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New railways open in Buenos Aires

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. 

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).

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