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Old October 17th, 2014, 02:00 PM   #61
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HNTB to study new US-Mexico border crossing
Friday, October 17, 2014



THE New Mexico Border Authority has selected HNTB to perform an extensive feasibility study of a new railway bypass and international border crossing with Mexico near Santa Teresa, close to the New Mexico-Texas state line

The study will take 12 months to complete and, if it is deemed feasible, it is anticipated that the project would link with a proposed railway from a yet-to-be-built port at Nayarit on the west coast of Mexico to San Jerónimo, just over the border from Santa Teresa. This scheme is backed by Chinese investors after they signed a letter of intent with Chihuahua governor Mr César Duarte in August and is considered a key part of the San Jerónimo Santa Teresa Master Plan to create a cross-border manufacturing hub.

The New Mexico railway project would provide a connection from Union Pacific's Strauss terminal development, a $US 400m, 890-hectare inland port located west of Santa Teresa which opened in April a year ahead of schedule, to the new railway

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Old October 17th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #62
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Old January 14th, 2015, 12:02 AM   #63
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The president, Enrique Peña Nieto, inaugurated this evening the new Durango Railway Station which is located in the Industrial Logistics Center entity, next to the "Guadalupe Victoria" International Airport, which aims to make this site the most important of the north commercial logistics hub.

The president will be accompanied by Durango Governor Jorge Herrera Caldera, also current president of Conago- and Secretary of Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza and the president of Altos Hornos de Mexico (AHMSA), Alonso Ancira Elizondo.

The work began in July 2012 with more than $385 million pesos investment, which included the construction of 23 kilometers of railway, besides administrative buildings, docks, warehouses, guard, rail yards with capacity of 981 cars, telecommunications and a scale of 150 tons.

The Railway Station Durango increase the competitiveness of this region for imports and exports between Mexico, Asia, USA and Canada.

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Old July 1st, 2015, 05:27 PM   #64
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Trans Isthmic Railroad (TI) construction begin in 2016

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$3millions will be destined for previous studies in order to begin construction by 1st half of 2016.



It will be developed in 3 phases, with a 1st stage to last a year and a half, a second stage 3 years lasting and the third from 5 to 10 years of development.
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 02:35 AM   #65
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thanks dimlyss1994, although is not clear what kind of train is this, because they call it light rail, but the distance between San Juan and Queretaro is 54km, to much for a light rail, seems we will need to wait for further and deeper information to know what exactly they mean
I hope they mean a commuter rail.
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Old August 10th, 2015, 04:00 PM   #66
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US - Mexico rail link completed
Monday, August 10, 2015



THE first new railway bridge between the United States and Mexico for more than 100 years became operational on August 7, with the opening of the West Rail link between Brownsville, Texas, and the neighbouring town of Matamoros in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas

The project included the construction of 10km of new line on the US side and a new bridge across the Rio Grande, which marks the border between the two countries. The new railway replaces the existing Brownsville - Matamoros line and eliminates 14 level crossings in the Brownsville area

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Agreement to revive Mexico – USA Desert Line
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NORTH AMERICA: An agreement to fund infrastructure rehabilitation and the revival of freight services on the 110 km Desert Line, in order to connect manufacturing facilities in northern Mexico with southeastern San Diego County in the USA, was announced by Pacific Imperial Railroad and Baja California Railroad on June 9.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has owned the Desert Line since 1979, and it approved a lease agreement with PIR in 2012. Since January 2013 PIR has been negotiating an operating agreement with Baja Rail, which runs services on the Mexican section of the route, and a memorandum of understanding was signed on June 22 2015

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Binational Agreement Reached to Reconstruct the Desert Line Railroad

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Work on the line will include repaired bridges and tunnels and improvements to track. Once completed, it will allow trains up to 30 cars to travel on the line from Mexico to Coyote Wells. There, cars will be assembled into 100-car trains for delivery to the Union Pacific Railroad in Plaster City. To accommodate this activity, a new intermodal facility will be built in Coyote Wells by PIR.

“We have worked very hard with our partners in Mexico to realize this dream,” said Arturo Alemany, Executive Board Member for Pacific Imperial Railroad. “This is a joint effort that will create a new cost-effective option for international businesses to ship products, such as automobiles, from Mexico to the eastern United States.”

Details of the new Cali-Baja Joint Venture Sublease and Operating Agreement include:

Baja Rail and PIR will pay for the cost to reconstruct and operate the Desert Line (estimated at $60-70 million).
Construction is set to begin in summer 2016.
Baja Rail will oversee the railroad repair, maintenance and operational obligations for 60 miles of the Desert Line
PIR will build an intermodal facility near Coyote Wells in Imperial County to load freight and provide space to build the necessary 100-car trains that can be delivered to the Union Pacific main line network.
MTS will continue to earn a minimum annual guarantee of $1 million annually related to the Desert Line lease.
MTS will receive 7% of gross revenue if greater than $1 million.
Extending the deadline by 12 months for all milestones (initial repairs, test train operations, limited operations, full-scale repairs and operations).

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KCS sees Lazaro Cardenas as outlet for US resins

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Kansas City Southern (KCS) is positioning its Mexican network as an alternative export route for plastic resins produced around the US Gulf Coast, sending it through the Pacific Coast port of Lazaro Cardenas, which was recently enhanced by APM Terminal’s opening of a new semi-automated terminal.

The railroad told investors it has “been running test shipments for a myriad of companies” on the route, and expects to see “additional services for shipments going southbound through Lazaro Cardenas, bound for Asia and the western side of South America.” Most of the increase in US resin production during the next few years will go to China and other Asian countries for processing into plastic products, according to the Chemicals division of IHS Markit.

Resin producers, having invested more than $100 billion in plants around Texas and Louisiana, are looking for ports to handle containerized exports that are expected to rise nationally by 500,000 TEU over the next few years.

To be successful in gaining a share, however, KCS will have to overcome a number of hurdles, including competition from other ports, questions about empty-container availability around Houston, and concerns about security for cargo going through Mexico, particularly around Lazaro Cardenas, analysts say.
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FERROBUQUE COATZACOALCOS

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In the port of Coatzacoalcos Veracruz maintains a maritime route with the port of Mobile Alabama United States, with an innovative system of transportation that fuses a cargo ship with a railroad, transforming it in the famous Ferrobuque.

Ferrobuque grew 55% in the first quarter of the year to register more than 233 thousand tons with respect to last year. The main goods that move by this means of transport are: petrochemicals, refined sugar, paper and cellulose derivatives. The Southwest Railroad Company (FERROSUR) is already planning the implementation of refrigerated vans.

Ferries "Banda Sea" and "Bali Sea" have a capacity of 115 vans and 6 rail lines per boat.
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Old October 18th, 2017, 02:01 AM   #70
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Catenary masts on those two pictures... New electrification coming, or old one dismantled ?
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Dismantled.

Forgive me if this is incorrect, but in the early 1990's there was a project to electrify the main line from Mexico City to Queretaro. During that era the city had horrible air pollution(still does I guess). GE built electric locomotives which would haul passengers and freight. However after the financial crisis and the passage of NAFTA in 1994, railways in Mexico were privatized and all passenger trains ended. The new operators did not want the electrification and it was scrapped.

The GE locomotives are still(?) used on a couple of mine to power plant railroads in the US, the Black Mesa and Lake Powell and the TXU mine railroad in northeast Texas. However the latter is going to to shut down due to the power plants closing. With coal going obsolete and those trains pushing 30 years old now I think its the end.
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Black Mesa & Lake Powell is electrified at 50kV... Did they rewire the whole locs ?
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