Radical party presidential pre-candidate Ricardo Alfonsín criticized President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's administration for "the appalling lack of investment in the railway system" and vowed to launch a US$15 billion plan to improve the condition of trains if elected president.
"Only US$4million are spent on railways each month. Nothing has been done to improve the system," he stated.
“The condition of the railways is pitiful. The productive capacity of the railway system is absolutely wasted, with no remarkable investment. From the very first day of my government, I will implement a national plan destined to help grow the railway industry. The plan will incluye a US$15 billion investment, and will allow to have 22000 kilometres of modern railways in ten years, which will enable trains to travel at decent speeds. The train lines of the City and Greater Buenos Aires have a frequency of 5 minutes during rush hour," he said.
Alfonsín will face Ernesto Sanz in the Radical’s party primaries on April 30th
San Diego's iconic trolleys find new life in Argentina
BY ROBERT J. HAWKINS
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011 AT 9:09 A.M.
/ METROPOLITAN TRANSIT SYSTEM
A former San Diego Metropolitan Transit System trolley rode on a float in the Grape Harvest Festival parade in Mendoza. MTS is selling 11 retired trolleys to the city in Argentina. The first four were shipped in January and will soon go into operation.
There is life after San Diego: Definitely for four of the Metropolitan Transit System's hard working red trolleys.
The quartet was retired after each car racked up nearly 30 years of service, carried 2 million passengers and traveled 9 million miles. The trolleys were sold last year to the transit system in Mendoza, Argentina which is building a light-rail transit system.
In September 2010, the Provincial Government of Mendoza signed a contract to purchase 11 trolleys for $3.3 million. The older vehicles are being replaced in San Diego. MTS has purchased 57 low-floor light-rail vehicles from Siemens. They will start arriving this summer.
The purchase is part of the $650 million Trolley Renewal Project which is overhauling the original Blue Line and Orange Line, will result in a single standard across the system for all trolley cars.
The retired trolleys were shipped to Argentina in January after being disassembled into two pieces and wrapped in plastic. They traveled by truck to Houston, by boat to Buenos Aires, and by truck again to Mendoza.
Mendoza residents were introduced to their new trolleys during their recent Grape Harvest Festival parade. One of the trolleys was included on a float in the parade.
Metrotranvía Mendoza is installing the overhead electrical wire on its new light rail system. A generator was used to test the trolleys and they successfully traveled about 50 meters, according to an MTS spokesman.
The Mendoza system has several parallels to the original San Diego Trolley Blue Line that opened in 1981, according to county Supervisor Ron Roberts, who accompanied an MTS delegation to Mendoza. Roberts also sits on the MTS board of directors.
Both are built over existing rail lines and are about the same distance and both serve about the same size population, he noted.
“These vehicles had a long and successful run in San Diego and now they will be part of a new light rail system in another part of the world," said Roberts. "It is great to see the excitement that these cars can generate as the people of Mendoza anticipate the convenience and speed of a light rail system.”
With Roberts on the trip, as guests of the Mendoza government, were MTS Chief Executive Officer Paul Jablonski and MTS Chief Operating Officer of Rail Wayne Terry.
"These cars have an extensive life left after so many years of service in San Diego," said Jablonski. “It is very gratifying to see that these cars will continue to operate and provide a vital transportation alternative after almost 30 years of service in San Diego.”
The three met with Mendoza Governor Celso Alejandro Jaque and its Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation and Housing Francisco Humberto Perez.
According to MTS, maintenance staff traveled to Mendoza to help reassemble the cars and instruct their counterparts in maintenance and operation.
Two Talgo IV compositions presented, sold by Renfe in Argentina
During the inauguration of the new station in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata, the two Talgo IV nine-car trains were presented that, sold by the Spanish operator Renfe, will run on the line in the near future.
(17/03/2011) The two Talgo IV compositions, which will be hauled by 319 series locomotives, also Spanish, will be joined in April by another four Talgo trains, and by two more in June. These are second hand Talgos, which have until recently been running on several Spanish lines.
Although trains are currently formed by nine cars, there will be eleven in the future since it is expected that Renfe Operadora will send two business class cars, by train.
The compositions of the Talgos that will initially run between Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata are formed by four tourist cars, one VIP car, one generator car and a cafeteria car.
Renfe has had to adapt trains in their workshops to the Argentine gauge of 1,676 mm and convert a business car into a VIP car, for which the number of seats were reduced and the train interior improved.
Argentina will pay 16.65 million euros for the six locomotives and the Talgo rolling stock hauled. Added to that amount under the contract signed with Argentina will be technical assistance, maintenance and the supply of fleet and rolling stock parts, as well as tools and machine tools.
These Talgo trains operated in Spain up to 180 km/h, but in Argentina, the general conditions of the line and infrastructure will limit the speed to 100 km/h. The 399 kilometres that separate Buenos Aires from Mar del Plata will as a result be covered in four hours.
Argentine railway service users burned train cars in at least three stations near the city of Buenos Aires after a derailment caused long delays.
The police report also attacked ticketing stations, train drivers and other officials tried to restore order.
Dozens of people participated in the attacks and police made several arrests
Buenos Aires Minister of Finance Néstor Grindetti has signed a 15-year loan agreement with China for US$1·4bn to fund metro Line G. Construction of the 12·5 km line with 15 stations between Retiro and El Cid Campeador by Chinese contractors is due to start in 2012.
Argentina's Buenos Aires province government is seeking up to 200mn euros (US$290mn) from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to build a new line on the capital's metro system.
The line will stretch 11 km with 14 stations linking the southern part of the city with the north. The project's total cost is estimated at roughly 620mn euros, including rolling stock, according to an EIB project document.
The new line is expected to improve conditions of transfer and accessibility at Plaza Constitución, one of the system's main transfer centers.
The EIA process for the project will be launched during 2Q11. EIB is currently reviewing the related terms of reference to ensure that the EIA respects the principles of EU directives, in order to consider financing.
Built in 1944, the Buenos Aires metro line has 15 stations in total, transporting over 104,000 passengers daily.
Dano-Rail launches a new underfloor lathe for wheel turning
Dano-Rail (DanobatGroup Railways) has developed a new underfloor lathe with state-of-the-art technology that improves the resurfacing of wheels. The new lathe has been in operation since March at the Colonia workshop corresponding to Line H of the Buenos Aires underground network.
(12/07/2011) This D1800 lathe allows wheels –and even brake discs– to be turned without having to remove any running gear elements. It can easily be adapted to all the types of rolling stock that run on Buenos Aires Line H, and it incorporates a latest-generation control system which automatically changes the cutting parameters according to the specific needs of each wheel.
It also has an Internet connection for remote resolution of minor incidents, as well as a system for issuing wheel turning reports that can be exported to a centralized database.
Moreover, the lathe is capable of resurfacing the wheels of train sets whose bogies have coupled axles, and the turning operation takes very little time, since the lathe is equipped with an automatic-change dual tool system that guarantees an ultra-short machining time.
The D1800 allows the machining of both heavy and limited weight train sets, thanks to a turning centre that is equipped with a unique preload system that simulates the vehicle’s weight.
Dano-Rail exports pit lathes, trailers, profile measuring equipment and a range of wheel set and bare axle measuring machines to countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, France, Portugal, Turkey, India, Russia and Morocco.
In Spain it has supplied its running gear maintenance systems to Renfe, Metro de Madrid, CAF, Metro de Sevilla, Metro de Málaga, Servicios Ferroviarios de Mallorca (SFM), Euskotren, Metro de Bilbao, Nertus and to the tramway companies of Murcia, Zaragoza, Vélez Málaga and Jaén.
The legacy of several San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) trolley cars that ran on the tracks for nearly 30 years will carry on, continuing operation thousands of miles away in Mendoza, Argentina.
MTS reached an agreement to sell a total of 11 light rail vehicles (LRVs) to the Provincial Government of Mendoza for $3.3 million in September 2010. They were successfully tested and unveiled in March in Mendoza on its soon-to-open Metrotranvía Mendoza light rail system. The vehicles were shipped to Argentina in January of this year.
The deal has helped MTS, at a time when, like many other transit properties, it needs the money, MTS CEO Paul Jablonski explained. In turn, Mendoza is benefiting from getting the cars at a fraction of the new car price, as well as MTS' knowledge base and support.
MTS shipped two more vehicles in April and will send the last five in the fall. Shipping entailed dismantling the cars into two pieces, encasing them in plastic and loading them on flat beds. They traveled by truck to Houston, by boat to Buenos Aires and, then, by truck again the remaining distance to Mendoza.
The vehicles are expected to be in operation in July. Mendoza may purchase more vehicles from MTS in the future.
"They're developing in three stages what's going to be in excess of a 20-mile line," Jablonski said. "They are probably going to need 40 or 45 cars. While this first 11 is just the start-up, we conceivably could sell the majority of the cars we want to get rid of to them."
Taking part in the unveiling ceremonies were Jablonski and San Diego County Supervisor and MTS Vice Chairman Ron Roberts, among others, who attended as the invited guests of the Mendoza government. The three met with Mendoza Gov. Celso Alejandro Jaque and its Minister of Infrastructre, Transportation and Housing Francisco Humberto Perez. While on the trip, Roberts also met Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Roberts, in making comments to the people of Mendoza, drew many parallels between the Mendoza system and San Diego's original line, which was built in 1981.
MTS estimates that each car has carried more than two million passengers and traveled more than nine million miles.
"That these cars have an extensive life left after so many years of service in San Diego is a testament to our maintenance efforts," said Jablonski. "It is very gratifying to see that these cars will continue to operate and provide a vital transportation alternative after almost 30 years of service."
Over the course of the visit, the San Diego representatives discussed with local transit and government officials best practices and provided detailed information about San Diego Trolley's operating procedures for training, safety and other critical components of light rail service delivery. MTS maintenance personnel also traveled to Mendoza to help reassemble the vehicles after transport and provide instruction to the Argentinean maintenance personnel on preventive maintenance schedules and various components.
"When the first trolley moved under its own power there, I think it was a national historical event," Jablonski said. "We did a TV interview and had two news station reporters and magazines there. We made all the papers almost every day we were there. It was kind of fun to be the center of attention."
MTS is replacing the sold vehicles and others with 57 of the newest generation of low floor LRVs from Siemens. The agency will begin taking delivery on the new cars this summer. The switch to low-floor trolleys is part of the $650 million Trolley Renewal Project, which will rebuild the Blue and Orange Lines. The low-floor cars will speed boarding for all passengers and enhance the on-time performance of the trolley system. The new cars also will reduce MTS operating costs as older, higher maintenance cars are replaced.
Trenes de Buenos Aires has acquired 10 ex-Netherlands Railways Class 3200 two-car DMUs, which will be regauged to 1676 mm for use between Merlo and Lobos on TBA’s Sarmiento route and on the Victoria – Capilla del Señor section of the Mitre network.
.USED US LRT TRAINS TO ARGENTINA
on July 25, 2011 in North America, South America
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) light rail vehicles (LRVs) that ran in California for nearly 30 years are now serving Mendoza in Argentina. MTS reached an agreement to sell 11 units to the provincial government of Mendoza for $3.3 million in September 2010. They were successfully tested and unveiled in March in Mendoza on its soon-to-open Metrotranvía Mendoza light rail system. The vehicles were shipped to Argentina in January. MTS is replacing its fleet with 57 new-generation, low floor LRVs from Siemens.
Mendoza is getting the rolling stock at a fraction of the price new, as well as MTS’ knowledge base and support.
MTS estimates that each unit has carried more than two million passengers and travelled more than 15 million kilometres. They have been well maintained and are fit for many more years of service.
Each LRV was shipped in two pieces, encased in plastic and loaded on flatbeds. They travelled by road to Houston, by ship to Buenos Aires and then by road to Mendoza. The city plans to have 32km of line eventually, which may need up to 45 trains. The initial 11 will serve the first phase of the project and San Diego is ready to sell more when they are needed.
San Diego’s original line opened in 1981.
From another group-
Recently Ferrobaires announced the introduction of a twice-weekly Talgo service
between Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires-Constitución. This service would run
jointly with national company SOFSE. Timetable shows:
Fri PC 06.30 - MDP 12.06
MDP 15.30 - PC 21.04
Sun PC 09.15 - MDP 14.48
MDP 16.20 - PC 21.58
Seats are classed "Pullman" (former "Preferente"?, ticket costs AR$200), and
"Primera" (former "Turista"?, costs AR$150). Traction will be in charge of the
last batch of ex Renfe class 319.3 imported along the Talgo sets.
SOFSE is currently operating local passenger services in Chaco province (ex
Sefepa) and a Lincoln-Realicó extension of Ferrobaires BA Once-Lincoln service.
They plan to add a local service in Salta city in the near future.
>SOFSE is currently operating local passenger services in Chaco province (ex
This is not correct.
Former provincial enterprise of Chaco was SEFECHA.
and a Lincoln-Realicó extension of Ferrobaires BA Once-Lincoln service.
They plan to add a local service in Salta city in the near future.
The SOFSE service is not an extension, is a train in connection with the Ferrobaires train.
On June 17 Argentina’s Transport Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi launched a reinstated passenger service over 237 km of the former Sarmiento network from Lincoln to Realicó in La Pampa province. Weekly services are provided by government operating company Sofse using a Fepsa locomotive, while local authorities along the route are funding infrastructure work. Ferrobaires operates between Buenos Aires and Lincoln.
CNR signed the largest export contract of main line passenger trains, 20 locomotives 220 passenger coaches and total amount USD3200.00 million, to Argentina and came into effect on June 27, 2011. This is by far the largest amount of export orders on rail transportation equipment industry in China. In July of next year, the first batch of trains will be on shipping, cross the Pacific, through the Panama Canal, along the West side of the Atlantic South, eventually landing in Atlantic South-East of the West Bank, South America Argentina, which is closest to Antarctica country in the world, will also be the farthest country which trains export from China.
Line length of 34,059 km of Argentina railway network is one of the largest railway network in the world and still is an extension of North and South America one of the most extensive rail network, with four different routes, and Paraguay, and Bolivia, and Chile, and Brazil, and Uruguay's international routes linked. But because of the slow line upgrade, transport automation levels are low, restricted the Argentina further development of the railway. In recent years, in order to meet its foreign trade economy based on agriculture and animal husbandry, Argentina has developed railway network improvement plan, and purchase rail cars in the world.
CNR can develop and manufacture high-speed railway trains used in Beijing-Shanghai, and Beijing-Tianjin, and Wuhan-Guangzhou, superior conditions of high-speed railway lines, also general railway equipment, and export products to Central Asia and Middle East countries. Apart from to adaptation old line outside, also adaptation worse of geographical and climate conditions, therefore CNR has become the above area of mainline equipment supplier, and accumulated higher reputations. Argentina delegation visited CNR and research the good performance of railway vehicles in the above areas, eventually decided to purchase of the CNR railway cars.
CNR will supply a speed of 120 km and a speed of 160 km two levels of locomotive and passenger cars, locomotive mounted power is 2,200-kilowatt. The locomotives and passenger cars will be used in Argentina on the main north-south rail lines.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner travelled to Lincoln, in the province of Buenos Aires on Friday, to head the inauguration of railway line which will reactivate the train service from Lincoln to Realicó, where she promoted the "industrialisation of rural areas" during her speech.
The President underlined that today Argentina “has found its way, and that we shall sustain,” furthering that one of her dreams was to “industrialise rural areas” across the country.
Fernández de Kirchner was inaugurating a trainline in Lincoln, some 320 kilometres away from the Buenos Aires capital, which will newly connect twenty towns.
The head of State furthered “in this world that is suffering collapse, with issues that are occurring not so far from our own country, it’s far easier to understand the things that we want to do, and what we want for our country.”
Which, of course, is not correct. The train is running since June 17th, 2011 once a week (from Lincoln on Fridays, from Realico on Sundays). At Lincoln, the train has a connection with the Ferrobaires Buenos Aires-Lincoln service.
The "official inauguration" is only campaign for the next elections...
..... Marcelo is correct.
But this train was already once "inaugurated" by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner two years ago, when an ex-Renfe (Spain) DMU did a test run
from Lincoln to Realicó and back, then under the name Ferrocarril Unión Pacífico. But the service didn't operate after that. June 17th 2011 was then the start of the operation by the state run company SOFSE. The same day in 2009 the suburban service Tucumán - Tafi Viejo was also "inaugurated" without any trip made until today and Salto - Cerrillos was also inaugurated then as a suburban service, but it was running just a couple of Tuesdays until the diesel was finished. All three services where then inaugurated by Mrs. President by a teleconference.
August 29, 2011, Mrs. Fernández de Kirchner will inaugurate a new international service between Concordia (Argentina) and Salto (Uruguay), but the service will only run from September 9 on, on a weekly basis. Some sources even say that it will run Buenos Aires - Concordia - Salto a distance of 528 km, using an ex-NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) Wadloper DH-2 DMU. But these DMU's aren't made for such a long journey of 8 hours or so. We will see what actually will happen.
Theoretically there is no limit for inaugurations of a railway.
You can find reasons again and again, as long as they help in political campaigns.
The Concordia – Salto service too is currently called inauguration, but it is in fact a re-inauguration, because passenger services already existed 1982 to 1985 and freight services never came really to an end, they just reached a very low level.
UIA Argentine Industrial Union leader José Ignacio de Mendiguren assured that in order to move forward with economic development “it is essential to end with national confrontations” and warned that the worst scenario for Argentine finances is that Brazil’s economy growth stalls.
“This moment is very special, the industry has impartial figures of growth and exports. The idea is to move forward with that progress and development process. We must end with national confrontations,”
Likewise, De Mendiguren deemed the inflation rate’s increase in the Government's decision of not resigning growth, and stated that that can be solved by accompanying it with more investment.
“The world is in extremely complicated situation. Brazil is a cause for concern because it has competitivity issues, and the worst case scenario for Argentina is that Brazilian economy stops growing.”
Regarding Central Labour Confederation leadeHugo Moyano, de Mendiguren revealed they have had their share of feud. “We argue quite a lot with Moyano for present matters and we don’t put future in perspective. When I tell him there will be more trains, he thinks there will be less trucks, even though the railway has a 25 percent stake of the national fleet, the number of trucks will grow thrice as much.”
A bus driver trying to beat a train across a level crossing in Argentina caused a huge crash that killed at least seven people and injured scores.
The train slammed into the bus ramming it into a station platform and then striking another locomotive head-on.
The force of the crash reduced the bus to a fraction of its width and the driver was among the dead. The front of the train then slammed into another train that was preparing to leave the Flores station in a suburb of Buenos Aires
The city's passenger rail system moves at street level through most neighbourhoods of the capital and surrounding provinces, trying the patience of drivers who often can be seen ignoring the lights, bells and barriers that signal an approaching train.
The potential for collisions increases at rush-hour, particularly next to stations, with trains passing and barriers dropping every few minutes.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The death toll in Argentina's bus-train crash has risen to nine, with at least 212 people injured.
Emergency officials are still trying to extricate several bodies from under the wreckage left by Tuesday's collision, which happened when a bus driver drove past a barrier with flashing lights and a ringing bell in an attempt to beat trains across the tracks.
Police say at least 20 of the injured are in criticial condition, being treated at hospitals around Buenos Aires.
Argentine Transportation Secretary J.P. Schiavi says the bus driver was among those killed.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A train slammed into a bus trying to beat it across the railroad tracks during rush hour in the Argentine capital Tuesday, ramming the vehicle into a platform and then striking another locomotive head-on. At least seven people were killed and more than 160 injured, authorities said.
The bus driver was among those killed, Argentine Transportation Secretary J.P. Schiavi said.
The force of the arriving train reduced the bus to a fraction of its width as it became wedged against the station platform in the densely populated Flores neighborhood. The front of the train then slammed into another train that was preparing to leave in the opposite direction. Video of the crash shows the bus driving around a partially lowered barrier despite flashing lights that warned of the oncoming train.
As with many crossings in the city, nearby buildings are so close to the tracks that drivers have little visibility of approaching trains.
Schiavi said children were among those injured in the accident, which happened at 6:15 a.m. local time (5:15 a.m. EDT; 0915 GMT), just when many parents use public transportation to take their children to school.
Helicopters helped carry the injured to at least seven hospitals around the city.
According to Argentina's national transportation regulator, 440 people and 165 vehicles were hit by trains in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area last year, causing a total of 269 deaths — more than one every other day on average.
Buenos Aires' passenger rail system moves at street level through most neighborhoods of the capital and the surrounding province, trying the patience of drivers and people walking by who often can be seen ignoring the lights, bells and barriers that signal approaching trains. The potential for collisions increases at rush hour, particularly next to stations, where trains arrive every few minutes and the barriers remain down while passengers get on and off.
The Sarmiento line where Tuesday's collisions occurred connects the suburb of Moreno to the Once station downtown, and has more street-level crossings than any other in the capital. A $1.2 billion project to move its tracks into an underground tunnel has been delayed for more than a decade.
there are photo's in newspaper article___
A bus driver gambled and tried to rush across railroad tracks Tuesday despite a barrier, bells and flashing lights, setting off a chain-reaction collision with two trains that killed 11 people and injured hundreds in Argentina's capital.
The shocking accident, captured on video, came as little surprise to many in Buenos Aires, where 440 people and 165 vehicles were hit by trains last year, causing a total of 269 deaths.
In the latest accident, the bus got halfway across the first track before an oncoming passenger train crushed it against a concrete station platform. The collision forced the train's first two cars off the rails and into another locomotive that was leaving the station in the other direction.
The bus driver was among those killed, and 212 were injured, including about 20 in critical condition, said Alberto Crescenti, director-general of Argentina's emergency medical system. Nine people died at the scene, police said, and two in hospitals.
The engineer in the train that hit the bus was trapped in the crumpled metal, and rescuers had to break his leg to get him out. He also broke a hip and his chest was crushed, though he is expected to survive, union leader Omar Maturano said. The other train's engineer sustained a foot injury.
Maturano blamed "how we are as Argentines, that we immediately lift the barriers and cross despite flashing warning signals."
Emergency officials were still trying to extricate bodies from under the wreckage hours after the crash.
The collision happened at 6:15 a.m. during morning rush hour in the densely populated Flores neighborhood, when many parents use public transportation to take their children to school. Children were among the injured, according to Argentine Transportation Secretary J.P. Schiavi.
There are hundreds of street-level train crossings in the Argentine capital, and their danger increases at rush hour, particularly next to stations, where trains can arrive every four minutes - so frequently that the crossing barriers remain down most of the time.
CCTV footage shows the moment a bus and two trains collide during the morning rush hour, yesterday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Local media is reporting that at least 11 people were killed and over 200 injured after a bus ran across a level crossing into an oncoming passenger train.
This train was forced off the rails and ploughed into another oncoming train, full of passengers.
It is thought that the driver of the bus was trying to dash across the tracks before the train approached.
The footage shows people climbing through the windows of the trains onto the platform, and even running across the tracks to escape.
Argentina's federal planning, public investment and services ministry expects to wrap up work during 2015 on a project to convert capital Buenos Aires' Sarmiento passenger rail line into an underground line.
Argentine firm Dycasa has signed a contract with state-owned subway firm Subterráneos de Buenos Aires (SBASE) to build six new subway stations on the capital city's line H.
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