Mayan Train: New Train Delivered, Second Section Nears Completion
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Mayan Train: New Train Delivered, Second Section Nears Completion

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Adriana Alarcón By Adriana Alarcón | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Mon, 08/21/2023 - 17:00

The Mayan Train continues to make significant strides toward its completion, as static and dynamic tests are underway with the delivery of a second X-trapolis train and the second section being almost finished, reports the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (FONATUR).

The latest developments were shared during today's morning press conference by Javier May, General Director, FONATUR. May reports that the second section of the Mayan Train stands at 95.7% completion, with only 10km pending. The second section makes up the route from Escarcega to Calkini, Campeche. He also pointed out that most of Mayan Train’s 600 complementary works in six municipalities in Campeche are ready.

The delivery of the second convoy of the Mayan Train was announced by Maite Ramos, Country Managing Director, Alstom, as the static testing began at the plant in Ciudad Sahagun, Hidalgo. The static tests cover the pneumatic system, door control, heating, ventilation and lighting as part of the validation program stipulated to provide safety and quality to passengers. She also mentioned that this series of tests aims to ensure the correct operation of the train to meet all the technical, mechanical and quality requirements.

Complementary works are also progressing, reports Antonio Gómez, General Director, Grupo Carso. Gómez says that significant progress has been made in the northern subsections Koben-Dzitbalche and Escarcega-Chiná, including drainage works, bridges viaducts and underpasses. Other works remain under construction including 22 overpasses and two stations, which are progressing according to schedule.

The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) is also collaborating to construct the Edzna hotel, which stands at 25% completion in regards to the placement of walls and accessories for installing a swimming pool. The project will involve planting more than 4,500 trees.

In light of these advancements, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says that the first convoy of the Mayan Train is about to start 24 dynamic tests. It will perform different braking and speed tests when empty and loaded and identify straight and curved tracks, slopes and weather conditions. He also mentioned that the third unit will be delivered by the end of August and, as previously reported by MBN, 13 more will be provided by December and the rest in 2024.

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