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Chile's state railroad company EFE debuted new trains Friday (August 1) on an exhibition run between capital Santiago and San Francsico de Mostazal. They will officially enter service between Santiago and Region IX capital Temuco in December, the company announced.
The trains were purchased from Spain's national railroad operator Renfe and represent a US$24.7mn investment, including maritime transport and insurance. Built by a consortium led by Spanish railroad firm CAF, the 31 units include four electric locomotives and three dining cars, as well as spare parts and material.
The purchase is part of EFE's US$694mn investment plan to be carried out over the 2003-2005 period.