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China-made locomotives, rail coaches exported to Argentina

(People's Daily Online)

15:53, February 26, 2013

Edited and translated by Liang Jun, People's Daily Online

A Libyan cargo ship with four diesel locomotives made by China CNR Corporation Limited (CNR) aboard set sail for Buenos Aires Monday from the port city of Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province and began its two-month voyage.

Previously, 22 railway coaches developed by CNR, a leading manufacturer of railway transport equipment in China, were shipped to Buenos Aires on Feb. 6 from Dalian; they are expected to arrive at the end of March, which marks the first time that the combination of locomotives and coaches made by CNR debuts in South America.

At the end of June 2011, the contract between CNR and Federal Planning, Services and Public Investment of Argentina became formally effective. The deal, worth 320 million U.S. dollars and including 20 diesel locomotives and 220 railway coaches, was the biggest export one in China's railway transportation equipment industry.

The locomotives were designed for Argentina and meet the E.U.'s latest emission standards, with speed including 120 km per hour and 160 km per hour. All the locomotives will be used on main lines, according to experts from China CNR Corporation.

As one of the most widespread railways in South and North Americas, Argentina railway has four different routes, linking with lines of Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. To strengthen the role of railway transport in the national economy, Argentine government decided to update more than 7,000 kilometers rail lines and railway transportation.

Read the Chinese version: 中国铁路机车客车首次组合登陆南美

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