Central & South America

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    Severino Sombra University launches MBA in Railway Engineering

    2021-06-15T05:58:00Z

    BRAZIL: Severino Sombra University is offering a 20-month railway engineering course leading to a Master of Business Administration qualification.

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    Merval extension moves ahead

    2021-05-27T13:00:00Z

    CHILE: An environmental impact assessment is due to be completed by July for an extension of the Valparaíso suburban service from Limache to La Calera as part of the government’s Chile on Rails programme. Inaugurated in 2006, the Metro de Valparaíso suburban service runs for ...

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    Progress Rail acquires Brazilian software company Nitryx

    2021-05-23T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Progress Rail has acquired software and consulting company Nitryx, which develops decision support tools for network optimisation, yard planning, crew management and rail movement planning. Nitryx has expertise in optimisation algorithms, artificial intelligence, computer vision, Radio Frequency Identification, advanced sensor application, internet of things ...

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    PetroCity plans general freight railway

    2021-05-10T14:45:00Z

    BRAZIL: Industrial group PetroCity Portos SA is pursuing plans to develop a new railway to serve the states of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais, running inland from a proposed port, logistics and business complex at Urussuquara, south of São Mateus on the Atlantic coast.

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    Siemens Mobility CBTC for Salvador metro extension

    2021-05-07T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Bahia state transport authority CTB has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply communications-based train control to support GoA2 attended semi-automatic train operation on a 5 km extension of Salvador metro Line 1 from Pirajá to Águas Claras/Cajazeiras, including two stations. Siemens Mobility will ...

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    Maranhão Railway to serve deepwater port

    2021-05-06T14:39:00Z

    BRAZIL: Plans are taking shape for the construction of a heavy haul railway and deepwater port in northeastern Brazil, in order to accommodate rising export traffic from the mining and agricultural sectors.

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    Port drives Arica – La Paz railway reopening

    2021-05-05T13:12:00Z

    CHILE: A test train was dispatched from the port of Arica on May 5, signalling the reactivation of the Chilean section of the Arica – La Paz railway for freight traffic after being mothballed for almost 16 years.

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    Partnership will promote industry research

    2021-05-01T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Industry association Abifer has signed a ‘strategic alliance’ with the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Research Innovation (Embrapii) to promote research and innovation. The agreement aims to cement the relationship between Abifer’s member companies and Embrapii’s network of research centres and institutions to ...

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    Rail’s market share to rise in Brazil's National Logistics Plan

    2021-04-29T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Rail’s role in the national transport matrix will increase under proposals set out in the 2035 National Logistics Plan unveiled by the government on April 20. Already made available for consultation by interested parties, the Plan has been prepared to support the establishment of ...

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    Shunting robots speed grain exports

    2021-04-14T15:57:00Z

    BRAZIL: German industrial automation specialist Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH has commissioned four remote-controlled shunting robots at the Archer Daniels Midland grain export terminal in Santos.

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    Ferrocarril Central completion delayed until 2023

    2021-04-13T12:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The completion date for the Ferrocarril Central programme to modernise the 273 km line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros has been put back from September 2022 until May 2023. At the end of 2020 the works were 31% complete, instead of 53% ...

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    US supports Brazilian urban networks

    2021-04-12T15:33:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Brazil’s National Association of Passenger Rail Operators, ANPTrilhos has signed a technical co-operation agreement with the American Public Transportation Association, paving the way for the two organisations to exchange information and experience. Using a videoconference link, Executive Director of ANPTrilhos Roberta ...

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    Bamin wins FIOL concession

    2021-04-09T13:22:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Ministry of Infrastructure announced on April 8 that Bahia Mineraçao (Bamin) was the sole bidder and winner of the 35-year sub-concession to complete and operate the 537 km section of the Ferrovia de Integração Oeste-Leste between Caetité and the port of Ilhéus. The ...

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    Bids sought to improve access to Santos port

    2021-04-08T10:45:00Z

    BRAZIL: The state government of São Paulo has invited expressions of interest by April 26 for a feasibility study to provide multimodal access from the São Paulo plateau to the port of Santos.

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    T’Trans wins wagon order

    2021-04-02T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Manufacturer T’Trans has resumed wagon production with an order for MRS Logística. The wagons will be assembled at the T’Trans factory in Três Rios in Rio de Janeiro state. Designed to carry gravel or other aggregates, the Type HNT wagons will feature automated unloading. ...

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    MRS Logística promotes early concession renewal

    2021-03-30T13:53:00Z

    BRAZIL: MRS Logística has unveiled the first of three locomotives being liveried to promote the early renewal of its concession. The SD70-ACe supplied by Progress Rail Brasil carries a new livery designed by Cecilia Guiomar dos Santos which was chosen by staff in a poll during ...

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    Biotren fleet unveiled

    2021-03-26T10:00:00Z

    CHILE: The 15 Chinese-built multiple-units ordered by national operator EFE to work regional services in the south of the country were formally unveiled on March 23. As part of the government’s Chile on Rails investment strategy, EFE awarded contracts in 2018 ...

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    Four start-ups chosen in Rumo’s Fuse safety innovation programme

    2021-03-15T14:25:00Z

    BRAZIL: Ideas and concepts to improve safety at level crossings are to be developed and tested under plans announced by freight concessionaire Rumo. Four proposals have been selected for development under the Fuse programme to identify and implement safety improvements, which was launched by the operator ...

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    President opens section of Ferrovia Norte-Sul as project nears completion

    2021-03-12T14:32:00Z

    BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro and Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas officiated at the opening of a 172 km section of the 1 600 mm gauge Ferrovia Norte-Sul between São Simão in Goiás state and Estrela D’Oeste in São Paulo state. Held in the recently ...

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    Costa Rica commissions feasibility study into Pacific railway revival

    2021-02-26T13:43:00Z

    COSTA RICA: Railway agency INCOFER has awarded Korea National Railway, Dong Il Engineering and Soosung Engineering a contract to study the feasibility of reviving the 98·3 km line running west from the capital San Jose with Puntarenas on the Pacific coast. ...