Central & South America

  • Uruguay track (Photo Marcelo Benoit)

    ETCS delays hinder Uruguayan rail revival


    URUGUAY: A number of problems have been preventing the operation of passenger and freight services, with some not expected to be resolved until a new government is formed in March 2025. The railway union is negotiating with the transport ministry for a reorganisation of national railway ...

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    Logistics company orders locos to enter Uruguayan rail market


    URUGUAY: Logistics company Grupo RAS has ordered three Wabtec C23EMP diesel locomotives to support its plans to enter the Uruguayan railway market. Wabtec will manufacture the locomotives at its Contagem plant in Brazil for delivery by late 2025. The C23EMP is designed for low axleload operations, ...

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    São Paulo – Campinas inter-city train project awarded


    BRAZIL: A Chinese-backed consortium has won the bidding auction to introduce inter-city passenger services linking São Paulo with Campinas.

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    First rails laid on Vicente Emilio Vuolo Railway


    BRAZIL: The first 3 km of track has been laid near Rondonópolis in Mato Grosso state on the 743 km Senador Vicente Emilio Vuolo Railway that will eventually link the south of the state with the capital Cuiabá, Nova Mutum and Lucas do Rio Verde. Being ...

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    MRS Logística orders Wabtec locomotives


    BRAZIL: MRS Logística has ordered 30 Wabtec ES44ACi Evolution Series diesel locomotives as part of its fleet renewal strategy. The deal announced on February 21 is valued at around R$500m, with the first deliveries scheduled for this year. Features will include lower emissions than the predecessor ...

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    Funding agreed for Curitiba light rail studies


    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES has agreed to fund studies for a 22·8 km light rail line linking Centro Cívico in Curitiba with Afonso Pena International Airport in neighbouring São José dos Pinhais. A contract for BNDES to provide R$12·5m to fund the technical-operational, economic, legal, ...

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    CRRC electro-diesel multiple-units enter service in Chile


    CHILE: The six four-car electro-diesel multiple-units that CRRC Sifang supplied for regional operator EFE Central have entered revenue services on the Santiago Estación Central – Curicó route. A ceremony on January 19 has been attended by Minister Secretary General of the Government, Camila Vallejo, Minister of ...

  • Tenders to be called for Salvador tram network photo gov of Bahia
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    Salvador seeks tram network to replace aborted monorail scheme


    BRAZIL: The state government of Bahia has approved the call of tenders for the construction of a three-line light rail network in Salvador totalling 36 km at an estimated cost of R$3·6bn. The first 16·6 km line would link Calçada in the centre of the conurbation ...

  • Firma Ineco y CAF

    Co-operation to promote sustainable transport in Europe and Latin America


    INTERNATIONAL: Spanish government-owned engineering consultancy Ineco and Latin America and Caribbean development bank CAF have signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim of establishing a framework to share knowledge and promote the competitiveness of the transport sector. This includes an emphasis on the railway sector ...

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    Peru’s first underground metro line opens


    PERU: The first section of Lima metro Line 2 has been opened by President Dina Boluarte and Minister of Transport & Communications Raúl Pérez Reyes. Phase 1a, which opened on December 21, runs 5 km entirely underground from Evitamiento to Mercado Santa Anita with five stations. ...

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    Brazil: São Paulo stands out in uneven picture


    Metro, monorail and suburban rail extensions totalling 39km are now being built in São Paulo, but several of the other fastest-growing Brazilian cities, including Rio de Janeiro, have no major projects currently under way, despite optimism among suppliers. Benjámin Zelki reports.

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    Brazil: National Railway Plan will reset project agenda


    Government efforts to inject fresh impetus into the rail business and increase its share of the freight market continue, but reliance is being placed on the private sector to fund new projects. Murray Hughes reports.

  • Córdoba suburban rail extended photo Trenes Argentinos (2)

    Córdoba regional train service expanded


    ARGENTINA: Tren de las Sierras regional services in the northern city of Córdoba have been expanded to serve Capilla del Monte, following the completion of renovation work on a 34 km section of the metre-gauge line from Valle Hermoso. Work to rebuild the single-track route included ...

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    Alstom invests in Brazil amid strong outlook for South American metro sector


    BRAZIL: Alstom is about to start producing metro trainsets for São Paulo Line 6 at its Taubaté factory as the company invests to support growing rail markets in South America.

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    Santiago metro extension enhances local amenities


    CHILE: President Gabriel Boric has inaugurated a 5·2 km extension of Santiago metro Line 2. The four-station section at the south end of the route takes Line 2 from La Cisterna to Hospital El Pino, and it has been built at a cost of US$409·2m. Opened ...

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    São Paulo light rail plan to be studied


    BRAZIL: São Paulo municipality is working on a plan to build two circular light rail lines totalling 12 km in the centre of the city. Brazil’s Minister of Cities Jader Barbalho Filho announced at the COP28 UN Climate Summit in Dubai on December 1 that, following ...

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    High altitude underground metro fully opens


    ECUADOR: Full revenue services on the Quito metro finally began on December 1, with local residents cutting ribbons to officially open each of the 15 stations. Mayor Pabel Muñoz reported that 273 000 people travelled on the metro in the first three days, and called on ...

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    CRRC wins Argentina DMU order


    ARGENTINA: China’s CRRC has announced what it says is the largest diesel multiple-unit order in Argentina’s history, covering the supply of 50 trainsets. The order announced by CRRC on November 13 includes 25 broad gauge DMUs, 15 metre-gauge trainsets and 10 standard-gauge trains. ...

  • Retiro terminus Mitre Lines photos Trenes Argentinos (4)

    Track and signalling renewals completed at Buenos Aires hub


    ARGENTINA: The complex rebuilding of the Mitre suburban railway’s Retiro terminus in Buenos Aires was completed on November 6. This was marked by the restoration of services on the Bartolomé Mitre branch from the station. The station has seen the platform tracks and approaches renovated ...

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    Freight railways revived in northern Argentina


    ARGENTINA: Trenes Argentinos Cargas has restarted freight services on a 158 km section of the Belgrano Cargas metre-gauge network in the north of the country after a 10-year hiatus. The railway connecting Pichanal with Río Del Valle has reopened following extensive reconstruction. The inaugural train on ...