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  • Ferrocarril Central bridge (Photo: IDB Invest)
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    IDB Invest structures Ferrocarril Central financing package

    2022-06-08T11:05:00Z

    URUGUAY: Inter-American Development Bank Group’s private sector arm IDB Invest has structured a US$250m financing package for the Ferrocarril Central PPP project to rehabilitate the 273 km north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. The fixed rate B-bond is the largest B-bond structured ...

  • Portren has begun construction of a US$25m workshop and operations centre near Juanicó
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    Portren workshop construction gets underway

    2022-03-31T05:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: Nascent rail freight operator Portren has begun construction of a US$25m workshop and operations centre near Juanicó where it will maintain its growing rolling stock fleet Portren is a three-way joint venture formed by Deutsche Bahn International Operations, Christophersen of Uruguay and the Spanish company ...

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    Uruguay: Ferrocarril Central reconstruction gathers pace

    2022-01-19T08:13:00Z

    Despite delays caused by the pandemic and late alterations to the scope of the programme, work to rehabilitate Uruguay’s strategically important north-south main line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros is on course for completion in 2023. Marcelo Benoit reports.

  • CCFC has begin installation of the four sections of the 200 m Pintado bridge,
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    Ferrocarril Central completion delayed until 2023

    2021-04-13T12:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The completion date for the Ferrocarril Central programme to modernise the 273 km line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros has been put back from September 2022 until May 2023. At the end of 2020 the works were 31% complete, instead of 53% ...

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    Stadler to supply freight locomotives to Uruguay

    2020-12-14T17:30:00Z

    URUGUAY: Stadler has won its first contract in Uruguay, covering the supply of seven Euro4001 six-axle diesel locomotives which PORTREN will use to haul trains between UPM’s new pulp mill at Paso de los Toros and the port of Montevideo. PORTREN is a consortium of the Cointer ...

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    Uruguayan freight operating contract awarded

    2020-10-19T13:50:00Z

    URUGUAY: Finnish paper group UPM has awarded a consortium of Christophersen Group, Cointer Concesiones and Deutsche Bahn International Operations a 22-year contract to move up to 3 million tonnes/year of wood pulp, chemicals and fuel between its future pulp mill at Paso de los Toros and the port of Montevideo.

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    FS International completes Ferrocarril Central advisory work

    2020-08-18T06:07:00Z

    URUGUAY: FS Group has completed its six-month technical advisory contract covering work on the Ferrocarril Central upgrading project, the Italian state railway holding group said in early August. Its consulting arm FS International submitted a final report to the Ministry of Transport & Public Works in ...

  • The line’s axleload will be raised to 22·5 tonnes and the maximum speed for freight trains to 80 km/h (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
  • The Durmientes de Uruguay joint venture of Italian company WEGH Group and Diorama has been awarded a €35m contract to supply concrete sleepers to the Vía Central consortium which is undertaking the Ferrocarril Central route modernisation.
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    Ferrocarril Central concrete sleeper contract

    2020-03-12T06:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The Durmientes de Uruguay joint venture of Italian company WEGH Group and Diorama has been awarded a €35m contract to supply concrete sleepers to the Vía Central consortium which is undertaking the Ferrocarril Central route modernisation. The 1 435 mm gauge monoblock prestressed concrete sleepers for ...

  • The first load of 18 m long 54 kg/m rail for Ferrocarril Central was delivered to Montevideo from Poland
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    FS Group gets to work in Uruguay

    2020-03-07T06:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The Ministry of Transport & Public Works has appointed Italy’s FS Group to provide it with technical advice during the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km route between the port of Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. The upgrading project is being undertaken by ...

  • A consortium of CAF Signalling and Revenga Smart Solutions has been awarded a €50m contract to supply signalling and telecoms for the Ferrocarril Central project  (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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    Ferrocarril Central signalling contract awarded

    2019-11-06T12:50:00Z

    URUGUAY: A consortium of CAF Signalling and Revenga Smart Solutions has been awarded a €50m contract to design, supply, install, test and commission the signalling and telecoms for the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km route between the Port of Montevideo and Paso de los ...

  • Uruguay's Transport Minister Victor Rossi said future customers would be able to depend on the upgraded railway (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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    Ferrocarril Central modernisation project gets underway

    2019-06-12T12:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: Passenger services in the Montevideo area and freight services from the capital to the north are to be suspended for at least two years from June 15, following the official launch in May of the Ferrocarril Central project to modernise the 273 km Montevideo – Paso ...

  • 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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    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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    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 ...

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    Three bids for Ferrocarril Central project

    2018-06-02T06:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: The Ministry of Transport & Public Works has received three bids for the Ferrocarril Central contract. The public-private partnership deal would cover the upgrading and subsequent maintenance of the 273 km line between Montevideo and Paso de los Toros. The three bids opened on May 29 were submitted ...

  • President Tabaré Vázquez joined Minister of Transport & Public Works Victor Rossi on August 15 to officially launch the Ferrocarril Central project (Photo: Marcelo Benoit).
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    Ferrocarril Central PPP project launched

    2017-08-16T10:28:00Z

    URUGUAY: President Tabaré Vázquez joined Minister of Transport & Public Works Victor Rossi on August 15 to officially launch the Ferrocarril Central project, a public-private partnership to upgrade the 273 km Montevideo — Paso de los Toros route. To be tendered in September, the contract will also include maintenance over ...

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    FS bids to supply wagons to Uruguay

    2017-05-12T14:02:55Z

    URUGUAY: Supply of rolling stock is one of three priority areas identified for developing co-operation between state railway AFE and FS Group of Italy. Announcing on May 12 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with AFE in Montevideo, FS reported that its Mercitalia freight business had submitted a ...

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    Swedish railcars arrive in Montevideo

    2017-04-19T10:14:10Z

    URUGUAY: Seven Fiat Y1 diesel railcars originally built for SJ of Sweden were unloaded at the port of Montevideo on April 15. National operator AFE has purchased the vehicles from rolling stock leasing and maintenance company NetRail. With one vehicle to be used to provide spare parts, AFE is to ...

  • AFE has purchased seven Fiat Y1 diesel railcars from Swedish rolling stock leasing and maintenance company NetRail.
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    AFE buys Swedish railcars

    2016-11-12T06:00:00Z

    URUGUAY: National railway AFE has purchased seven Fiat Y1 diesel railcars from Swedish rolling stock leasing and maintenance company NetRail. One is to be used to provide spare parts, while the others are to be deployed to improve services from Montevideo to 25 de Agosto. AFE also plans to reinstate ...