New railways open in Buenos Aires

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ARGENTINA president Mauricio Macri officially opened the second new elevated commuter railway in Buenos Aires on July 10.

It has replaced ground-level railways with new routes on viaducts, eliminating 11 level crossings, and releasing some land for redevelopment. 

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The 5km section of the Linea San Martin line between and Palermo and La Paternal in the city’s suburbs has been rebuilt on an eight-metre high viaduct comprising 780 prefabricated concrete sections, incorporating more than 25,000 tonnes of steel. 

A Trenes Argentinos Linea San Martin train, with Chinese-built SDD7 diesel B953 leading, heading for Pilar on the new elevated line west of Palermo on July 15. DARIO SAIDMAN

Two 220-tonne machines were used to move each concrete section horizontally into place. The work cost 3.1billion Pesos (£60million).

Read more in the August 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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