The total investment in the construction of the new light rail in Lima and Callao, known as the Tren Eléctrico, will cost between $2 and $2.5 billion, said the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC). The line is expected to begin operation on July 11.
The Minister of Transport and Communications Enrique Cornejo said the investment will quickly pay for itself. He mentions that commutes will be reduced by an hour, as well as gasoline savings adding up to $1.5 billion per year.
Given that, in two or three years, the electric train system will have paid for itself.
The first section of Line 1, from Villa El Salvador to the Barbones district on Grau Avenue, is in its final stages. The track is complete, and finishing touches are being put on the stations, which are between 80 and 90 percent complete.
"We are modernizing and automating the five Italian trains, each with six cars, so they are expected to have a lifespan of 15 to 20 additional years. They were used for more than 20 years for only a few hours a day and have no rust," he said.
The ride from Villa El Salvador to the Barbones district on Avenida Grau is a little over 26 minutes. Today that route takes about one and a half hours by car, depending on traffic.
The first section of Line 1 will be completed by commuter trains above ground.
On June 6 a bid for the second section of Line 1 of the light rail will be awarded. The line will run from the Barbones district on Avenida Grau to the district of San Juan de Lurigancho.
Plans are underway for Line 2, which will run underground from Callao to Ate Vitarte. After that comes the planning and building of four more lines – 3, 4, 5 and 6.
With nearly 10 million inhabitants, Lima is the only city of its size without a subway system, Andina reports.
The Tren Eléctrico will be free of charge for passengers during the first few days of operation, which will begin July 11 on the stretch between Villa El Salvador and Grau Avenue, reports El Comercio.
This was announced by the Minister of Transportation Enrique Cornejo, explaining that the exemption from payment will allow passengers to try it out and promote its widespread use as an orderly and safe rapid transit service.
The minister added that the period of free service needs to be defined by the operating company.
The light rail will make the 22-kilometer trip in 27 minutes. "We've done tests with the five available trains and more will be coming within a few weeks," Cornejo said.
In addition, Cornejo said that the campaign to raise awareness of the dynamic operation and its service is titled "My Friend the Train" (Mi Amigo el Tren) and will launch in July.
Alstom factory in Barcelona to build 19 trainsets for the Lima Metro
Alstom has been awarded a contract totalling €130 million for the supply of 19 Metropolis trainsets to the city of Lima, Peru. The trainsets for the first line of the Lima Metro will be manufactured by Alstom production facilities in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, Barcelona.
(13/05/2011) 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.
Lima, which is Latin America’s fifth largest city, has around 10 million inhabitants. This first metro line will cover 34 kilometres, connecting Lima’s neighbourhoods from north to south via 26 stations. The metro network could eventually total seven lines.
The trains used to operate the line, which will serve the districts of Villa El Salvador, Avenida Grau and San Juan de Lurigancho, will be manufactured by Alstom at its Spanish factory in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, with equipment from other production facilities of the company in Europe.
The 19 Metropolis trainsets for the Lima Metro will have five coaches each. The first units will be delivered in late 2012, and are due to be commissioned in 2013.
Brits are all-too familiar with train services that seize up if it snows or the wrong leaf falls on a track, but things can always be worse.
In Peru’s capital city, Limeños have been waiting more than two decades for their train to pull into the station.
The city’s light rail was inaugurated by president Alan García, almost 25 years to the day since he set the project in motion during his first, disastrous term in the late 80s.
The hulking concrete foundations for the never-finished tracks have entered into Peruvian folklore, a ghostly reminder of hyperinflation, alleged corruption, inefficiency and disappointment.
Mr Garcia, who will hand over the reins of power to nationalist former soldier Ollanta Humala on July 28, has presided over some of the fastest economic growth rates in the world in the past five years and lowered poverty rates from close to 50 per cent to 35 per cent, but he has been accused of failing to spread the country’s newfound wealth sufficiently. Today he was keen to stress that the light rail is a project “for the people” that will last a century.
The 1.8km or so of track that will open to the public in September (only students, the eldery and disabled passengers get to ride during the test period) will potentially change the lives of many ordinary folk, who live in the working class zones of Via El Salvador and San Juan de Miraflores.
It will take half and hour and cost 1.50 Nuevo soles to take the train, more than a standard 1 sol for a medium hop on one of the private combis that shuttle many workers about Lima. A short hop on a combi might cost 50 centimos if you are a good haggler, so commuters will still have to do their sums to judge if the new train is worthwhile.
Any improved public transport in this city of 9m is a good thing, but Lima is still far from achieving the kind of integrated public transport system that citizens in London, New York or Paris enjoy.
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Feve to construct a luxury train for the Machu Picchu line in Peru
The Spanish narrow gauge rail operator Feve has signed an agreement with Andean Railways to construct a luxury train, with an option to supply a second train to boost rail services to Machu Picchu.
(12/07/2011) The agreement includes the acquisition of Feve rail equipment that Andean Railways will use in the “Machu Picchu Train”, cooperation and technical assistance, advice on how to manage specific projects, training and exchange of personnel, among other aspects. The investment provided for in this agreement and the concluded contracts amounts to nearly 6.5 million dollars.
The operation focuses on two electric trains with chopper traction, which will be reconverted into luxury coaches by Fenit Rail, one of Feve’s investee companies. The conversion of the first set of coaches, to be delivered to the national railway company of Ecuador, was put out to tender in February for 454,000 Euros and forms part of a project similar to that of Peru. In total, three trains formed of three coaches are expected to be reconverted.
The traction system, the interior decor and doors of these trains will have to be changed along the lines of the Expreso de La Robla, a train set that Feve redeveloped with a luxury finish characteristic of tourist trains.
The rail service to Machu Picchu is currently provided by three companies, Peru Rail, Inca Rail and Andean Railways, which operates on this line with Machu Picchu Train brand.
This company had planned to start offering its services last year, but was prevented from doing so by a series of natural disasters which blocked the railway line. It now hopes to get these services up and running in June with two power car train sets, and expects to complete its fleet with the Feve trains by the end of the year.
Lima Metro, of which the first section between Villa El Salvador station and the one in avenida Grau in the centre of Lima was opened in July, operates with the Cityflo 350 signalling system developed and supplied by Bombardier from its Railway Signalling Centre of Excellence in Madrid.
(19/09/2011) Line 1 of Lima Metro will consist of a 21.4 km long section with 16 stations and will run through the districts of Villa El Salvador, Villa María del Triunfo, San Juan de Miraflores, Surco, Surquillo, San Borja, San Luis, La Victoria and Cercado de Lima.
Construction (civil engineering) and installation of the line has been awarded to Consorcio Tren Eléctrico Lima (CTEL), formed by Brazilian construction company Norberto Odebrecht and the Peruvian Graña y Montero. Bombardier Spain signed a contract with CTEL to supply the signalling system.
Bombardier’s Railway Signalling Centre of Excellence in Madrid is responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of on-board and track Cityflo 350 systems throughout the line as well as the 15 trains that will operate on it.
Cityflo 350 includes the EBI Cab 800 train protection system, Interlocking EBI Lock 950, EBI Track 200 and EBI Switch 700 (automatic switch change). Bombardier also supplies the traffic management system based on the EBI Screen 2000 control centre.
Peru's private investment promotion agency ProInversión has launched a consultancy tender to evaluate the project to award the concession of the Huancayo-Huancavelica rail line, known as Tren Macho.
Alstom to supply line 2 of Los Teques metro in Venezuela
« Consorcio Linea 2 »1 has awarded a contract globally worth €530 million to the Alstom-led consortium “Grupo de Empresas” to build the second line of Los Teques metro in Miranda State, Venezuela. The line, 12 km long and served by 6 stations, will be enter service in October 2015.
Alstom’s share of the contract is worth around €325 million. Alstom – which has a share of the consortium of over 60%, along with Colas Rail (22%) and Thales (17%) - will undertake the global coordination of the project, including engineering, integration and commissioning of the electromechanical works on a turnkey basis. In addition, the company will supply 22 metro trains of 6 cars each, medium voltage electrification, traction substations and part of the signalling equipment. The metro trains are from the Alstom’s standard Metropolis platform.
Los Teques metro is a suburban mass-transit extension of the Caracas metro system (opening of the first line in 1983, 4 lines currently in commercial service, 600 cars supplied by Alstom). It has been designed to connect the Venezuelan capital to the city of Los Teques. The contract for the supply of the electromechanical system for the line 1 (9.5 km, 2 stations) was signed in October 2005 during a bilateral meeting between France and Venezuela in Paris. This line was inaugurated before the last Presidential elections in November 2006. Line 1 of Los Teques metro currently carries over 42,000 passengers per day. The Government plans to build a third line (18.5 km, 5 stations) to complete the network.
With this large-scale project, Alstom strengthens its position in Venezuela where the company has already renovated and extended the Caracas metro. It follows three other contracts recently won in Latin America and the Caribbean: equipment of the first line of the Panama metro (Panama), line 2 of the Santo Domingo metro (Dominican Republic) and Metropolis trainsets to Lima (Peru)2.
1.Consorcio Linea 2 is made up of Odebrecht, a Brazilian civil works company and Vinccler, a Venezuelan civil works company.
2.These contracts were signed in December 2010 for Santo Domingo and Panama metros, in April 2011 for Lima metro.
The construction of the first part of line 1 is far advanced. This part goes from Villa El Salvador to Avenida Grau. The second part goes from Avenida Grau to San Juan de Lurigancho. The viaduct of the complete line on which the line operates has a length of 33 Kilometres and is thus the world's longest. At the beginning of June 2011 the construction of the second part was approved. The number of stations of the entire line is 26.
The Peruvian consortium Tren Lima, consisting of Graña y Montero (GYM) and the Argentinian Ferrovías have signed a contract for the operation of line 1. Tren Lima will also provide the operation and the maintenance of the trains during 30 years.
The contract for the delivery of 19 five car trains went to the firm of Alstom They will manufacture the trains of type Metropolis in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda in Spain and deliver them by the end of 2012. They supplement the five existing trains from AnsaldoBreda which will be overhauled and hold the position until the arrival of the new trains.
Bombardier Spain will deliver the signalling of the line. The system will be Cityflow 350 and includes the train control EBI Lock 950, the track control system EBI 200 and EBI Switch 700, as well as the automatic train protection system EBI 2000.
Running time of the first part of line 1 will be 27 minutes, at a speed of 80 Kilometres per hour. Now the line opened on the 11th July 2011
Already the call for offers for line 2 is being prepared. It will operate between Vitarte, the town centre of Lima and Callao and be built sub surface.
OTN Systems, the global market leader in fiber optic-based telecommunications backbone systems in metros, will install a fiber optic backbone for the Tren Urbano metro line in Lima, thereby gaining entry in the Peruvian market.
The Lima Metro, known to locals as the Tren Eléctrico, is an electric mass transit line in the Lima Metropolitan Area. The OTN Systems flagship product OTN-X3M, with a transport capacity of 10 Gbit/s and carrier grade Ethernet features, will be installed in this new metro project to support all the applications needed to operate the metro line.
The OTN-X3M product family is the most reliable transmission equipment with the most secure IP/Ethernet features available on the market today. This multiservice network allows end-users to optimize the CAPEX and OPEX for their fiber optic telecom backbone systems with a user-friendly end-to-end management system.
OTN Systems first entered the Latin American market more than 15 years ago with projects in Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil and Chile.
Investment in Peru's transport infrastructure is projected to reach over US$20bn from 2011-16, according to the transport and communications ministry (MTC).
Of the total amount, investment in road infrastructure will come to US$11bn, according to transport and communications minister Carlos Paredes.
The ministry will prioritize investment to pave 7,270km of roads in the five-year period, which will require US$11bn from the public sector and public-private partnerships (PPPs), state news agency Andina reported.
By 2016, MTC aims to have 85% of the national highway network paved. At present, 53% of national roads are paved.
As for rail infrastructure, investment is slated to reach US$8.3bn, focusing on two projects in particular. The Sur-Medio rail line will require some US$3bn, and Nor-Andino line is pegged at US$5.3bn.
Airport infrastructure will bring investments of US$450mn in the period, centering on the design, construction and maintenance of Cuzco'sChinchero international airport.
Finally, port investment is expected to reach US$300mn by 2015, and fluvial transport infrastructure on rivers in the Amazon region will bring in US$46mn, the report said.
Bombardier’s centre of excellence in Madrid will design the rail traffic control system of Lima, in Peru
Bombardier’s railway signalling centre of excellence in Madrid will develop its Cityflo 350 rail traffic control system for the 12-kilometre extension of metro line 1 in Lima, which will eventually have a total length of 34 kilometres and 16 stations.
(02/12/2011) Once the new signalling system has been installed, line 1 will cater for three million people –41% of the capital’s population– who live in the 10 districts of Lima served by this infrastructure.
The Cityflo350 system has already been installed on the 22 kilometres of line 1 that will enter into service in December 2011. To complete the modernization of the Lima metro network, another six lines will have to be equipped with the new traffic control system.
Bombardier is also installing the Cityflo 650 traffic control system, based on communications via radio (CBTC), in the São Paulo metro network, as well as the first ERTMS in South America, in Rio de Janeiro.
The signalling projects in Peru and Brazil combine Bombardier’s worldwide experience with the specific experiences of Lima, São Paulo and Madrid, and it is the company’s centre of excellence in railway signalling solutions for Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, located in Madrid, that is in charge of developing these projects.
Last Tuesday train service between Huancayo and Huancavelica was reinstated. The line had been closing for regauging from 0,914 m to standard gauge. It was informed services run all days except Wednesdays, one daily run on both directions.
Looks like little ALCo 436 was regauged for this service.
Info appeared on http://peru21.pe/2011/12/06/actualidad/tren-macho-reinicia-servicio-pasajeros-2002025
Siemens to electrify additional metro line in Peru
In 2013, the Tren Urbano metro line in the Peruvian capital of Lima is due to be extended. This high-level extension will run along a viaduct and cover a distance of approximately twelve kilometers. Siemens Infrastructure & Cities will be responsible for electrifying the entire section of track on behalf of train consortium "Consorcio Tren Eléctrico", and this will help it to build on the success it is already enjoying on the Peruvian market. Siemens carried out the electrification work for the first metro extension in Lima back in 2010, which enabled it to gain a foothold on this particular market.
Siemens will be responsible for electrifying the entirety of the new double-track metro line, which is to run from the northern suburbs of Lima right through to the historic downtown area and will include ten stations. The remit will involve providing a feeder station (60 kV/20 kV) with two 20 MVA transformers, two 20 kV cable distribution system rings, as well as ten station supplies and four 1500 V rectifier substations. In addition to the double twelve kilometers long catenary line running along the actual route, the order also covers the installation of a 2.6 km overhead contact line system for the planned depot. On top of that, a Scada (supervisory control and data acquisition) system is to be implemented for the purpose of monitoring and controlling the traction power supply.
"The new metro line will connect even more districts to the metropolitan railway system. Not only will this encourage urban development, but it will also reduce CO2 emissions, as approximately half of the electricity used for railway electrification will be generated using hydroelectric power. What's more, the new line will considerably reduce the amount of time it takes to get into the city while keeping prices affordable for everyone. As far as residents of Lima's outermost districts are concerned, this is a key aspect", explains Mirko Düsel, CEO of Business Unit Rail Electrification within the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector. Now that the first metro extension has been completed and put into operation and once the construction work for the second one is underway, the local transport operators in Lima plan to extend the metro system within the capital even further.
Siemens to electrify Lima metro line in Peru
13 December 2011
Siemens has been selected by the Consorcio Tren Eléctrico consortium to electrify an additional 12 kilometres of the Tren Urbano metro line in the Peruvian capital Lima, which is planned to be expanded in 2013.
The company will be responsible for electrifying the new double-track metro line, which will be be expanded in 2013 and run from the northern suburbs of Lima to the historic downtown area, via ten stations.
Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector Rail Electrification CEO Mirko Düsel said the new metro line will connect even more districts to the metropolitan railway system.
"Not only will this encourage urban development, but it will also reduce CO2 emissions, as approximately half of the electricity used for railway electrification will be generated using hydroelectric power", Düsel added.
"What's more, the new line will considerably reduce the amount of time it takes to get into the city while keeping prices affordable for everyone. As far as residents of Lima's outermost districts are concerned, this is a key aspect."
Under the contract the company will provide a feeder station (60 kV/20 kV) with two 20 MVA transformers, two 20 kV cable distribution system rings, as well as deliver ten stations and four 1500 V rectifier substations.
In addition, Siemens will also install a catenary line, a 2.6 km overhead contact line system for the planned depot as well as implement a Scada (supervisory control and data acquisition) system for monitoring and controlling the traction power supply.
Previously, the company had won a contract to carry out the electrification work for the first metro extension in Lima in 2010.
Siemens was responsible for equipping the 11.7 kilometre metro extension line, including the nine stations, with the entire traction power supply.
The metro line ran on a viaduct and extended northward from the terminus at Atacongo station to Avenida Grau, one of Lima's main streets.
The first stretch of the Tren Urbano metro line has been completed and put into operation while the construction work for the second extension is underway
Siemens Infrastructure & Cities will be responsible for electrifying the new double-track metro line on behalf of train consortium Consorcio Tren Eléctrico in Lima, Peru. The line will run from the city’s northern suburbs to the downtown area, and will include 10 new stations, according to a Siemens press release. The work will involve providing a feeder station with two 20 MVA transformers, two 20 kV cable distribution system rings, as well as 10 station supplies and four 1500V rectifier substations. In addition to the catenary line along the route, the order also will cover installation of an overhead contact line system for a planned depot.
LIMA, Peru -- Bolivia's president said Monday that he hopes to build a new railway linking his country to Peru that would facilitate exports to Asia.
Bolivian President Evo Morales said he has discussed the plan with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala. Morales told the Peruvian radio station RPP that the railway would run from Puerto Suarez, on Bolivia's border with Brazil, to the Pacific port of Ilo in Peru.
"It's my great dream," Morales said, adding that Brazil and Peru would also gain from having a railway link. He said it would carry agricultural products as well as other commodities to Asian countries.
Morales said in August after a visit to China that Chinese officials expressed interest in making the railway project a priority. It's not immediately clear how much the railway would cost, or how much financial support China might provide.
Bolivia and Peru currently export minerals to China including zinc and lead. Bolivia currently uses roads to truck shipments to Pacific ports in Chile.
Morales made the remarks Monday in the Peruvian city of Cusco, where he spent Christmas after meeting with Peru's president.
Humala also reiterated his support last week for Bolivia in its long-standing request that Chile provide the landlocked country with a corridor of land to access the Pacific coast.
Trial services begin on Lima metro
24 January 2012
PERU: More than a quarter of a century after work began on Lima’s first metro, trial services on the full 22 km Tren Eléctrico line between Villa El Salvador and Miguel Grau began on January 9. There was a limited free service for the first month, with revenue operation expected to start in February.
The project was launched in 1986, with the 9∙8 km between Villa El Salvador and Atocongo built in the 1990s. There have been intermittent periods of operation, but never a full service.
The second phase extending the line 12∙3 km to Miguel Grau has been built since March 2010 by the Tren Eléctrico Lima consortium of Graña y Montero and Norberto Odebrecht under a US$410m contract, supervised by Cesel and Pöyry.
The line is operated and maintained by the Tren Lima – Línea 1 consortium of Graña y Montero and Ferrovías under a 30-year contract awarded by investment agency Proinversión in March 2011.
A further 12·4 km extension to San Juan de Lurigancho is planned
Excellent program well worth watching.
A Pendolino driver has been speaking of how he drove a freight locomotive down a mountain in Peru.
Simon Davies was taking part in the BBC documentary, ‘The Toughest Place to be a … Train Driver.’ The BBC approached Aslef for help with the programme and several drivers responded.
Says Simon, who works for Virgin Trains, ‘The plan was to spend a couple of days ‘roughing it’ as I drove the freight train that brought minerals from the mountains to Lima’s port. Then we would recuperate for a day or so in a pleasant hotel. But someone had miscalculated the distances – and the days of luxury didn’t happen.
Chosica was the last nice place we stayed in. After that it was grim mountain towns, poverty-stricken polluted places surrounded by grey shanty-town mining villages. Some places looked like the moon: others like hell. And yet in the middle of all this terrible poverty and devastation, I met some unforgettably kind, welcoming and wonderful people.’
Simon was driving a big American GEC diesel with anything up to 30 wagons from the Andean mountains to the port of Callao. ‘The gradients are astonishing. I’m quite practical as I used to be a mechanic, but every driver told me a different way of putting on the four brakes. And if you look away for a second with all that weight behind you, the speed races away. The conditions were beyond belief. The shifts were usually about eleven hours and the drivers had no flasks or food with them.
‘The train crawled alongside 1,000 feet drops inches from the track and other drivers would point out the sites of crashes. ‘They’d casually point out bits of metal that showed where a loco had gone off the mountain. Was I frightened? Of course I was! You should see the state of some of the bridges we crossed.’
The altitude brought its own special form of sickness. ‘I got it really badly at one stage. I’d hardly slept and the lack of oxygen means it’s difficult to digest food. I slept with an oxygen bottle next to me a few nights, as ill as I’ve ever been.’ In La Oroya, one of the most polluted places on the planet, Simon met a driver called Eloy.
La Oroya is in a massive valley, 11,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains and mines with a huge smelter bang in the middle. It’s polluted with lead, copper, zinc and sulphur dioxide. Eloy had moved his family to a farm five hours away after his son collapsed with breathing problems. The lead levels in La Oroya are three times the World Health Organisation’s limits. To keep his job Eloy lives in railway accommodation, visiting his family when he can.
‘But in the middle of this hell, you find the most wonderful humanity. Eloy invited us all to his farm and it was an amazing experience. I felt so ill that day I was almost helped into the car, but when we arrived I could hardly believe my eyes! We were met by a brass band that led us through the village with everyone coming out to greet us. We had an astonishing party, an incredible experience. It was the first time I’d eaten guinea pig!’
All Simon had to give them in return was some Aslef regalia and badges. ‘I wish there was more we could do for them, ‘ he says. An Aslef plate now hangs upon the walls of Eloy’s mother’s house.
The Peruvian government has increased the projected total investment for the construction of line 2 of capital Lima's Tren Eléctrico light rail system by 50%, to US$3bn.
Peruvian capital Lima's electric train line 1 is due to begin commercial operations by the end of March or in early April
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has instructed the ProInversión agency to call tenders for construction of Lima metro Line 2, which will run 26·9 km east-west from Ate to Callao with 25 stations. Work is estimated to cost US$2bn and be completed by 2018.
The operator of Peruvian capital Lima's first metro line, GyM Ferrovías, is interested in bidding for the concession to take on the system's line 2,
Peruvian capital Lima's electric train line 1 began commercial operations on Thursday (April 5), ending a three-month trial phase that saw 150,000 passengers used the service each day, free of charge.
Peru's transport and communications minister Carlos Paredes has kicked off construction work on stretch II of capital Lima's metro line 1