All Central and South America articles – Page 9

  • The existing locomotives and rolling stock are beyond repair, so a new fleet will be needed.

    Colombian railway revival gets underway


    COLOMBIA: As part of a strategy to remove damaging heavy freight traffic from the roads, the government has awarded contracts for rehabilitation of two sections of the 914 mm gauge rail network which have been out of use since the 1980s. Work by local contractors to return the lines to ...

  • Alstom Metropolis electric multiple-unit for Rio de Janeiro operator SuperVia.

    Alstom delivers high-capacity EMU to SuperVia


    BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro commuter operator SuperVia has taken delivery of an initial Alstom Metropolis electric multiple-unit for testing, a year after the €105m order for 10 eight-car units was placed in December 2012. Entry into service is planned by the end of March, with deliveries to be completed by ...

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    Rail arrives for track renewal projects


    ARGENTINA: Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo visited the Port of Buenos Aires on January 9 to inspect the first shipment of 10 000 tonnes of rail from ArcelorMittal Poland for track renewals on the routes from the federal capital to Rosario and Mar del Plata. Pointing out ...

  • Belgrano railway.

    Funding agreed for Belgrano upgrade


    ARGENTINA: President Cristina Fernández and Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo met with China Machinery Engineering Corp President Zhang Chun on December 5, as the government signed a funding agreement for a US$2·47bn upgrade of the Belgrano Cargas network, comprising 7 347 route-km mostly in northern Argentina. CMEC ...

  • FVG ceased operations in 2007.

    Full settlement for Railroad Development Corp in Guatemala dispute


    GUATEMALA: US-based railway investment and management group Railroad Development Corp announced on December 4 that it had received the full US$14·6m awarded following a six-year arbitration case brought against the Republic of Guatemala under the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. In 1997 RDC affiliate Ferrovías Guatemala was awarded a ...

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    New Sarmiento fleet to arrive in February


    ARGENTINA: Presenting images of the first of 25 nine-car EMUs to be completed by Chinese supplier CSR for the Sarmiento commuter route in Buenos Aires, Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo confirmed that shipments would start on January 5. ‘In mid-February they are going to be in Argentina’, ...

  • The first of the 24 X'Trapolis Modular EMUs which Alstom is building for EFE has been delivered to San Antonio.

    Santiago ETCS contract placed and first train delivered


    CHILE: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded what it says is the first ERTMS contract in Chile and the second in Latin America. The €15m deal announced on October 28 covers the supply of ETCS Level 1 signalling for the 22 km Santiago - Nos section of the 82 km commuter ...

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    Private operation ends on Sarmiento route


    ARGENTINA: The Sarmiento commuter route in Buenos Aires was due to return to full state control on October 24, transferring to federal railway operating company SOFSE and infrastructure company ADIF SE. Since the government revoked the concession held by Trenes de Buenos Aires in 2012, the Sarmiento network had been ...

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    Chinese DMUs for Buenos Aires commuters


    ARGENTINA: Continuing his official visit to China, Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo announced on September 25 that CNR is to supply 27 three-car DMUs for the Belgrano Sur commuter network in Buenos Aires. With contract signature expected within two weeks, deliveries are due to take place in ...

  • Randazzo inspected the prototype for the 25 nine-car trainsets CSR is supplying for the Sarmiento route (Photo: Cesar David Auspitz).

    CSR to establish rolling stock plants in Argentina


    ARGENTINA: An agreement for Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CSR to open two plants in Argentina was announce by Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo during an official visit to China on September 24. 'The President of CSR informed me that a delegation from the company will travel to ...

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    IDB funds Roca electrification


    ARGENTINA: Under a US$1⋅2bn conditional credit line being provided over 10 years to the improve commuter services in Buenos Aires, the Inter-American Development bank has approved an initial loan of $300m to the federal government towards a $500m project to upgrade and electrify the 52⋅6 km route on the Roca ...

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    EFE orders more Alstom EMUs


    CHILE: State railway EFE has ordered a further 12 X’Trapolis Modular EMUs from Alstom, exercising an option within a €54m contract for 12 units announced in October 2012. Each capable of accommodating 376 passengers, the new two-car EMUs are due to enter service during the first half of 2014 on ...

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    Your country needs you


    ARGENTINA: During an official visit to Madrid last month, Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo met with Argentinian railway professionals currently working in Spain, hoping that they would consider returning to their native country to apply their skills to the government's ongoing railway investment programme. 'We have embarked ...

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    Government invests in Tafí Viejo workshops


    ARGENTINA: With the aim of increasing production capacity for wagon overhaul, the federal government has allocated 15m pesos to modernise equipment at the Tafí Viejo rolling stock maintenance workshops in the province of Tucumán. Training in project management and industrial design has been provided by national technology body INTI. With ...

  • Roca commuter train.

    Buenos Aires commuter routes return to state control


    ARGENTINA: By means of a government resolution published on August 21, operation of the Roca, San Martín and Belgrano Sur commuter networks in Buenos Aires is to be transferred to federal railway operating company SOFSE. A new operating agreement is to be concluded within 90 days. Federal railway infrastructure company ...

  • The 510 km high speed line would link Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Campinas.

    Brazilian high speed rail tendering postponed


    BRAZIL: A one-year postponement of tendering to supply railway systems for the 510 km Rio de Janeiro - São Paulo - Campinas high speed line was announced by Transport Minister César Borges on August 12. Bids for the Trem de Alta Velocidade contract were due to be submitted this month ...

  • Electro-Motive Diesel GT46AC freight locomotive for Chilean operator Ferronor.

    Ferronor takes delivery of EMD locomotives


    CHILE: Electro-Motive Diesel has delivered six GT46AC freight locomotives to metre-gauge operator Ferronor. The 4 500 bhp locomotives built in the USA at EMD's plant in Muncie, Indiana, have 16-cylinder 710G3C engines with electronic unit injection, a split radiator system and variable-speed cooling fans and traction motor blowers that optimise ...

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    Mercosur to fund Uruguay rail upgrade


    URUGUAY: The Mercosur trading block of South American countries is to make US$83·5m of ‘structural convergence’ funding available to improve freight transport between Uruguay and Argentina, under an agreement signed in Montevideo on July 11. This will go towards a US$127·3m project to upgrade railway infrastructure between Piedra Sola and ...

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    More CNR cars arrive for long-distance services


    ARGENTINA: On July 3 the federal government announced the arrival of a further batch of 17 passenger coaches from CNR Changchun of China, due to be deployed on long-distance services from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata and Rosario. The latest batch includes first and second class vehicles, a restaurant ...

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    La Plata university train


    ARGENTINA: A lightweight three-section diesel railcar built by Tecnotren has entered service on a 4·5 km route serving seven stops across the university campus in the city of La Plata. Services run from 07.30 to 22.30 during the week, and a fare of 1·5 pesos is charged. Services ...