ARGENTINA: Chinese rolling stock supplier CSR announced on December 15 that it had been awarded an order worth 1∙7bn yuan to supply 80 diesel locomotives and over 2 000 wagons. As well as new traction and rolling stock for the 1 000 mm gauge Belgrano network, CSR says it will be supplying 1 676 mm gauge locos.

The new wagon fleet will comprise mineral and grain hoppers as well as flat wagons. Comprising 7 347 route-km mostly in northern Argentina, the Belgrano network is being upgraded at a cost of US$2⋅47bn by turnkey contractor China Machinery Engineering Corp, which is expected to order a total of 100 locomotives and 3 500 wagons.