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Old November 13th, 2016, 09:12 AM   #1
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From Railway Gazette:

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AFE buys Swedish railcars
12 Nov 2016



URUGUAY: National railway AFE has purchased seven Fiat Y1 diesel railcars from Swedish rolling stock leasing and maintenance company NetRail.

One is to be used to provide spare parts, while the others are to be deployed to improve services from Montevideo to 25 de Agosto. AFE also plans to reinstate services to Victor Sudriers which were withdrawn in 2012, and is studying the reinstatement of passenger services on the 84 km route to San Ramón on the Río Branco line

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are to be deployed to improve services from Montevideo to 25 de Agosto
Not on these tracks, hopefully.
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The Y1 railcar is the flagship of AFE. Some years ago, AFE bought some Y1 railcars for Montevideo-25 de Agosto commuter service and ridership increased.

But, for my opinion, AFE could start a study for a tram-train service in Montevideo, between Estación Central (or Gen. Artigas Station) and Surdiers with a link to Carrasco Airport. Y1 railcars also could be used for some long-distance services to Minas and Durazno.
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Old November 16th, 2016, 11:46 PM   #5
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nowadays it is the railroad network in Uruguay:

in red, the only passangers lines.




here you have some information from wikipedia:

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The Uruguayan railway network has approximately 2900 km of lines, all of 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge, diesel traction and only 11 km of double track. Half of the network is closed, freight trains circulating branches in Montevideo - Rivera - Livramento, Piedra Sola - Three Trees, Sayago - Minas, Verdum-Plant ANCAP, Carnelli-La Teja, Chamberlain - Paysandú - Salto - Concordia and Algorta - Fray Bentos. Work has been carried out to reopen the line from August 25 - San Jose -Ombucitos, having reopened the stretch to San Jose for passenger services in December 2006

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Overview
Total rail network: 2,835 km
Standard gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) – 2,835 km
In service: 1,507 km
Out of service: 1,328 km
History

The work of building the first railway line in Uruguay began April 25, 1867, a branch between Paso del Molino and Cerro which consisted of a horse-drawn train. The national "Ferrocarril Central" had obtained the concession for the laying of tracks to Durazno, 205 km from Montevideo. However, for more than a decade they had submitted projects to no avail. The first 18 kilometres (11 mi) branch between Bella Vista and Las Piedras, was inaugurated on 1 January 1869. To continue the extension of the line and due to lack of capital in the country, many loans were contracted in London, where, as a control, a directory was established. Due to financial problems and high costs of the national administration, the British acquired the majority stake. The Central Uruguay Railway, the largest British companies operating in the country, was formally born on 1 January 1878. By this time, several companies had appeared, such as the Midland Uruguay Railway. Although they were started by national capitals, they ended under British control as they were unable to find capital in the country to complete the works.

Nationalization

Main article: State Railways Administration of Uruguay

Following what was then a worldwide trend, the private companies were nationalised in 1948, the parliament approved the projects for the acquisition of foreign railroads, charging and part of the debt of 17 billion pounds that the United Kingdom had with Uruguay because of purchases made during the Second World War.

Narrow gauge

There were four big narrow gauge railway lines in Uruguay:
Puerto del Sauce (now Juan Lacaze) - Terminal: 3 ft (914 mm), (1901–1959)
Piriápolis - Pan de Azucar: 750 mm (2 ft 5 1⁄2 in) (1903–1958)
km 393-Arrozal 33: 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in)
km 110 - Cantera Burgueño: 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in).

All were dismantled. There were also several quarry lines of 600 mm (1 ft 11 5⁄8 in) gauge, among them the famous INDARE sand line. Around 300 m of that sand line is preserved and also a lot of steam locomotives. One of those is in working order. Also, a new narrow gauge line, of around 1 km, with two diesel locomotives from the former km 110 - Cantera Burgueño line, was constructed in a park on the town of Santiago Vazquez, west of Montevideo.

Passenger services

Regular passenger services are operated between Montevideo and Veinticinco de Agosto (63 km) since August 26, 1993 (previously all regular passenger services were withdrawn on January 2, 1988). One daily train was extended to San José de Mayo (96 km from Montevideo) on January 15, 2007, and other was extended from Veinticinco de Agostoo to Florida (109 km from Montevideo) on January 2, 2008. Another line, which operates between Montevideo and Estacion Ingeniero Victor Sudriers in Empalme Olmos, was reopened on December 15, 2005 (44 km).



Renovation plans


The state railway administration AFE has announced that starting January, 2010, 377 km of track will be renewed on the Pintado - Rivera railway of the central main line. The contract for the repair of railways covers in particular the section from Pintado (Florida) and Chamberlain (Tacuarembó) based on the change of wooden ties, and from there to Rivera on the border with Brazil, part of the international branch located along the border with the city of Santana do Livramento, in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil using rail supplied by Russia given in lieu of a debt and wooden ties imported from Paraguay. The programme will cost US$30m.

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A brand new thread, hopefully clarifying a lot of the fog hanging around the rail network from my eyes. Thank you for sharing railways news from Uruguay!
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Old November 17th, 2016, 12:00 AM   #7
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here you have some videos:


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some pictures

La niña del pelo raro by Óscar, en Flickr

Terminal de graneleros by Nico McBrain, en Flickr

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Old November 17th, 2016, 03:34 AM   #9
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Not on these tracks, hopefully.
That is the line to San Jose, closed in 2012.

I am the Uruguayan Correspondant of Railway Gazette International.
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The Y1 railcar is the flagship of AFE. Some years ago, AFE bought some Y1 railcars for Montevideo-25 de Agosto commuter service and ridership increased.

But, for my opinion, AFE could start a study for a tram-train service in Montevideo, between Estación Central (or Gen. Artigas Station) and Surdiers with a link to Carrasco Airport. Y1 railcars also could be used for some long-distance services to Minas and Durazno.
Y1 railcars are expensive to operate and with a high per passenger operating cost because of high fuel consumption.

AFE purchase those railcars because they are CHEAP. Of the 7 that they purchased recently, one will come as spare part source, and other two out of service. And only ONE of them with Volvo engines. Those with Fiat engines are a headache and they catch fire in Sweden, so...

Oh, by the way, passenger numbers NOT increased as previous levels before the nearly complete passenger service withdrawal in 2012.

2011: 594.000 passengers
2012: 377.000
2013: 273.000
2014: 322.000
2015: 334.000

Railway Gazette article, November 2016 with the current situation:

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Regular passenger services are operated between Montevideo and Veinticinco de Agosto (63 km) since August 26, 1993 (previously all regular passenger services were withdrawn on January 2, 1988). One daily train was extended to San José de Mayo (96 km from Montevideo) on January 15, 2007, and other was extended from Veinticinco de Agostoo to Florida (109 km from Montevideo) on January 2, 2008. Another line, which operates between Montevideo and Estacion Ingeniero Victor Sudriers in Empalme Olmos, was reopened on December 15, 2005 (44 km).
Nearly all passenger services were withdrawn on June 1rst, 2012.

Only survived 2 trains from and to 25 de Agosto and were added two roundtrips to Progreso.

At present, STILL the same 2 daily trains from and to 25 de Agosto remains, but with more services to Progreso and one to Las Piedras.
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Nowadays, AFE has international connection only to Belgrano Cargas (Argentina) in Salto Grande. Brazilian narrow-gauge railway from Santana do Livramento to Santa Maria is abandoned.

Uruguayan Government could talk with Brazilian Government and Belgrano Cargas to build together a new 1435 mm railway line from Rivera to Santa Maria, in Brazil. This new line would boost the rail freight transport on Mercosur Region.
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Nowadays, AFE has international connection only to Belgrano Cargas (Argentina) in Salto Grande. Brazilian narrow-gauge railway from Santana do Livramento to Santa Maria is abandoned.

Uruguayan Government could talk with Brazilian Government and Belgrano Cargas to build together a new 1435 mm railway line from Rivera to Santa Maria, in Brazil. This new line would boost the rail freight transport on Mercosur Region.
1) International connection to Argentina is CLOSED and UNUSED since 2012 when the international passenger service was withdrawn.

2) Brazilian line between ENTRONCAMENTO and Livramento has been rebuilt and the only train that has operated on the line is a tourist passenger service, as ALL is not interested in the freight service.

It is obvious that you have no idea of what are you talking about.
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International connection with Argentina is closed? I didn't konw.
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Montevideo's central station looks like it's falling into ruin.
How did AFE end up terminating the handful of passenger trains in a new terminal a few hundred meters from the historical one?

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Montevideo's central station looks like it's falling into ruin.
How did AFE end up terminating the handful of passenger trains in a new terminal a few hundred meters from the historical one?
Because one of our "cultural" presidents tried to do a mega cultural center in the Central Station, a stupid and not profitable movement, and also was a big scam with the company which was awarded the project. AFE sold the station to the mortgage bank in 1999, but stayed until 2003. The return tax was very low, so the project was unprofitable, the intention was to sell to the Mortgage Bank (state owned) some land in the neighbour, owned by friends of politicians, and also sell the project to other. As in 2002 (before new station opened) the economic crisis ended with that bubble, in 2003 when station closed, the company (Glenby S.A.) and the state owned bank ended with legal process against each other. In 2005, in a corrupt movement, the state owned bank ended the legal process in agreement with Glenby. After the goverment change, other legal action started, and in 2011 Glenby S.A was awarded with the buildings and land. But they were not interested in them, they were interested to do more legal action against the state to cash money. In 2015, the justice failed against the company, so the state must not pay anything. At present, there is more legal action to end the contract of Glenby with the state.

The Passenger Group defending Montevideo Central Station is pressing the goverment to restore train service to the building and the AFE management board agree with that. The issue is that politicians don´t have a clue about railways or passenger service, and AFE is not interested in passenger service, nor understand how it works.

Oh, by the way, "few hundred meters" is more than 500 meters, and passenger trains lost more than 100.000 passengers per year because of that.
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On the Central Station picture, you can see the 4 tracks that were reopened between 2009 and 2011. In 2011 they were abandoned again because of the legal issues...
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I visited Montevideo in 2007. Here are pictures of old and new Central stations those times. In the front of main entrance are placed Stephenson, Volta and others monuments. The Guard told me that they plan setup Mercado in the station building.

























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I visited Montevideo in 2007. Here are pictures of old and new Central stations those times. In the front of main entrance are placed Stephenson, Volta and others monuments. The Guard told me that they plan setup Mercado in the station building.
Mercado of what?

There is NO PLAN for the station, with the exception of that one presented by the Passenger Group defending Montevideo Central Station.

AFE is endorsing that plan, and promoting it with the goverment.
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Uruguay announces PPP railway project


By Javiera Gracia
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Uruguay announces PPP railway project


Source:Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas de Uruguay

The Uruguayan government has announced a project to build and maintain a 273km stretch of railway between the port of Montevideo and Paso de los Toros in Tacuarembó department under a public-private partnership model (PPP).

During the presentation of the project (pictured), government authorities, including President Tabaré Vásquez, explained that the project includes an initial 26km dual line, a dozen secondary lines for rail intersections, a section for industrial access and works on over 40 railway bridges that will either be strengthened or built from scratch, according to a press release from the public works and transports ministry (MTOP).
https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/i...ilway-project1
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