of four-car EMUs for use in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: SuperVia/Henrique Freire
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    Japanese take over Rio suburban network

    2019-08-16T14:58:33Z

    BRAZIL: A consortium of Mitsui and West Japan Railway has purchased a majority stake in Rio de Janeiro suburban operator SuperVia, at a reported cost of around ¥20bn. The Japanese trading group had previously held a 24% stake in the concessionaire, through its stake in SuperVia parent Odebrecht Mobilidad. ...

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    Rumo signs Ferrovie Norte-Sul concession

    2019-08-06T14:51:20Z

    BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro and Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas were the principal guests at a ceremony marking signature of a 30-year concession on July 31 for Rumo SA to operate and maintain the 1 537 km southern section of the 1 600 mm gauge Ferrovia Norte-Sul linking ...

  • CPTM already operates several weekend tourist routes in São Paulo state.
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    CPTM plans tourist service to Santos

    2019-07-08T15:09:09Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM ran two test trains in late June on the São Paulo – Santos route as part of assessments ahead of the possible launch of a passenger service. The test trains ran on June 18 and 27, and form part of CPTM’s ...

  • A freight train operated by Rumo passing through Sorocaba in São Paulo state.
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    São Paulo state seeks to relaunch passenger network

    2019-07-01T14:47:00Z

    BRAZIL: A state-wide X-shaped network of passenger services could be reintroduced to the main line network in São Paulo under plans being developed by Governor João Doria. The initial service would link São Paulo with Campinas, a distance of around 100 km. The proposals envisage adapting ...

  • A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners have agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a $8·4bn transaction.
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    Genesee & Wyoming to be acquired in US$8·4bn deal

    2019-07-01T14:32:13Z

    INTERNATIONAL: A consortium of Brookfield Infrastructure, GIC and Brookfield’s institutional partners has agreed to acquire short line group Genesee & Wyoming Inc in a US$8·4bn transaction. The consortium would pay US$112 per share in cash, with G&W becoming a privately held company. ‘We believe this transaction is an ...

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    São Paulo airport EMU unveiled

    2019-06-16T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: CRRC Qingdao Sifang has unveiled the first of eight eight-car Class 2500 electric multiple-units that it is supplying for São Paulo suburban operator CPTM’s Line 13 to Guarulhos Airport under a contract awarded in September 2017. The 12·2 km Line 13 was inaugurated in June 2018, and is currently ...

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    Brazilian line reopens after safety shutdown

    2019-06-12T08:30:00Z

    BRAZIL: Mining giant Vale resumed regular operation of freight services on the Belo Horizonte branch of Estrado de Ferro Vitória a Minas on June 6, after confirmation that the railway would not be affected by the possible collapse of tailings at a nearby abandoned iron ore mine in Minas Gerais ...

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    Port deal secures iron ore rail link

    2019-05-28T13:52:38Z

    BRAZIL: Plans for a rail-served iron ore mine in the southern part of Bahia state are expected to move ahead, following the signing of agreements for the development of bulk export terminals at the new Porto Sul deep-water facility near Ilhéus and the founding of a special purpose company to ...

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    Rumo wins Norte-Sul operating concession

    2019-03-29T17:40:38Z

    BRAZIL: Rumo has won the tender for a 30-year concession to complete and operate the 1 537 km southern section of the Ferrovia Norte-Sul corridor linking Porto Nacional in Tocantins to Estrela d'Oeste in São Paulo state. When the offers were opened on March 28, Rumo’s bid of R$2·72bn was ...

  • GE Transportation has commissioned a mixed-model moving assembly line at its Contagem factory.
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    Moving assembly line improves locomotive manufacturing efficiency

    2018-02-01T12:39:15Z

    BRAZIL: This month GE Transportation’s factory at Contagem expects to roll-out the first locomotive to completed using a newly-commissioned mixed-model moving assembly line. This is GE Transportation’s first moving production line, and insiders believe it may be one of the first in the locomotive sector. The plant mainly builds ...

  • Vale is to deploy GE Transportation’s Trip Optimizer automated cruise control system across 114 locomotives used on the Estrada de Ferro Carajás heavy haul network.
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    Vale anticipates fuel saving from Trip Optimizer

    2017-06-06T08:48:17Z

    BRAZIL: Vale expects to make significant fuel savings by deploying GE Transportation’s Trip Optimizer automated cruise control system across 114 locomotives used on the Estrada de Ferro Carajás heavy haul network. Pilot tests are also expected to start shortly on the Vitória a Minas network, and on the Nacala Corridor ...

  • The Greenbrier Companies has increased its directly owned stake in wagon manufacturer Amsted-Maxion Equipamentos E Serviços Ferroviários.
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    Greenbrier invests in Brazil as European deal nears completion

    2017-05-03T11:03:42Z

    BRAZIL: The Greenbrier Companies completed investments to increase its directly owned stake in wagon manufacturer Amsted-Maxion Equipamentos E Serviços Ferroviários (Greenbrier-Maxion) from 19∙5% to 60% on April 28, and has also increased its stake in castings and components supplier Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro from 19∙5% to 24∙5%. The investment in Amsted-Maxion Cruzeiro ...

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    Greenbrier aims to grow in South America

    2017-03-02T14:15:11Z

    BRAZIL: 'We are expanding our investments in Brazil to reach customers who need high-quality transportation equipment and in pursuit of continued growth and further diversification of Greenbrier's global business into new markets', said The Greenbrier Companies Chairman & CEO William A Furman on March 2. This followed Greenbrier’s announcement that ...

  • BVV supplied gauge-changing wheelsets for coaches which Stadler is building for Azerbaijan.
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    Wheel and axle group to be sold to Chinese investor

    2016-11-08T06:00:00Z

    GERMANY: Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH has reached an agreement to sell 100% of its wheel and axle subsidiary GMH Railway Systems to group of Chinese investors led by Full Hill Enterprises Ltd. GMH Railway Systems includes Bochumer Verein Verkehrstechnik which is a certificated wheel and axle manufacturer for China’s high speed ...

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    Hyundai Rotem opens Brazilian train factory

    2016-04-01T14:54:00Z

    BRAZIL: A ceremony marking the completion of Hyundai Rotem’s rolling stock assembly plant at Araraquara in São Paulo state was held on March 30, almost exactly one year after the laying of the foundation stone. The 150 000 m 2 site is Hyundai Rotem’s third factory outside Korea, ...

  • Scomi Engineering held a groundbreaking ceremony for its monorail factory in Taubaté on March 12.
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    Monorail factory groundbreaking

    2016-03-14T16:09:00Z

    BRAZIL: Malaysian company Scomi Engineering held a groundbreaking ceremony for its monorail factory in Taubaté on March 12. The R$50m plant is being developed on a 98 000 m 2 site between the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The factory will be modelled on Scomi’s plant ...

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    BNDES funds VLI rolling stock

    2015-12-17T14:38:00Z

    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES has approved funding of R$587⋅8m for the acquisition of 16 diesel locomotives and 1 916 wagons by freight operator VLI Multimodal. BNDES is to provide R$392⋅9m directly, and Banco Safra R$195m. By acquiring new rolling stock in 2016, VLI is looking to increase freight capacity ...

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    Systra acquires Tectran

    2015-08-13T08:53:00Z

    BRAZIL: French engineering firm Systra has acquired Brazilian consultancy and engineering company Tectran Tectran is headquartered in Belo Horizonte and employs 80 people. The company works in metro, rail and road infrastructure engineering, urban planning and logistics studies. The two companies have worked together since 2013 on passenger ...

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    BNDES funds locomotive orders

    2015-07-12T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES has announced that it is to provide R$70⋅5m to finance the purchase of 19 AC44i locomotives from GE Transportation. To be provided via Banco Alfa Investimento SA, the funding will meet 50% of the total cost of 12 locomotives being acquired by freight operator VLI ...

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    More concessions to boost Brazilian investment

    2015-06-18T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: President Dilma Rousseff announced on June 9 that R$198 ∙ 4bn is to be invested in transport infrastructure under a new concessions programme, with the aim of stimulating the economy and boosting the export sector. Total investment is expected to reach R$69 ∙ 2bn between 2015 and 2018. This ...