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Old April 19th, 2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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ARGENTINA / CHILE | Trans-Andean rail tunnel

I didn't see an English thread on this, very interesting project. It would cut the crossing time from 8-10 hours to 4 and not be prone to the usual winter disruptions. It's near the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, Mt Aconcagua. Freight could be shipped from the Atlantic (Buenos Aires) to Pacific (San Antonio/Valparaíso) in record time and without changing trains. It would also have passenger service.

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Bioceánico Aconcagua:
- Túnel principal de 52 Km.
- Única conexión terrestre confiable. Cruce operativo los 365 días del año.
- Cruce de la Cordillera en 4 horas.
- Ferrocarril eléctrico de última generación
- 70 millones de toneladas por año.
- 29 túneles secundarios (10 km).
- Misma trocha desde el Atlántico hasta el Pacífico
- 33 puentes
- Maximiza la capacidad de transporte. Incrementa la demanda.
- Genera un cruce eficiente y competitivo
- Conforma un sistema logístico integrado: Buenos Aires–Valparaíso / San Antonio
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Hay dos maquetas en exposición, una en el aeropuerto de Mendoza y otra en el aeropuerto de Santiago.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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Le tome un par de fotos a la maqueta que esta en el aeropuerto, es enorme el proyecto.

Perdón por la calidad de las fotos, son del cel.









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Old April 20th, 2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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52km... how does it pretend to be financed?
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Old April 20th, 2012, 02:09 PM   #4
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I don't think this is a serious project (as in one that will be actually built). Remember how they promissed the argentinean HSR and then lied and made false excuses to cancel it. The current government in Argentina is far too incompetent to be able to pull such a project. They don't even invest in basic modernization in the Intercity railways.

And don't take this as being anti-argentinean, on the contrary, it would be great if they had a competent government which invests in intercity railways, but reality differs from that .... if it is of any consolation in Brazil we have even more incompetent and corrupt people in power.
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Looks like a pipe-dream.
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Looks like a pipe-dream.
Big time. I mean if Italy, Austria and the EU are not really capable of funding the Brenner Base Tunnel, there's no way Argentina and Chile could do so. And the Brenner is the busiest north-south connection over the Alps, afaik.
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Big time. I mean if Italy, Austria and the EU are not really capable of funding the Brenner Base Tunnel, there's no way Argentina and Chile could do so. And the Brenner is the busiest north-south connection over the Alps, afaik.
I thought that the BBT had already started construction? Their website seems to indicate this.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 10:57 AM   #8
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Access and exploratory tunnels for the BBT are under construction, as are short parts of the running tunnels. But real digging work is expected for 2015-2016.
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