All Central and South America articles – Page 6

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    AFE to install satellite train control


    URUGUAY: State railway authority AFE has awarded a contract for the introduction of a satellite-based train control system, which is due to be rolled out across 1 600 route-km over the next four years. Under the contract signed on December 21 by AFE President Wilfredo Rodriguez and Minister of Transport ...

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    BNDES funds VLI rolling stock


    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES has approved funding of R$587⋅8m for the acquisition of 16 diesel locomotives and 1 916 wagons by freight operator VLI Multimodal. BNDES is to provide R$392⋅9m directly, and Banco Safra R$195m. By acquiring new rolling stock in 2016, VLI is looking to increase freight capacity ...

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    Roca electrification reaches Quilmes


    ARGENTINA: President Cristina Fernández joined Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo on December 5 to mark the start of electric operations between Buenos Aires and Quilmes, the latest phase to be completed under the programme to electrify the Roca commuter route to La Plata at 25 kV AC. ...

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    Las Heras line to be revived for freight


    ARGENTINA: The isolated 285 km route running from Puerto Deseado to Las Heras in Santa Cruz province is to be reopened for freight traffic at a cost of 90∙1m pesos, the government announced on October 5. Disused since 1978, the route is being upgraded to move materials for state-owned ...

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    Wagons arrive from China


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo visited the Port of Buenos Aires on October 16 to inspect the first shipment of 150 wagons to arrive from China, financed by a US$2⋅47bn loan that is being used to fund 3 500 new wagons, 100 diesel locomotives and the ...

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    EFE unveils US$7∙5bn masterplan


    CHILE: Grupo EFE President Jorge Inostroza unveiled a US$7⋅5bn investment masterplan on September 23, which aims to increase traffic on the state railway from 30 million to 100 million passenger-journeys a year by 2022. ‘No predecessor of mine has ever presented a plan like this’, said Inostroza, noting that EFE ...

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    US$4∙8bn for freight renaissance


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo announced on September 8 that China Machinery Engineering Corp had signed a letter of intent to double the amount of funding it is providing to revive Argentina’s rail freight network. ‘It is a second tranche of US$2⋅4bn which we will entirely ...

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    Driving simulator investment


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo opened a suite featuring 11 driving simulators at the national railway training facility, Cenacaf, in Temperley last month. Supplied by Spanish specialist Lander Simulation, the simulators are intended to recreate precisely the conditions that drivers will encounter on the Mitre and ...

  • The first Ferrocarril del Pacífico level crossing to be automated is at the junction of Avenida 4 Norte and Calle 52 in Cali.

    Solar and wireless automated level crossing commissioned


    COLOMBIA: Ferrocarril del Pacífico has commissioned the first of 22 level crossings on the 196 km Buenaventura – Palmira route which are being fitted with automated safety systems by US firm Railroad Signal International, using a solar-powered train detection system from Canadian company Argenia Railway Technologies. Completion of the project ...

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    Lighter tank wagon for oil products


    ARGENTINA: Military equipment manufacturer Fabricaciones Militares has unveiled a new 1 676 mm gauge tank wagon designed for the transport of crude oil and other heavy hydrocarbons. The self-supporting tank means that the wagon does not require a frame, offering a saving of up to 3 tonnes in tare weight ...

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    Systra acquires Tectran


    BRAZIL: French engineering firm Systra has acquired Brazilian consultancy and engineering company Tectran Tectran is headquartered in Belo Horizonte and employs 80 people. The company works in metro, rail and road infrastructure engineering, urban planning and logistics studies. The two companies have worked together since 2013 on passenger ...

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    MerMec inspection vehicle delivered


    CHILE: MerMec has supplied EFE with a customised Roger 600 self-propelled vehicle incorporating integrated track measurement systems which it says will cut the time required for certain inspection activities from two weeks to 1 h. The 18 m steel-bodied Maquina Registradora de Vía car is equipped to measure track and ...

  • Passenger services have been reinstated on the Neuquén - Cipolletti route.

    Tren del Valle launches with domestic DMUs


    ARGENTINA: On July 21 President Cristina Fernández inaugurated by video link the Tren del Valle, a new service connecting the city of Neuquén with Cipolletti in Río Negro province. The first passenger services on this route for 22 years are operated with two DMUs purchased from Materfer for 20m pesos. ...

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    Funding arrives for Belgrano upgrade


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo announced on July 10 that state-owned company Belgrano Cargas & Logística had received US$9m to fund work to upgrade infrastructure in the provinces of Santa Fe, San Juan and Jujuy. This was the first tranche of the U$1⋅23bn that is being ...

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    BNDES funds locomotive orders


    BRAZIL: Federal development bank BNDES has announced that it is to provide R$70⋅5m to finance the purchase of 19 AC44i locomotives from GE Transportation. To be provided via Banco Alfa Investimento SA, the funding will meet 50% of the total cost of 12 locomotives being acquired by freight operator VLI ...

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    First Belgrano Sur DMUs arrive


    ARGENTINA: On July 7 Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo visited the Port of Buenos Aires to inspect the first of 27 three-car DMUs ordered from CNR of China for the Belgrano Sur commuter network. According to Randazzo, the new vehicles would be operating ‘in 45 days’. Alongside ...

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    More concessions to boost Brazilian investment


    BRAZIL: President Dilma Rousseff announced on June 9 that R$198 ∙ 4bn is to be invested in transport infrastructure under a new concessions programme, with the aim of stimulating the economy and boosting the export sector. Total investment is expected to reach R$69 ∙ 2bn between 2015 and 2018. This ...

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    Locomotive delivered for Uruguayan upgrade


    URUGUAY: Infrastructure company Corporación Ferroviaria del Uruguay has taken delivery of a refurbished ČKD Class 740 diesel-electric locomotive supplied by rolling stock repair and freight transport company Loko Trans Slovakia. The locomotive was delivered to the Port of Montevideo on May 24, and is to be deployed on works ...

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    Rumo outlines ALL investment plans


    BRAZIL: Following its merger with América Latina Logística, Rumo Logística has briefed analysts on investment plans for the ALL freight network up to 2019, when it is planning to spend a total of R$7 ∙ 4bn on new projects. Under the first phase running until the end of 2016 when ...

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    Belgrano upgrading funded


    ARGENTINA: Regional development agency Fonplata has agreed to provide 59% of the US$60m cost of upgrading 80 km of the Belgrano network between Perico in Jujuy province and Pocitos in Salta. The remaining 41% is to be provided by local sources. Aiming to restore the rail link between northern Argentina ...