Brazil's Busiest Railway Is Set to Get Even Busier

Brazil's 905 km Vitoria a Minas Railway (EFVM) was originally built to reach the diamond reserves northwest of Vitoria, but the discovery of iron ore at Itabara changed that. Today EFVM is one of the world's busiest railways that handles a staggering 32% of Brazil's rail freight, measured in tonne-km, on just 3% of the country's rail network. Over the next five years, EFVM expects to see a traffic growth of 56 million tonnes/year in iron ore production. Railway and port capacity will grow accordingly. This article reviews EFVM's five year investment plans that include the purchase of additional locomotives and wagons, and infrastructure improvements such as: purchasing a minimum of 10 locomotives a year; completing the installation of optic fiber lines along the entire railway; rebuilding and expanding the yards at Costa Lacerda and Brucutu, the latter in conjunction with mine expansion; and installing modern signalling between Costa Lacerda and Belo Horizonte.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 17-19
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  • Accession Number: 01001039
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2005 9:37AM