Central & South America

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    Minas Gerais plan includes passenger revival

    2020-11-09T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Proposals for revitalising the rail network, including revival of both freight and passenger services, are being assessed in the state of Minas Gerais. Forming part of a Strategic Railway Plan for the state, the plans were presented at a hearing of the Extraordinary Commission for ...

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    Panamá City monorail rolling stock and rail systems contract signed

    2020-11-05T05:00:00Z

    PANAMA: The HPH joint venture which is prime contractor for the Panamá City metro Line 3 monorail has signed a US$883m contract for Hitachi Ltd, Hitachi Rail STS and Mitsubishi Corp to supply rolling stock and railway systems. Hitachi and Hitachi Rail will provide 28 six-car ...

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    Bogotá metro train order placed

    2020-11-04T11:24:00Z

    COLOMBIA: China Harbour Engineering Co awarded CRRC Changchun a contract to supply 30 driverless trainsets for the future Bogotá metro Line 1 on October 30. Line 1 is to be built by the APCA Transmimetro consortium of China Harbour Engineering Co (85%) ...

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    Reopenings will add capacity to São Paulo network

    2020-10-30T11:16:00Z

    BRAZIL: Governor of São Paulo state João Doria has announced that two moribund sections of the national rail network will be reinstated as part of a R$6bn plan to expand capacity within the state from 35 to 75 million tonnes of freight a year.

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    Salvador monorail design contract awarded

    2020-10-29T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Salvador monorail PPP concessionaire leader BYD has awarded SENER a contract to prepare detailed designs for the railway systems. The 23·6 km straddle monorail with 25 stations will run from São João Island to an interchange with the existing metro lines ...

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    Uruguayan freight operating contract awarded

    2020-10-19T13:50:00Z

    URUGUAY: Finnish paper group UPM has awarded a consortium of Christophersen Group, Cointer Concesiones and Deutsche Bahn International Operations a 22-year contract to move up to 3 million tonnes/year of wood pulp, chemicals and fuel between its future pulp mill at Paso de los Toros and the port of Montevideo.

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    Tax deal helps pulp supplier source transport fleet

    2020-10-16T10:04:00Z

    BRAZIL: Wood pulp and cellulose production company Bracell has qualified for an incentive scheme offering tax benefits towards the acquisition of rolling stock needed to move pulp between Pederneiras and the port of Santos in São Paulo state on the Atlantic coast, a distance of around 400 ...

  • São Paulo Metro Line 4 (Photo: Benjamin Zelki)
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    São Paulo Metro Line 6 concession reallocated

    2020-10-06T13:58:00Z

    BRAZIL: The state of São Paulo has signed a formal agreement transferring the concession to build, operate and maintain São Paulo metro Line 6 from the Move São Paulo consortium to the Acciona-led Concessionária Linha Universidade, with the aim of restarting the project which has been at ...

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    Brazilian passenger rail revival agreement

    2020-09-29T10:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: An agreement intended to pave the way for the eventual introduction of more passenger services on the national rail network has been signed by the ANPTrilhos association of passenger operators and the Ministry of Infrastructure. The technical co-operation agreement was signed on September 14 by ...

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    FS International completes Ferrocarril Central advisory work

    2020-08-18T06:07:00Z

    URUGUAY: FS Group has completed its six-month technical advisory contract covering work on the Ferrocarril Central upgrading project, the Italian state railway holding group said in early August. Its consulting arm FS International submitted a final report to the Ministry of Transport Public ...

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    São Paulo plans longer Line 20 following monorail cancellation

    2020-08-13T13:00:00Z

    Photo: Benjamin Zelki BRAZIL: A consortium of GPO, Geocompany and Geotec has been awarded a contract covering preliminary engineering design and an environmental impact study for the planned Line 20 metro in São Paulo . The contract is worth R$5∙3m and work is due for ...

  • Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a battery shunting locomotive which Vale plans to use to reduce emissions from its rail operations
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    EMD Joule battery shunting locomotive under development

    2020-07-28T16:21:00Z

    BRAZIL: Progress Rail has announced EMD Joule, a lithium-ion battery shunting locomotive which it hopes to make available to the global market in early 2021. The Caterpillar subsidiary is working with mining group Vale to develop the 100% electric locomotive, in a project which has brought ...

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    CAF awarded São Paulo train maintenance contract

    2020-07-28T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM has awarded CAF a four-year contract for the maintenance of eight suburban electric multiple-units which it supplied in 2011-12 for use on Line 10. The work will be carried out by the Spanish company’s CAF Brazil subsidiary at the operator’s ...

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    Siemens to resignal Buenos Aires Line D

    2020-07-17T15:18:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires metro authority SBASE has selected Siemens Mobility to install Communications-Based Train Control and a new passenger information system on the capital’s Line D.

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    Locomotives exported from the USA to Peru

    2020-07-12T05:00:00Z

    PERU: Logistics company Dachser has delivered two 180 tonne diesel locomotives to Lima from the Port of Houston in the USA. ‘Managing all the steps of this type of heavy-lift cargo project can be quite challenging; however, Dachser was able to ...

  • The line’s axle load will be raised to 22·5 tonnes and the maximum speed for freight trains to 80 km/h (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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    Vossloh wins first contract in Uruguay

    2020-06-16T09:22:00Z

    URUGUAY: Vossloh has won its first contract from Uruguay, covering the supply of rail fastenings for the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km route between the port of Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. Earlier this year the Durmientes de Uruguay joint venture of ...

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    Rumo signs Paulista railway concession

    2020-06-08T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: National land transportation agency ANTT and the Ministry of Infrastructure have signed the long-awaited extension of Rumo Logística’s concession to manage and operate the Paulista network. The concession covers 1 463 km of 1 600 mm gauge route, 243 km of 1 000 mm ...

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    Cuenca tramway opens

    2020-05-29T15:47:00Z

    ECUADOR: The Cuenca tramway opened for limited passenger services on May 25, with regular services scheduled to start in June. Travel will be free of charge for the first two months. Because of Covid-19 measures, the capacity of each of the eight ...

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    Military help to complete FIOL railway

    2020-05-29T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Visiting the grain producing centre of São Desidério in Bahia state on May 18, Transport Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas announced that the Brazilian army would be brought in to build part of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste project. Inspecting a construction site and visiting ...

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    Santiago tenders Line 7 construction

    2020-05-28T15:36:00Z

    CHILE: Metro de Santiago has called tenders for construction of the first section of its new east - west Line 7. Bids are due to be submitted by August 26, with the winning bidder expected to be announced in February 2021.