Russia’s TMH to supply 70 passenger electric trains to Argentina

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Russian rolling stock manufacturer Transmashholding (TMH) has won a US$864m contract with the Ministry of Transport of Argentina for the supply of 70 passenger electric trains and related maintenance activities. According to TMH, the project will be “Russia-financed”.

“It is a great honor for TMH to be selected by Argentina’s transport authorities for this strategic national project. We strongly believe that rail is a key driver for economic growth and TMH has played an active part in this process in Russia. By connecting people and goods quicker, smoother, safer, TMH will contribute to shaping a sustainable future for Argentina,” said Kirill Lipa, TMH CEO.

The new wide-gauge eight-car electric multiple units will be operated on the 25 kV Buenos Aires suburban network. This project is of strategic importance for Argentina and a long-awaited one by the passengers of the Roca, Sarmiento, and San Martin lines – some of the busiest in the country. The trains will be delivered over a four-year period starting 27 months after contract entry into force. 

TMH plans to localize 25% of the project, including the production of components, final assembly works, testing and commissioning of the trains in Argentina. For this purpose, the company will invest in an industrial facility and create up to 1,500 new jobs, direct and indirect, locally across the full value chain. 

“Argentina is a country of great opportunities and has an ambitious plan to modernize its railway system. TMH is willing to keep contributing to this process. We have a long-term commitment to the country and its people. With this EMU project, we’ll reinforce our local footprint, continue to transfer knowledge and technology, and further involve the Argentinean rail supply chain through strong alliances with local actors,” added Hans Schabert, president of TMH International. 

TMH has been present in Argentina since 2018, as a private industrial investor and technology partner for freight and passenger operators. The company employs 250 people across the country to maintain, repair, and modernize rolling stock, but also to offer spare parts and supply chain management services to customers.

The product concept for Argentina is based on TMH’s wide-gauge1 EMU platform Ivolga developed and manufactured by TMH in Tver, Russia. The EMU for Argentina is a 25kV stainless steel train with maximum speed of 120 km/h. It can transport up to 2,000 passengers in its 8-car configuration.