Central & South America – Page 7

  • Bogota metro Line 1 train mockup (1)
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    Bogotá metro train mock-up unveiled

    2022-07-22T05:00:00Z

    COLOMBIA: CRRC Changchun has unveiled a mock-up of the 30 driverless trainsets it is to supply for Bogotá metro Line 1. The six-car trainsets will be 145 m long and 2 900 mm wide and will be able to carry up to 1 800 passengers. ...

  • PantoInspect
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    Taking pantograph monitoring to the Americas

    2022-07-15T13:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Ricardo and PantoInspect have formed a strategic alliance to supply PanMon pantograph monitoring technology in the Americas, building on its use in Europe, Australia and Africa. PanMon uses high-definition cameras and lasers above or adjacent to the track to scan passing pantographs at 3 000 ...

  • OptiFuel Argentina locomotive diagram cropped
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    Gas locomotive collaboration agreement

    2022-07-14T13:50:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Ferrocarriles Argentinos Sociedad del Estado and OptiFuel Systems are to plan the repowering of 400 diesel locomotives to run on 100% compressed natural gas and/or renewable natural gas, with the aim of meeting decarbonisation goals. US low-emissions technology company OptiFuel is developing modular kits for ...

  • Incofer DMU, loco and coach
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    Central bank to roll out national contactless transport payment system

    2022-07-07T12:00:00Z

    COSTA RICA: The SINPE-TP national electronic payment system for public transport is being rolled out on trains and buses by central bank BCCR, which estimates that contactless payments for public transport could reduce cash payments nationwide by 25%. Announcing a contract to provide BCCR with a ...

  • MRS Logistica Wabtec ES44ACi loco
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    MRS Logística to invest R$10bn after early concession renewal

    2022-06-30T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Federal Audit Court has approved the early renewal of MRS Logística’s concession to operate freight services on its 1 643 km broad and mixed gauge network serving the states of Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais and São Paulo. This paves the way for MRS ...

  • Ferrocarril Central Andino GE C30-7
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    Peru’s ‘Señor Tren’ joins Railroad Development Corp

    2022-06-29T09:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Railway investment and management company Railroad Development Corp has appointed Dr Juan de Dios Olaechea as Managing Director, International Business Development, with initial target markets of Latin America and worldwide mining-related opportunities.

  • Panama metro construction (Photo TCP Rail) (1)
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    Panamá metro contracts awarded

    2022-06-14T13:55:00Z

    PANAMA: Metro de Panamá has awarded the TCP Rail joint venture of TSO and CIM two contracts for extension works and infrastructure maintenance. A US$13·9m contract covers the design, supply and installation of track and rigid catenary for a 2·2 km elevated extension of Line 1 ...

  • Rio tram 2
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    Tram network planned in northern Rio

    2022-06-14T11:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The Rio de Janeiro state government is to call tenders this year for the construction of a 23 km tram network serving the city’s northern suburbs including Nova Iguaçu, Belford Roxo and Pavuna. There would be interchanges with Metro Line 2 and Supervia suburban railway ...

  • Ferrocarril Central bridge (Photo: IDB Invest)
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    IDB Invest structures Ferrocarril Central financing package

    2022-06-08T11:05:00Z

    URUGUAY: Inter-American Development Bank Group’s private sector arm IDB Invest has structured a US$250m financing package for the Ferrocarril Central PPP project to rehabilitate the 273 km north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. The fixed rate B-bond is the largest B-bond structured ...

  • Wabtec train doors
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    São Paulo train door order

    2022-05-24T08:04:00Z

    BRAZIL: Wabtec has announced its largest South American train door order, covering the supply of 2 304 doors for 36 eight-car Series 8900 Metropolis trains which Alstom is building for São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda). The EMUs were ordered in July 2021 ...

  • Mendoza Metrotranvía ex-San Diego LRV (4)
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    San Diego LRVs find new home in Argentina

    2022-05-19T12:24:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Mendoza’s Metrotranvía has taken delivery of the first three of up to 39 Siemens SD100 light rail vehicles which have been donated to the city by the US city of San Diego’s operator MTS. The LRVs forming MTS’s second generation fleet have been in service since ...

  • CRRC Jujuy Argentina
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    Battery trains ordered for tourist services in Argentina

    2022-05-17T09:28:00Z

    ARGENTINA: Governor of Jujuy province Gerardo Morales has signed a contract for CRRC Tangshan to supply battery-powered ‘new-energy light rail’ trainsets for use on a tourist service between Volcán and Tilcara. The two-car articulated trains will have lithium batteries charged using solar power, a maximum speed ...

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    Santos port rail network to be tendered

    2022-05-12T05:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Bids for a concession to operate the 100 km internal rail network in the port of Santos are to be called in July if the Federal Audit Court agrees to the proposals. Interested parties are likely to include existing rail operators Rumo, MRS and VLI. ...

  • A short-lived passenger service was launched in Jamaica in 2011.
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    Universities to assist Jamaican railway revival ambitions

    2022-05-10T11:00:00Z

    JAMAICA: The University of Technology and the UK’s University of Birmingham have signed a memorandum of understanding for technical co-operation to develop engineering capabilities in support of ambitions to revive railway services. The MoU was facilitated by Dr Kevin Brown of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council, ...

  • Vale CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive battery loco
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    Vale takes delivery of CRRC battery locomotive

    2022-05-03T10:34:00Z

    BRAZIL: Vale’s Estrado de Ferro Carajás has taken delivery of a battery locomotive for trials to inform decisions on its traction decarbonisation strategy. The latest locomotive has been supplied by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive, and follows from an EMD Joule battery loco which Progress Rail’s Sete Lagoas ...

  • A freight train operated by Rumo passing through Sorocaba in São Paulo state.
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    São Paulo plans rail revival

    2022-05-02T12:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: The São Paulo state government has drawn up a Strategic Railway Plan which aims to revitalise much of the network of underused or moribund lines that have been left to decay in many parts of the state. The plan has been developed by the Logistics ...

  • Sao Paulo Line 17 BYD monorail (2)
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    São Paulo Line 17 monorail cars unveiled

    2022-04-19T08:00:00Z

    BRAZIL: Chinese manufacture BYD has unveiled the first monorail trainset for São Paulo Line 17 at its factory in Shenzhen. In April 2020, BYD SkyRail São Paulo and Metro do São Paulo signed a contract for the supply of 14 five-car trainsets, along with track components, ...

  • ViaMobilidade operates Sao Paulo lines 8 and 9
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    São Paulo suburban line upgrading contracts awarded

    2022-04-13T09:36:00Z

    BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban lines 8 (Diamante) and 9 (Esmeralda) operating and maintenance concessionaire ViaMobilidade Linhas 8 e 9 has awarded Siemens Mobility two contracts to modernise the signalling and electrical systems. For the 41·6 km Line 8, Siemens Mobility will design, supply and install an ...

  • Portren has begun construction of a US$25m workshop and operations centre near Juanicó
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    Portren workshop construction gets underway

    2022-03-31T05:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: Nascent rail freight operator Portren has begun construction of a US$25m workshop and operations centre near Juanicó where it will maintain its growing rolling stock fleet Portren is a three-way joint venture formed by Deutsche Bahn International Operations, Christophersen of Uruguay and the Spanish company ...

  • Suzano Wabtec ES44ACi loco
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    Brazilian diesel locomotive deliveries

    2022-03-30T10:07:00Z

    BRAZIL: Wabtec is to deliver batches of ES44ACi diesel heavy freight locomotives to Rumo, Suzano and MRS in late March and early April. Rumo has ordered five of the locos, Suzano has ordered 17 which will be operated by Rumo, and MRS has ordered three. ...