All Central and South America articles – Page 2

  • Battery systems from Saft are being fitted to 58 locomotives used by freight operator MRS Logística.
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    Brazilian locomotives fitted with Saft batteries

    2019-04-26T09:03:00Z

    BRAZIL: Battery systems from Saft are being fitted to 58 GE Transportation locomotives used by freight operator MRS Logística. The 64 V batteries will provide power to start the 16-cylinder engines up to 14 times a day. They are based on Saft’s SRX190 FR-PP or SRX1900P cells, provide a capacity ...

  • Track renewal works on the Tres Arboles – Salto Grande line have reached Paysandú (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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    Track upgrading underway in Uruguay

    2019-04-03T11:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: Track renewal works on the Tres Arboles – Salto Grande line have reached Paysandú. Comsa is working on the ballasting and levelling of the track, and has begun taking delivery of turnouts from Spanish supplier Amurrio Ferrocarril y Equipos. The Tres Arboles – Piedra Sola route is to ...

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    Rumo wins Norte-Sul operating concession

    2019-03-29T17:40:38Z

    BRAZIL: Rumo has won the tender for a 30-year concession to complete and operate the 1 537 km southern section of the Ferrovia Norte-Sul corridor linking Porto Nacional in Tocantins to Estrela d'Oeste in São Paulo state. When the offers were opened on March 28, Rumo’s bid of R$2·72bn was ...

  • The International Union of Railways and the Latin American Railway Association signe a memorandum of understanding in São Paulo.
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    Interoperability needed in South America, says UIC

    2019-03-20T11:25:00Z

    SOUTH AMERICA: The International Union of Railways and the Latin American Railway Association signed a memorandum of understanding in São Paulo on March 19 covering co-operation in staff training and education, railway engineering, passenger and freight transport, tourist trains and the exchange of data. ‘Railways in Latin America should be ...

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    Santiago – Valparaíso proposal submitted

    2019-02-13T10:47:12Z

    CHILE: Proposals to build a high-performance railway between the capital Santiago and the port of Valparaíso have been formally submitted to the Ministry of Public Works by the Tren Valparaíso Santiago consortium of local firm of Sigdo Koppers and China Railway Engineering Corp. According to the promoters, the US$2·5bn project ...

  • A contract for TMH's Bryansk plant to supply 23 diesel locomotives to Cuba was signed on January 24.
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    TMH signs Cuban locomotive contract

    2019-01-25T08:00:00Z

    CUBA: A contract for Bryansk Machine Building Works to supply of 23 diesel locomotives to Cuba was signed by Transmashholding and importer Tradex on January 24. Delivery to Habana is planned in 45 months. The Type LDE-2500 design will be adapted to cope with the humid conditions in Cuba. ...

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    Roca signalling contract awarded

    2019-01-02T16:39:00Z

    ARGENTINA: The Ministry of Transport has awarded a consortium of Alstom (58%) and POSE (42%) a €90m contract to modernise the signalling on the Avellaneda – La Plata, Temperley – Bosques – Berazategui and Bosques – Villa Elisa sections of the 1676 mm gauge Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires. ...

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    Tacuarembó - Rivera reopens as track renewals completed

    2018-12-24T13:53:14Z

    URUGUAY: Passenger services returned to AFE’s northern route between Tacuarembó and the Brazilian border at Rivera were reinstated on December 19 following an 18-year hiatus. Passenger services on this route had operated intermittently for a number of years after 1993 but were withdrawn with effect from December 13 2000. Two ...

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    Costa Rica commuter DMU order

    2018-12-20T14:54:14Z

    COSTA RICA: National railway company Incofer has named CRRC Qingdao Sifang as the winner of a contract to supply eight two-car diesel multiple-units for use on commuter services in San José. The contract is valued at US$32·7m, and the supplier will also maintain the trains for three years. Deliveries are ...

  • VMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Belmond
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    LVMH buys luxury train operator

    2018-12-18T10:14:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: High-end wine, fashion, cosmetics, hotel and retail group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Belmond, which owns or manages 46 hotel, restaurant, train and cruise brands including the Venice-Simplon Orient Express , British Pullman , Royal Scotsman , Grand Hibernian , Andean ...

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    Ferrocarril Central PPP contract winner confirmed

    2018-11-27T13:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The national court of auditors has given the go-ahead for the government to formally award the Ferrocarril Central public-private partnership contract to the Via Central consortium. The contract covers the design, financing, construction works and maintenance for 22 years of the 273 km main line running north from ...

  • EFE has awarded Chinese company CRRC Sifang a US$77m contract to supply 13 multiple-units for use on the Biotren, Corto Laja and Victoria – Temuco services.
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    Multiple-units ordered under Chile’s rail modernisation strategy

    2018-11-14T11:11:00Z

    CHILE: National operator EFE has awarded Chinese company CRRC Sifang a US$77m contract to supply 13 multiple-units for use on the Biotren, Corto Laja and Victoria – Temuco services operated by its Fesur subsidiary. The order covers a total of 10 three-car EMUs for the 65 km Biotren suburban network ...

  • Heavy lifting contractor ALE has used its TLG1000 telescopic  hydraulic gantry for the first time to position concrete girders for the construction of a 5 km railway viaduct in Buenos Aires.
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    Heavy lifting for Buenos Aires viaduct project

    2018-11-06T12:36:09Z

    ARGENTINA: Specialist heavy lifting contractor ALE has used its TLG1000 telescopic hydraulic gantry for the first time to position concrete girders for the construction of a 5 km railway viaduct in Buenos Aires. The viaduct is being built to elevate the San Martín commuter line above street level between Palermo ...

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    Greenbrier announces 'solid results'

    2018-11-06T08:00:00Z

    GREENBRIER: Wagon manufacturer The Greenbrier Companies has announced net earnings of $151·8m on revenue of $2·5bn for the year to August 31 2018, with adjusted net earnings of $133·9m and adjusted EBITDA of $318·2m, or 12·6% of revenue. A total of 20 900 wagon units were delivered, and orders received ...

  • Regular passenger services to Pando and Sudriers were reinstated on October 1 (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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    Passenger service reinstated

    2018-10-03T14:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: Regular passenger services from Montevideo to Pando and Sudriers were reinstated on October 1, having been withdraw in May 2012. The service initially runs once a day, towards Montevideo in the morning and retuning in the evening. A second round trip is to be added in November, and a ...

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    Rail market still growing, confirms UNIFE

    2018-09-18T14:30:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Steady growth in the demand for railway products and services can be expected for the next six years, according to the 2018 World Rail Market Study compiled for UNIFE by Roland Berger and launched by UNIFE Chair Sabrina Soussan at InnoTrans on September 18. The seventh biennial study ...

  • An electrified 150 km route links Habana with Hershey and Matanzas.
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    Cuban rail market opens to foreign companies

    2018-08-30T09:48:02Z

    CUBA: Legislation published in the country’s official gazette on August 21 allows railways to be operated by foreign entities for the first time in 60 years. Cuba is currently implementing various projects to modernise its railways by 2030, with government funding supplemented from Russian and French sources. National railway Unión ...

  • Transmashholding and United Wagon Co have signed an agreement to co-operate to win orders in countries including Argentina.
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    Russian companies to co-operate in South American freight market

    2018-08-28T15:00:00Z

    SOUTH AMERICA: Russian suppliers Transmashholding and United Wagon Co have signed an agreement to co-operate to win orders in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay, as well as the South American rail freight market in general. They envisage this could include the supply of integrated packages combining TMH locomotives and UWC ...

  • Ferrocarril de Antofagasta has taken delivery of seven Progress Rail GT42 locomotives.
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    Ferrocarril de Antofagasta renews locomotive fleet

    2018-07-20T09:41:55Z

    CHILE: Ferrocarril de Antofagasta has taken delivery of seven Progress Rail GT42 locomotives and awarded GE Transportation a contract to supply five C23EMP locos, as part of a fleet renewal programme which will see a total of 14 new locos delivered by the end of 2019. FCAB ordered the GT42 ...

  • Nencki has put into operation its first bogie test rig for use in South America.
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    Bogie test rig in service

    2018-07-02T08:00:00Z

    CHILE: Swiss engineering group Nencki has put into operation its first bogie test rig for use in South America. The rig has been commissioned by Alstom Limache, which maintains the suburban EMUs used by Valparaiso operator Metro Merval. Installed with the support of local service partner Sim Rail, the ...