Central & South America – Page 17

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    DB Rail Academy starts Brazilian training programme


    BRAZIL: Working with local sector organisations, DB Engineering & Consulting has launched the country’s first internationally certified training programme for rail and logistics managers. Under the DB Rail Academy programme, an initial tranche of 35 managers from rail freight and passenger operators began an 18-month course in Brasilia on February ...

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    Belgrano renewals reach 400 km


    ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Transport announced on February 21 that its track renewals programme on the 1 000 mm gauge Belgrano network had completed 400 km of the 535 km to be upgraded under the first phase. Involving the replacement of wooden sleepers with concrete, new rail and reballasting with ...

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    Tendering starts for Buenos Aires metro concession


    ARGENTINA: Tendering for a 12-year concession to operate and maintain the Buenos Aires metro network has been launched by the city government. Due to start on January 1 2019, the new contract is being tendered by metro authority SBASE, which will be responsible for setting service levels and fares. As ...

  • Ferroviaria Andina has placed the first order for Stadler's South American Light Loco, known as SALi.

    Ferroviaria Andina orders Stadler SALi locomotives


    BOLIVIA: Ferroviaria Andina has placed the first order for three locomotives to Stadler’s South American Light Loco design, which has been developed specifically for the Latin American market. The SALi locomotives to be manufactured at Stadler’s Valencia plant in Spain are derived from the Eurodual family. Stadler said the ‘ultra-lightweight’ ...

  • GE Transportation has commissioned a mixed-model moving assembly line at its Contagem factory.

    Moving assembly line improves locomotive manufacturing efficiency


    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 ...

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    CRRC to supply 200 Roca EMU cars


    ARGENTINA: Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich has given his approval for an order to be placed directly with CRRC Qingdao Sifang of China for the supply of 200 EMU cars for the Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires, with an estimated cost of US$316∙5m. Joining a fleet of 42 EMUs previously ...

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    CRRC to supply locomotives to Jamaica


    JAMAICA: Aluminium company Alpart has awarded CRRC Qishuyan Co a contract to supply DF8B diesel locomotives in the first half of 2018. CRRC said the order which was confirmed during December was its first from Jamaica, which is the 104th country where the group has won contracts. ...

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    Transmashholding invests in Argentina


    ARGENTINA: Transmashholding of Russia is to spend US$3m to refurbish and reopen the Mechita rolling stock workshops in the province of Buenos Aires, under the terms of an agreement signed on December 20 by Franco Comparato, representing its local subsidiary TMH Argentina, and Trenes Argentinos Infraestructura President ...

  • RUMO has awarded Wabtec Corp a US$5m contract to design, install and commission a train management and dispatching system.

    Wabtec awarded Santos yard control contract


    BRAZIL: Freight operator RUMO has awarded Wabtec Corp a US$5m contract to design, install and commission a train management and dispatching system to improve safety and efficiency at its yard serving the port of Santos. The scope includes signalling and interlocking integration and staff training. Completion is planned the end ...

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    ACTN consortium to complete Cuenca tramway works


    ECUADOR: A consortium of Alstom, Compagnie International de Maintenance and the NGE Group joint venture of NGE Contracting and TSO has been selected to complete the civil works on the starter light rail line in Cuenca. Planning for a modern tramway in the mountainous southern city began in 2011 with ...

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    Sinara locos arrive in Cuba


    CUBA: During a ceremony at the port of Habana on November 23, Unión de Ferrocarriles de Cuba Director General Eduardo Hernández took delivery of seven of the 75 Type TGM8KM diesel-hydraulic locomotives being supplied from Russia by Sinara Transport Machines. UFC is expecting to take delivery of 15 locomotives this ...

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    Army studies dual gauge


    ARGENTINA: Under an agreement signed with infrastructure manager Trenes Argentinos Infraestructura, army engineers are to undertake studies for providing 1 676 mm gauge on a 60 km section of the 1 435 mm gauge Urquiza network between Zárate and Pilar. This will include new junctions and the design of specialised ...

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    Roca electrified to La Plata


    ARGENTINA: Electric services began operating between City Bell and La Plata on the Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires on October 18, marking completion of an electrification project undertaken as part of a US$250m upgrade of the 1 676 mm gauge commuter routes running south from the capital. With the ...

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    Rail connection to Vaca Muerta proposed


    ARGENTINA: State-owned oil company YPF has presented the Ministry of Transport with a US$500m project to build a rail connection to the Vaca Muerta field in the province of Neuquén, requiring new construction and the upgrading of existing infrastructure over a total of 700 km. In addition to materials required ...

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    1 500 EMU cars for Buenos Aires


    ARGENTINA: The federal government announced on September 26 the start of tendering for what it describes as the largest rolling stock order ever to be placed for the Buenos Aires commuter network, covering the supply of 1 500 EMU cars or 169 trainsets plus maintenance over 10 years in five ...

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    Loan funds more Incofer rolling stock


    COSTA RICA: President Luis Guillermo Solís has announced that state railway Incofer is to purchase an additional eight trainsets for 52m colones towards the end of this year, using a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. Modernising the railway network would, according to Solís, enable Costa Rica ...

  • An initial agreement for upgrading Cuba's rail network has been signed by RZD International.

    Cuba and RZD agree railway modernisation


    CUBA: An agreement for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the rail network was signed by national railway Unión Ferrocarriles de Cuba and Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International on September 21, during a meeting in Moscow of the Russian-Cuban Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Commercial, Scientific & Technological Co-operation. The document ...

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    Mitre viaduct works underway


    ARGENTINA: On September 5 President Mauricio Macri joined Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, head of the Bueno Aires city government, and Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich to mark the start of work on a 3∙9 km elevated alignment for the Mitre commuter route. Running between Avenida Dorrego and Avenida Congreso, the new viaduct ...

  • The Inter-American Development Bank has previously funded electrification of the Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires.

    IDB funds San Martín electrification


    ARGENTINA: The Inter-American Development Bank announced on August 24 that it had approved a U$400m loan to fund electrification of the San Martín commuter route in Buenos Aires, running for 76∙3 km from the Retiro terminus to Pilar. As well as electrification at 25 kV AC, the programme will include ...

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    Alstom signs first main line signalling contract in Argentina


    ARGENTINA: Alstom announced on August 22 that it had signed its first contract to supply main line signalling equipment in Argentina, a €10m deal to renew electro-mechanical interlockings at Marcos Paz, General Las Heras, Empalme Lobos and Lobos on the Sarmiento commuter route in Buenos Aires. As subcontractor to Constructora ...