Electric railways

Here we post relevant content related to high speed rail, metro, tramway, monorail and mainline, powered with electricity aiming to share their importance within electric mobility giving cleaner skies and healthier air to countries and cities that are integrating any of these components, when planning urban and regional projects for their transportation infrastructure.

Tren maya

Mayan train will be connecting Palenque, Chichen-Itza and Tulum amoung other strategic points in southern Mexico.
Mayan train will be connecting Palenque, Chichen-Itza and Tulum among other strategic points in southern Mexico.

Electric Mobility in Mexico is growing with a new sustainable project called “Tren Maya” connecting strategic points in 5 southern states of Mexico: Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

The consortium formed by Bombardier, Gami, Alstom and Construcciones Urales has won the international public tender for the acquisition of 42 trains, which will be produced and assembled mostly within the national territory. According to the official page of the technical project of the Mayan Train.

Alstom’s Model X’Trapolis, standard speed of 120km/h and top speed of 160km/h, for up to 300 passengers per wagon, about 4 to 7 carts per convoy.

Invepar intelligent mobility

Emobility in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

MetrôRio transports 252 million passengers per year, making Grupo Invepar the number one transporter of passengers by Metro concessions in Brazil. The company also manages Metrobarra S.A., who provides  operation, rolling stock maintenance and operational systems services for Line 4 and composes the VLT Carioca Consortium along with CCR, Odebrecht Transport and Riopar, and composed by the french RATP and the argentinian BRT – Benito Roggio Transporte – A light rail vehicles system (LRVs), that connects the Rio de Janeiro’s Portuary Zone with city’s finance centre and to Santos Dumont Airport.

APS, Catenary-free-Tramway, Rio de Janeiro
APS, Catenary-free-Tram Way, Rio de Janeiro


Alstom’s centre of excellence is located in Lecco with more than a century of experience in designing, manufacturing power transmission components for railway infrastructure, power plants and more, best known as Cariboni feeding systems. Among their range of products we can find crucial infrastructure components such as the third rail for metros, the APS ground-level power supply solution for tramways and a variety of catenary components made for tramways and railways including tensioning devices and cantilevers.   

We would like to showcase the APS ground-level power supply system, a crucial infrastructure component as one of Lecco´s range of products. Lecco became a site of Alstom in 2008. Now if your goal is to reduce footprints of light rail lines, APS may be your best choice, it will also help to preserve the aesthetics of urban environments because it is catenary-free-tramway.

There are two versions of APS, climate will indicate which one suits best: first one is tropicalized version for extreme climate conditions, ambient temperatures of up to 55 °C, second one will be the standard version which is great for temperate atmospheres.


A Chinese supplier of rail transit equipment with very complete product lines and leading technologies, their main business covers the R&D, design, manufacture, repair, sale, lease and technical services for rolling stock, urban rail transit vehicles, engineering machinery, all types of electric equipment, electronic equipment and parts, electric products and environmental protection equipment, as well as consulting services, industrial investment and management, asset management, and import and export.  

CRRC’s R&D investment was EUR 1.408 billion, ranking at 96 among the world’s top 2,500 R&D investors.

We can find among their products

  • Electric Locomotives
  • High-speed Trains
  • EMUs
  • Metro Cars
  • LRVs

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