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Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
A 40-year concession to complete and operate Line 1 of Peru's Lima Metro is expected to be awarded this month.

The Peru Government's private investment agency ProInversión announced in September that final bids were to be submitted by 17 September, with the technical offers to be opened on 6 October and the financial proposals on 10 October.

Several consortia have expressed interest in the project, including Acciona of Spain, which is working with local construction group Graña y Montero. Metro de Madrid is heading another consortium with OHL, Cobra and Abengo-Telent, while three Brazilian firms and Astaldi of Italy are also reported to have teamed up with local partners.

The 9.2 km first phase of Line 1, linking Villa El Salvador with Atocongo, was completed in the 1980s at a cost of $300m, but has only operated sporadically.

The winning bidder is to build an 11.7 km extension from Atocongo to Hospital Dos de Mayo with nine stations, serving the districts of San Borja, La Victoria and Cercado.

It will also supply additional rolling stock and operate the whole line. The extension is provisionally priced at $280m, and the government has agreed to contribute up to $222m
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
October 6, 2008
Locally-made rail cars going to S. America
By Cosby Woodruff

The bright red rail car will one day carry passengers to one of South America's most spectacular tourist sites, but first it is on its way to Colorado for some mountain testing.

Another one will follow late in November, then more until Montgomery's Edwards Rail Car ships as many as 24 units to Peru for its Machu Picchu Train.

The Machu Picchu project is keeping Edwards busy these days, but the company has plenty of other projects as well.

Edwards is in a former Kershaw facility off Fairview Avenue next to the CSX line. Outside the building are some older rail coaches in various stages of dilapidation and restoration and about 100 yards of unusual railroad line.

Inside the shop are a few restoration projects and a handful of Machu Picchu cars.

Steve Torrico, president of Edwards, beamed when talking about the trains bound for South America.

Unlike many railroad passenger coaches, these cars are self-propelled by a diesel-hydraulic system. Edwards workers recently finished installing the engine and hydraulics on the first of the cars and prepared to test it.

Even testing it on-site required some construction. The company built about 100 yards of narrow-gauge tracks on its property to test the vehicle. Narrow-gauge tracks have rails that are closer together than a standard railroad.

Those will be only the first tests, Torrico said. Once Edwards has any preliminary bugs worked out, they will load the car onto an oversized tractor trailer that will take it to Colorado.

There, Edwards will run more advanced testing on a tourist railroad in the Rocky Mountains.

Torrico said the train has to maintain 25 mph on a 3.2 percent grade.

After it passes that test, Torrico and others from Edwards will deliver it to Peru, where it will carry passengers to the ancient site.

Torrico said he takes extra pleasure in building the self-propelled units because that is what the original Edwards Rail Car Co. did.

That company, based in Sanford, N.C., manufactured the cars from 1921 to 1942. The original idea was to provide a rail car that could operate on short-line railroads more economically than could a locomotive.

The advent of the commercial bus system and World War II eventually ended the industry, at least for more than half a century.

In the 1990s, Torrico operated a tourist railroad in Central Florida. He hauled passengers on day trips, and he ran into the same problem his predecessors did 75 years earlier. Sometimes, he didn't have enough passengers to make it profitable to operate a locomotive.

He contracted out for a self-propelled rail car. Soon, other tourist railroads saw it and decided they wanted one as well.

By 1997, Torrico restarted the company.

"They started the company in 1921 for a lot of the same reasons I restarted the company," he said.

His lease on his Florida facility ended at the end of 2004, leading him to relocate to Montgomery.

Royce Kershaw Jr., a member of a Montgomery family that has been in one rail-related business or another for generations, had done business with Edwards.

"It was one of our first restoration cars," Torrico said. "We became friends of Royce's, and we visited this facility."

Eventually, Torrico said, Kershaw invited the company to use his building. That worked just fine for Edwards.

"The infrastructure here is far greater than what we had there," he said.

Edwards is staying busy with new construction now, but the company does plenty of restoration work, Torrico said.

Some 150 or so tourist railroads operate in the United States, he said. Each of those companies are potential customers, as are dozens of museums and plenty of other places who want a static display.

Edwards will restore almost anything related to rail service, but the company takes special pleasure when it gets to work on an original Edwards product.

When that happens, the company can turn to some of the documents used in manufacturing.

"We have most of the original plans," he said. "A lot of them survived."

Those include basic drawings, parts lists and sales brochures. The production drawings, he said, were done on large linen or cotton sheets dyed blue. When the company stopped production in 1942, many of those items were in short supply.

Company leaders allowed their wives to claim most of the sheets with drawings. The wives then bleached out the blue dye and used the cloth for draperies in their homes.

Bill Stoker, the company's general manager, said employees have recreated most of the production drawings on an as-needed basis.

Edwards' 20 employees can make most of the parts for a train car and contracts most of the rest to local businesses.

"All of the parts that we fabricate, the details are the thing," Stoke said. "It is getting them accurate."

He said the company could do anything from making the trucks -- the wheel carriage under the train car -- to the most finely detailed woodwork.

Torrico said some customers have detailed ideas for what they get, others just want it to look restored.

"Some customers are very specific about what they want," he said. "We build them like they used to."

The company also takes things built long ago and makes them modern.

Tucked away in one corner of the building is a 1913 Bald-
win steam locomotive. Behind it is a 1900 L&N Railway Business class car. Both belong to Kershaw, but Edwards is restoring them.

The steam engine, which once served a lumber yard and used wood to fuel its boiler, will soon run on fuel oil.

Stoker didn't say how much work the locomotive will need, but he did say the company is restoring it to working condition.

If that means a new boiler, he said Edwards can get the work done.

Torrico pointed out a piece of equipment recently installed on the locomotive, saying it was a modern exhaust system that would even allow the machine to run on diesel.

Some customers want an even more modern development.

One California customer has the company working on a clean-fuel self-propelled train coach.

"The folks in California want a very green rail car with an efficient type of propulsion system," Stoker said.

Torrico said the company is ready to fill the order.

"Edwards is going to produce a green machine," he said.

The company also wants to produce an electric machine for use in Montgomery.

Torrico is excited by Montgomery's long-range plans to run some sort of electric street car, based on the old Lightning Route, in downtown. If the city moves ahead, Edwards wants the contract.

"I don't see any reason that couldn't be built right here in Montgomery," he said.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Posted Wednesday, November 12 2008 at 1318 h MST

This past weekend (Nov 8-9), the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic hosted a test run of Edwards Rail Car Company's latest creation - a 3-foot gauge diesel-hydraulic passenger car. The car is the first of several to be built for Andean Railways Corp. to haul tourists along the narrow gauge route leading to Aguas Calientes, the jumping off point to Peru's Machu Picchu ruins.

Currently, Ferrocarril Transandino S.A. holds a 30-year concession (granted in 1999) from the Peruvian government on the route, and until recently, their sister company PeruRail S.A. has been the exclusive operator of passenger services to Machu Picchu. However, within the last two years, the Peruvian government has forced FTSA to allow open access to competitors on the route. At least two competitors have emerged - the aforementioned Andean Railways Corp, and Inca Rail.

(As if the railcar tests weren't enough of a local connection, it turns out that Iowa Pacific Holdings - the parent company of the San Luis & Rio Grande - is also a partner in Andean Railways.)

The new railcar is sixty feet long was built by Edwards in Montgomery, AL. The unit, weighing in at 32 tons, is powered by a pair of Cummins 160hp diesel engines. Power is transmitted to three hydraulic motors - one main motor on each truck connected via chain to the inboard axle, and an emergency backup on the front-most axle. The 60 passenger car can make 30 mph on level track.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Peru's transportation ministry has rejected the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd's request for an extension on its lucrative contract to run passenger trains to tourist attraction Machu Picchu.

In letters obtained by Reuters, Miguel Sanchez Del Solar, the ministry's director of concessions, denied a petition that would have given the luxury tourism company the right to operate trains for an additional five years.

The company has high-end hotels all over the world, including the Cipriani in Venice and the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and it operates the legendary Orient-Express rail line in Europe.

"The request to extend service has not been accepted," Del Solar said in one of the letters.

Orient-Express officials did not provide comment. More than 1 million people visit Machu Picchu each year. Most visitors buy train tickets that cost around $100 round trip from the city of Cuzco, but a luxury seat can cost more than $500.

Peru's government privatized rail lines in 1999, when units of Orient-Express won a 30-year concession, which can be extended by five extra years every five years.

Orient-Express won its first extension request several years ago, but the most recent one was denied as would be competitors complained that the company was operating as a monopoly with control of the rail line and passenger trains.

Two aspiring newcomers, Inka Rail and Andean Railways, have plans to start running trains to Machu Picchu, but said that Orient-Express has blocked their efforts in a long-running legal feud.

The transportation ministry declined comment when asked if its decision was part of an effort to encourage more competition along the rail route.

Apart from train, the only other way to reach the ancient Incan ruins is walking for four days through the Andes mountains.

Orient-Express shares closed down 5% at $6.96 on Thursday.
awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Gauge conversion in from Huancayo to Huancavelica from 914mm 1435mm is proceeding. Trains magazine, March 2009, p68 shows nice picture of new concrete sleepers.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Peru Plans to Build Northern Mining Railway by 2019
By Alex Emery

Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Peru will build a cargo railway by 2019 to carry minerals from copper, gold and phosphate mines to the Bayovar port, President Alan Garcia said.

The $1 billion railway will carry 4 million tons a year from Newmont Mining Corp. and Gold Fields Ltd. gold mines and copper projects being developed by Rio Tinto Group and Anglo American Plc in the northern Andean region of Cajamarca, Garcia told reporters after meeting with company officials in Lima.

“This railway will add 2 percent to annual GDP, create 500,000 jobs and carry 1 million tons of supplies such as fuel back to the mines,” Garcia said today. “The companies, regional and central governments are committed to this project, which will spur development and cut costs.”

Peru’s Energy & Mines Ministry expects at least $6 billion in mining investment over the next decade in northern Peru, where Cia. de Minas Buenaventura SA’s La Zanja and Tantahuatay gold deposits, Lumina Copper Corp.’s Galeno copper mine and Vale SA’s Bayovar phosphate deposit are located.

The railway will also link to the northern port of Paita, which was awarded this week in an operating concession to a unit of Mota-Engil SGPS SA, Garcia said.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Peru Plans $1 Billion North Andean Railway For Minerals

LIMA -(Dow Jones)- Peru's government is studying plans to construct a railway to transport base and precious metals from the mineral-rich northern Andes to the country's Pacific coast.

President Alan Garcia said late Friday that the project could cost around $1 billion.

He said the project will likely to be completed over the next decade, and could help add 2 percentage points to Peru's gross domestic product. He said the railway, which could also carry fuel back to Andean mines, could create 500,000 jobs.

The train will run from the northern Andean city of Cajamarca, near large mining projects, including the Yanacocha gold mine, a joint venture of Denver- based Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) and Peru's Compania de Minas Buenaventura SAA ( BVN), to the northern coastal Bayovar port.

Exploration projects in the area include Rio Tinto PLC's (RIO.LN) La Granja mine and Anglo American PLC's (AAUKY) Michiquillay copper project.

Peru is the world's top silver miner and a major producer of gold, copper, zinc and other metals.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Odebrecht, GyM SA Win Bid to Build Lima Railway (Update1)
By John Quigley and Alex Emery

Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Odebrecht SA won the bidding to build a $410 million extension of Lima’s overhead railway, nearly 20 years after the project stalled for lack of funding.

Odebrecht, based in Salvador, Brazil, and partner Grana y Montero SA beat a bid by Brazil’s Construtora Andrade Gutierrez SA and Lima-based GCA Ingenieros Civiles, Peru’s Transport Ministry said today.

The project will more than double the length of the railway, which began operating in 1990, and includes nine stations along 11.7 kilometres (7.3 miles) of new track. State investment promotion agency Proinversion will award a concession to supply and operate trains in the first quarter of 2010.

“The project will have a positive impact on the economy by creating 5,000 jobs,” Transport Minister Enrique Cornejo told reporters in Lima. Odebrecht will start construction in January and take 18 months to build the extension, he said.

Andean development lender Corporacion Andina de Fomento in August approved $300 million in financing for the project, which will carry 260,000 of Lima’s 8 million inhabitants a day.

Odebrecht is investing $2.3 billion in Peruvian infrastructure projects such as roads, ports and irrigation.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
3 December, 2009 [ 09:14 ]
Peru: Electric Train Consortium will complete Lima's train
Isabel Guerra

After waiting for 23 years, finally Peru knows the name of the company which will complete the Tren Electrico (Electric Train) construction: Electric Train consortium, which comprises Graña & Montero and Odebrecht Peru.

These companies beat competitors such as Metropolitano (Constructora Andrade Gutierrez and GCA Ingenieros Civiles) and Trenlima (Astaldi, Cosapi and JJ Contratistas).

The consortium will be in charge of replacing the old electronic structures of the section already built between Villa El Salvador and Atocongo (San Juan de Miraflores).

The contractors will also implement all the necessary works from that point until the Dos de Mayo Hospital, on Grau Ave.

Electric Train will invest US $ 410 million, and the works are expected to be finished in 18 months.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Tren Eléctrico contracts awarded in Lima
16 December 2009  

PERU: Transport Minister Enrique Cornejo Ramírez announced the selection of the Tren Eléctrico Lima consortium, comprising Graña y Montero SA and Norberto Odebrecht SA, to carry out the civil works and E&M scope on the 12·3 km extension of Lima's metro Line 1 at a cost of US$410·2m on December 2. On November 10 the Cesel-Pöyry consortium had signed a contract worth US$14·9m for project supervision.

The plan to extend Lima’s 9·8 km Tren Eléctrico line northwards from Atocongo to Avenida Grau was developed more than 20 years ago but failed to get off the ground, and for the last six years service on the existing route has been limited to weekends. An initial attempt in 2008 to tender the concession to build the extension was abandoned in January 2009 due to lack of bids.

The work, which includes replacing the E&M equipment on the existing section as well as building the new corridor and nine stations, is due to be completed in 18 months. State agency Proinversión is currently tendering the 30-year contract to operate and maintain Line 1, and supply 15 more trains, which should be awarded in March 2010.

Total project cost is put at US$549m, to be partly financed by a US$300m loan from Corporación Andina de Fomento.

Future expansion from Avenida Grau to San Juan de Lurigancho is also envisaged which would extend Line 1 to 34 km and 26 stations.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Ositran sees infrastructure gap halving by mid-2011 - Peru
Monday, June 7, 2010 15:16 (GMT-0400)  

Peru's transport regulator Ositran expects the country's infrastructure gap to halve by mid-2011, state news agency Andina reported.

"The current gap is US$14bn, of which we have already committed US$5bn in 20 concessions contracts from 1999 to 2009," Ositran president Juan Carlos Zevallos was quoted as saying.

Ositran expects an additional US$2bn investment from nine concession projects to be tendered in 2010 and 2011.

Concession contracts for Yurimaguas port in Loreto region, a package of six regional airports, stretch II of the IIRSA Centro highway, and a new minerals terminal at Callao port will be awarded in 2010.

A concession for the Tren Macho rail system, connecting Huancayo in Junin region with Huancavelica region's capital, may also be awarded this year, Zevallos said.

Also to be awarded are tenders to concession the Pucallpa fluvial port in Ucayali region, Salaverry port in La Libertad region, Ilo port in Moquegua region and San Juan de Marcona and Pisco ports in Ica region, the release said.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
07:15  Andean Railways plans to start train service to Machu Picchu next month

Andean Railways began technical and regulatory inspections of its new railcars of Cusco-Machu Picchu route.  

Lima, Jun. 08 (ANDINA). Andean Railways corporation, a new railway operator in Cusco-Machu Picchu route, today announced that it will conduct the last technical and regulatory inspections of railcars as soon as Machu Picchu rail is completely opened, so that operations can be implemented in July.  

Andean Railways chief executive Jose Daniel Amado expressed his confidence that the rail line will be restored by the end of June.

Fetransa -the concessionary operating Cusco-Machu Picchu rail route- has announced the reopening of 77, 78 and 79 of railroad will occur in end-June.    

Amado highlighted that Andean Railways will operate only two railcars at first and the rest will be available until early July.

Andean Railways has been authorized to operate by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC) since early May, because it met the Peruvian law requirements, Amado recalled.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Railway to Machu Picchu to be fully repaired by June 25, says local authority

June 21, 2010 by Andean Air Mail & PERUVIAN TIMES · Leave a Comment

Repairs to the railway to Peru’s sacred Inca citadel Machu Picchu will be completely finished by June 25, the mayor of Cuzco province, Luis Flores, told CPN Radio.

Train services to Machu Picchu will be operated by rail firm Peru Rail, Flores said.

Access to Machu Picchu was closed in late January after heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides that damaged the railway into Aguas Calientes, the town located below the citadel.

Machu Picchu reopened on April 1. Tourists can access the site by hiking the Inca trail or by travelling by road from Cusco or Ollantaytambo to Piscacucho at Km82, where tourists can board a train to Aguas Calientes at Km110.

Meanwhile, Flores also said he agreed with the decision by Cuzco’s regional government to ban the use of helicopters for tourists travelling to Machu Picchu.

The decision to prohibit helicopter rides to the UNESCO World Heritage Site was made in order to protect biodiversity around the citadel, daily El Comercio reported.

Environmentalists had protested the use of helicopters to Machu Picchu arguing that it affected the habitat of vicuna’s, the spectacled bear, and birds.

“When a country accepts that one of its areas is declared a cultural or natural heritage site it assumes the responsibility to preserve it, that’s why commercial flights [to Machu Picchu] should be prohibited,” the regional government said.

Machu Picchu is Peru’s top tourist site, attracting more than 850,000 visitors in 2008.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Isabel Guerra

The railway connecting Cusco and Machu Picchu will be completely reopened, fully restored, on Friday, June 25, but the repairing and maintenance works will continue during all the year, reports Ferrocarril Transandino S.A. (FTSA).

FTSA warned that this will allow train companies to operate normally, “but with some speed limitations.”

This railway, which is the only access land route to Machu Picchu ruins and towns, was destroyed by last January's heavy rains and floods.

The Incan ruins are Peru's main tourist destination, with 1,500 to 2,000 tourists visiting daily.

Machu Picchu, declared Heritage of the Humanity in 1983, is located at the top of a mountain in Cusco's jungle region.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
The need for government subsidies has forced Peruvian authorities to push back three of the government's priority projects that were expected to be concessioned during 2010 said an official from private investment promotion agency ProInversion.

ProInversion had established a list of 20 priority projects for 2010, but after further studies were carried out, the cost of highway stretches on the Panamerican and Autopista del Sol highways, as well as the Cajamarca-Bayovar railway project, were higher than expected.

While the projects have not been suspended, they will have to go through the finance ministry's public investment system, which evaluates each initiative before determining the feasibility of subsidizing the project, the official said.

Project approval through the public investment system takes much longer than ProInversion's priority system, which means the final decision on these initiatives cannot be expected for at least another year, the official added.

The Autopista del Sol stretch was to be awarded during 1Q11, and the Panamerican highway stretch was scheduled to be concessioned during 2Q11. No preliminary date had been set for awarding the Cajamarca-Bayovar railway project, according to the official.

Technical studies determined that the Cajamarca-Bayovar railway initiative, designed to serve the mining industry, would cost an estimated US$5.8bn, instead of the US$1.5bn initially projected, ProInversion's technical director Juan Suito told Peruvian paper Gestion.

Although the project was altered to reduce its cost to US$2.8bn, the government will have to re-evaluate the initiative as it would not be financially self-sufficient under current plans.

In addition, traffic projections for the Panamerican highway stretch, which would connect Ica district, in the department of the same name, with Tacna province's border with Chile; and for Autopista del Sol highway's Sullana-Ecuador stretch, are not high enough to ensure the projects' financial feasibility, said Suito.

With highway concessionaires unable to recover their investment through tolls, the Peruvian state would be required to provide a subsidy for both highway initiatives
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
The Cusco – Machu Picchu line in Peru reopened on July 1 following repairs to Janauary’s flood damage.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
The prequalification process for the concession for Peruvian capital Lima's expanded electric train system will take place in September, an official from private investment promotion agency ProInversion said.

The process had been scheduled to take place in May, but the date got pushed back due to delays in drawing up the concession contract, said the official.

Firms will be requested to submit information and a letter of interest by September 15, and the names of the shortlisted companies will be released before the end of the month, the official said.

Experience has become ProInversion's main concern in the process, according to the official, who added that the drawing up of the concession contract has suffered a number of modifications, and technical experience in the operation of mass transport systems and in the provision of rolling stock is essential.

Authorities will also consider the financial situation of the bidding firms, in order to guarantee their capacity to handle the system in the long term, the official said.

The concessionaire will be responsible for operating the electric train system's line 1, connecting capital Lima to neighbouring port city Callao
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Xstrata Plc, the world’s fourth- largest copper producer, and Australia’s Strike Resources Ltd. may build a railroad to transport copper and iron ore to a port from Peru’s southern Andes, the country’s president said.

The railway could also transport ore from other mineral deposits in Peru’s Apurimac region, President Alan Garcia told reporters today after signing a $4.2 billion contract with Xstrata’s copper chief Charlie Sartain for the Las Bambas copper project. Perth-based Strike is conducting studies for its $2.3 billion Apurimac Ferrum project in the same area.

“This is the contract of the century,” Garcia said at the ceremony in the Presidential Palace. “This will make Peru one of the world’s biggest copper producers.”

Xstrata Chief Executive Officer Mick Davis is on schedule to meet a targeted 50 percent increase in production by 2014, estimated to cost $14 billion. Zug, Switzerland-based Xstrata is betting on a revival in metal demand as the global economy recovers from last year’s recession.

Construction at Las Bambas is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2011. The mine will initially produce 400,000 metric tons of copper in concentrate a year. Output is expected to begin in 2014.

Xstrata fell half a pence to 1,088 pence in London today. Strike Resources rose 1.5 cents to 44 cents in Australia.

Codelco, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. and BHP Billiton Ltd. are the world’s biggest copper producers. Peru is the world’s second-largest copper producer behind Chile.
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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LIMA, Peru -- Peruvian authorities are suspending rail service to the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu for two days due to expected protests against a planned reservoir.

Nearly 1,500 tourists daily visit the ruins, which can be reached only by rail or on foot.

Rail authorities say service to Peru's most popular tourist destination will be halted Tuesday and Wednesday because of the protests by peasants who fear the reservoir project will leave them without water.

The protests have been centered well south of Cuzco, the regional capital that is the main tourist departure point for Machu Picchu. But they are now expected to extend to Cuzco.

One person was killed and 44 injured in related clashes last week.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Peru's private investment promotion agencyProInversion has shortlisted nine companies for the concession of the electric train system in capital Lima and neighboring city Callao.

The shortlist includes both local and international companies, said Garcia-Godos, adding that the names cannot be revealed until technical and financial offers are submitted.

The project was initially scheduled to be awarded by December 30, but is now likely to experience a slight delay, according to the official. The deadline to submit technical and financial bids will be set for January.

The selection process allows bidders the choice of offering either refurbished or brand new rolling stock. However, ProInversion will favor firms that offer new trains, and the promptness of delivery will also be a deciding factor, BNamericas reported previously.

As well as purchasing rolling stock, the 30-year concession includes operating the train system's two lines and building a train maintenance yard.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Tambo Del Inka Hotel opens its own train station to Machu Picchu

Friday, 25 February 2011
Any visitor staying at the Sacred Valley can now take advantage of this service
The luxury resort Libertador Tambo del Inka in Peru’s Sacred Valley has just opened its own train station –Urubamba- to Machu Picchu, thanks to an agreement with Peru’s national railway network PeruRail.

The Urubamba Station has been included along two of PeruRails Tourist routes to Machu Picchu (Autovagon 601 and Vistadome 304). The daily service will make the archaeological site much more accessible for tourists staying in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Peru’s Tourism Board coordinator for Asia Pacific, Rosana Guinea, says that increasing the ease of accessibility to internationally popular locations such as Machu Picchu is vital to improving the quality of visitor’s experiences and increasing visitor numbers.

Tambo del Inka Hotel is the second new Luxury Collection Hotel from Peruvian Chain Libertador in two years. Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 m from Cusco, the resort has quickly become a leader in the market, offering a full service spa, and amazing views of the Urubamba River.

“Peru is working very hard on product development to increase the quality and quantity of tourism services in Peru, and we are anticipating that the upcoming Centenary of the Rediscovery of Machu Picchu next July will be a watershed moment”, Rosana said.

“The Machu Picchu Centenary is expected to drive record visitor numbers to Peru, and leading international and national hotel chains are rushing in to open luxury and boutique hotels in key locations. According to Peru’s Hotel Society (SHP), hotel investments will reach a historic record in 2011 totalling $482.5 million, a 324.5% rise compared to 2010”, she added.

The first Westin in Peru will open in Lima in the coming months. Set to become Lima’s tallest building, it will offer meeting and convention facilities, stunning restaurants and luxurious suites.

In Cusco, a new Aranwa Hotel, a JV Marriot Hotel, and an expanded Orient Express owned Monasterio Hotel will open within the next six months. The 5-star Libertador Hotel in Cusco, one of the finest hotels in the region with 254 rooms, has been renovated as well.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW
Tren Eléctrico concession awarded

08 March 2011

PERU: State agency Proinversión has awarded the Tren Lima, Línea 1 consortium of Graña y Montero SA and Ferrovías a 30-year concession to operate and maintain metro Line 1 in Lima.

GYM and Ferrovías have promised to invest US$290m in the network, US$200m of which will be spent on new rolling stock. The other bidder for the operating contract was a consortium of ICF, CAF and Marfina.

The operating contract covers the proposed Villa El Salvador – Avenida Grau – San Juan de Lurigancho route totalling 32 km with 26 stations. The Tren Eléctrico Lima consortium, comprising Graña y Montero and Norberto Odebrecht, is currently extending the existing 9·8 km six-station line by 12·1 km and 10 stations from El Salvador to Hospital Dos de Mayo in Avenida Grau.

The initial line has only been operating intermittently since it first entered commercial service in January 2003. The extended route is due to open on July 11 and will initially be worked by the existing fleet of 32 cars, which are being refurbished by AnsaldoBreda. Services will operate at 15 to 19 min intervals between 06.00 and 23.00. Once the new trains arrive, frequency will be increased to 5 min. The single fare will be 150 céntimos for an adult and 75 céntimos for students.

The operating concession also covers the second phase of the expansion project, which envisages an 11·9 km extension from Avenida Grau to San Juan de Lurigancho with 10 stations. Bids for the US$653·8m contract to build this section were due for submission on February 17; construction will take around three years. Approval of a US$300m loan from the Corporación Andina de Fomento is expected shortly.
Tonymercury Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Botany NSW

Alstom To Supply 19 Trains To Lima's Urban Railway For EUR130 Million

By Paris Bureau
Published April 28, 2011
Dow Jones Newswires

PARIS -(Dow Jones)- French power engineering and train company Alstom SA (ALO.FR) signed a contract totaling EUR130 million for the supply of 19 Metropolis trains to the city of Lima, Peru.
- Proinversion, an agency promoting private investment in Peru, has awarded a 30-year concession for the operation and maintenance of the country's first metro line to the consortium GYM Ferrovias S.A., comprising Peruvian construction firm Grana y Montero SA (GRAMONC1.VL) and Argentine rail operator Ferrovias SA.
- The trains for the Lima metro will be designed and manufactured by Alstom production facilities in Europe.
- The line will serve Villa El Salvador, Avenida Grau and San Juan de Lurigancho. Alstom will supply the consortium with 19 trains of five coaches eac

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Lima metro operator chooses Alstom Metropolis trains

28 April 2011

PERU: Alstom has been awarded a €130m contract to supply 19 five-car Metropolis trainsets to operating concessionaire Tren Lima – Línea 1 for the Tren Eléctrico metro project in Lima.

Proinversión, an agency promoting private investment in Peru, awarded a 30-year concession for the operation and maintenance of Line 1 to the Tren Lima – Línea 1 consortium of Graña y Montero SA in March. The first trainset will be delivered in late 2012, and is due to be commissioned in 2013.

The initial 9·8 km section of the route linking Villa El Salvador and Atocongo, which has been running intermittently since 2002, is currently being extended by 12·3 km to Avenida Grau. Opening of the new section is envisaged in July this year.

A further 12·4 km extension to San Juan de Lurigancho is also planned.  This would take the line to 34·5 km long with 26 stations, requiring 24 trains. The existing fleet of 32 cars — configured as five six-car trains plus two spare cars — is currently being renovated by supplier AnsaldoBreda.

Alstom will design and produce the Metropolis trainsets in Europe. They will have wide doors, continuous low floor, extra-wide seats and through-gangways to facilitate passenger access and flow through the vehicles. The interior design will favour natural light and information displays will be fitted to enhance passenger safety and comfort.

The expanded metro line is expected to alleviate transport problems in Lima, which now has around 10 million inhabitants. A seven-line urban rail network is ultimately envisaged in the city’s mass transit master plan, with the first four lines to be completed by 2025.

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