FOLLOWING the approval last month of bidding conditions by the Ministry of Federal Planning, the Argentinian government was expected to call tenders for a 20-year concession to operate passenger trains between Buenos Aires and Posadas. Trenes Especiales Argentinos has been operating the route since November 2003.

NCA was due to provide traction for a Córdoba - Buenos Aires passenger train on March 18 and its return working three days later, expected to be the precursor of regular service. The federal government has now taken possession of rolling stock formerly operated by NOA Ferrocarriles on the Buenos Aires - Tucum