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Old March 2nd, 2015, 04:10 AM   #361
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President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced that the Executive Power will sponsor a bill to nationalize the country’s railways during her speech at the opening of the 133th congressional period.
“I would like to tell all lawmakers that I will deliver a bill for the State to recover the management of Argentina’s railways,” Ms. Kirchner said. “I am not moved by a nationalization zeal. It is simply about improving efficiency.”
“We will save additional 415 million pesos,” she vowed.
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Old March 3rd, 2015, 09:37 PM   #362
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Buenos Aires commuter routes renationalised




ARGENTINA: By means of a resolution published on March 2, Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo has instructed federal railway operating company SOFSE to take direct charge of the Mitre, San Martín, Roca and Belgrano Sur commuter networks in Buenos Aires, rescinding operating agreements signed on February 10 2014.

Since last year the Mitre and San Martín networks have been operated by Corredores Ferroviarios SA, part of the Metrovías group. Argentren SA, part of Ferrovías, has been responsible for Roca and Belgrano Sur services.

Announcing on March 1 that her government would present a bill to Congress to restore state control over the national rail network, President Cristina Fernández stressed that she was not being moved by an urge to nationalise. ‘It is simply to improve efficiency’ she said, noting that costs on the state-run Sarmiento network had increased by 17% year-on-year in 2014, compared to 77% for the San Martín, 27% for the Roca, 56% for the Belgrano Sur and 51% for the Mitre.

Nationalisation of services still operated by the private sector would save an additional 415m pesos a year, she added. According to Randazzo, two and half years of public operation had demonstrated that the state could be ‘a better administrator’ than the private sector, ‘saving an enormous amount of money that today is paid to the companies responsible for operations’.


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Old March 6th, 2015, 06:44 PM   #363
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First CSR Roca EMU unveiled
06 Mar 2015



ARGENTINA: On March 5 President Cristina Fernández joined Minister of the Interior & Transport Florencio Randazzo and Minister of Economy & Public Finance Axel Kicillof to present the first four-car EMU to be delivered by CSR Qingdao Sifang of China for the Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires. Following 90 days of trials with the first trainset, the new CSR fleet is due to enter service in August.

At a cost of US$354m, the government has ordered a total of 300 cars for the Roca network, electrified at 25 kV AC. A batch of 60 cars was dispatched from China on February 15, due to be followed by 60 cars later this month, 59 in April, 60 in May and the final batch of 57 in June

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Old March 6th, 2015, 09:45 PM   #364
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Those cars are much longer than Mitre and Sarmiento Stock.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 05:28 AM   #365
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G12 perteneciente al Puerto de Buenos Aires.


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Old March 26th, 2015, 06:51 AM   #367
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Cute lil DMU.
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Old March 26th, 2015, 07:23 AM   #368
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Is there another piece to that DMU?
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For now it's only that, it remains to be seen if they will make them longer (I hope so). It's called the "Alerce" by Argentine company Emepa. The government has ordered 20 of these 2 coach formations for an express service of the Belgrano Norte Line from the Belgrano Retiro station in Buenos Aires to the town of Boulogne Sur Mer at first, and then it will eventually be extended to the town of Pilar, 50km northwest of the country's capital. One formation will be produced per month in Emepa's plant in the small city of Chascomús in Buenos Aires Province. The Alerce can be built in both DMU or EMU configurations. And the EMU version can be by both power sources: third rail or overhead wire. 80% of the train's components are made in Argentina, the few exceptions are certain inputs like the brakes, that are German, or the intelligent door closing system, that's Austrian.

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Old March 26th, 2015, 10:30 AM   #370
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Looks like decent piece of local transport, though they should have put more than 2 sets of doors. The blue-black-white scheme looks very elegant, and I like the lack of a classic logo, with just typo on the front.
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I would day decent only if it will run on lines fitted with platforms at door's
height. Otherwise it will be a nightmare for any people with limited mobility.
But with such a base design, making a low-floor version of that would not
be very complicated.

I like the idea of independent power module in the middle. It makes the total
design much less complicated, makes it far more easier to maintain, keeps
the passenger area free of noise and vibrations... and only the power module
changes between electric and diesel versions. I suppose also that the wheels
below the power module are directly affixed to it, thus making that part of
the design, specially the power transmission, much simpler than with a bogie.
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Looks like decent piece of local transport, though they should have put more than 2 sets of doors. The blue-black-white scheme looks very elegant, and I like the lack of a classic logo, with just typo on the front.
It has only 2 doors because it will be an express service with a higher fare, so it won't be massively used. It will be more of a shuttle service, since one of it's stops will be in Buenos Aires' Aeroparque Airport.

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I would day decent only if it will run on lines fitted with platforms at door's
height. Otherwise it will be a nightmare for any people with limited mobility.
But with such a base design, making a low-floor version of that would not
be very complicated.
Most of the stations where the Alerce will be used are being built only for that route, so they will have high platforms. The Alerce has not been created for massive transport but for differential or short services. I hope EMFER and MATERFER (the other train company from Argentina, that doesn't seem to have the same quality than EMFER) will later develop true massive transport models.

The importance about this is that railways used to be central in Argentina, they literally built the country by creating towns around the tracks. And the national industry too was very important. Up until the 50s or 60s we used to produce our own trains. To see that the industry and the railways are being reborn is trully amazing for everyone in Argentina. I mean, people CRIED when the railways were shut down back in the 90s.
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Renovations in train shield in Retiro mitre and call in Plaza Constitución St.








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I would day decent only if it will run on lines fitted with platforms at door's
height. Otherwise it will be a nightmare for any people with limited mobility.
But with such a base design, making a low-floor version of that would not
be very complicated.

I like the idea of independent power module in the middle. It makes the total
design much less complicated, makes it far more easier to maintain, keeps
the passenger area free of noise and vibrations... and only the power module
changes between electric and diesel versions. I suppose also that the wheels
below the power module are directly affixed to it, thus making that part of
the design, specially the power transmission, much simpler than with a bogie.
The majority of trains in Buenos Aires have high floor and high platform. The new DMUs stations also.
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La Plata City's station also needs renovations urgently.
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Maybe with the electrification
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La Plata City's station also needs renovations urgently.
La ultima vez que pasé la estacion no estaba tan mal. Estaba bien pintada, por fuera y por dentro (despues de decadas de juntar moho). Pero si, la "nave" estaba en mal estado. Espero que algun día se recupere.
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New chinese trains for the Mitre Line in Buenos Aires:





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