The Tren del Istmo is reinforced: Mexico acquires a much-used railway from the United Kingdom

The Tren del Istmo is reinforced: Mexico acquires a much-used railway from the United Kingdom

Launched by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on 22 December The Z Line of Isthmus Trains for passenger service, with three used locomotives, which were acquired from a United Kingdom company Today, just over a month after its pre-operational testing began, more convoys are on the way for the Tehuantepec Isthmus Railway.

This is a further package of three Class 43 high-speed diesel locomotives from the East Midlands Railway (EMR) fleet. At least 45 years old and which were taken out of circulation in September last year.

Intercity 253, model known as High-Speed ​​Railway (HTS) They were commissioned in 1976 and have since been in service in the western and eastern regions of England, However, despite being updated, they were part of a program to modernize that country’s train system in 2023.

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According to English media, these locomotives are fitted with new engines as part of a mid-life renovation.

Its speed was about 125 miles per hour i.e. about 200 kilometers per hour. In the United Kingdom, its use became popular in the 1980s under the name Intercity 125.

The new locomotives are scheduled to arrive in the coming weeks from the port of Great Yarmouth in the north of England, on a Liberian flag ship named Lois Auerbach, to the port of Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz.

Currently, the Tehuantepec Isthmus Railway, which is part of the interoceanic corridor that runs from the port of Salina Cruz in Oaxaca to the port of Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz, operates three English locomotives for the provisional passenger service that should end on the 29th. . Of February.

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