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Date: 09/19/19 12:58
VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, my friend Rony sent me today these pics and videos of VLI dual gauge train at Salto SP . Note that the two AC44i are broad gauge and the rest of the train is narrow gauge. The car between the AC44 and the U20C do the transition from the two gauge couplers.

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/19/19 12:59 by pedrop.



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Date: 09/19/19 17:11
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: sp8234

WOW from California.  There is something to model!
Thanks for posting

Tim
Hanesworth



Date: 09/19/19 17:55
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Another one...

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways

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Date: 09/20/19 10:52
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: DLM

Wow!!!  I never knew you could run both gauges at the same time in one train.  Very interesting.



Date: 09/20/19 12:30
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: retcsxcfm

DLM Wrote:
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> Wow!!!  I never knew you could run both gauges at
> the same time in one train.  Very interesting.

I agree.Must be something to see.

Uncle Joe
Seffner,Fl.



Date: 09/21/19 15:46
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: CM80-46

Would  you consider hosting a TO SA railfanning  10 day minimum symposium?   You do the talking and we do the watching! We compensate you!  You have some really super railroading down there.   Always look forward to your posts!



Date: 09/21/19 19:38
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Hi, that is a nice idea. I've guided railfans from US, Australia and Argentina in the last few years. Just tell me how many guys in the group and what you want to see and we can start to plan the symphosium.

1 -Costa Lacerda yard - Vale 

2 - Rocha Dias hill - MRS

3 - Divinopolis shops - fca / VLI

Pedro


CM80-46 Wrote:
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> Would  you consider hosting a TO SA railfanning
>  10 day minimum symposium?   You do the talking
> and we do the watching! We compensate you!  You
> have some really super railroading down there.  
> Always look forward to your posts!

Posted from Android

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 09/22/19 11:35 by pedrop.








Date: 09/22/19 11:49
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: LTCerny

D&RGW did this between Antonito and Alamosa, Colorado.



Date: 09/23/19 19:53
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: M640

Pedro is a great tour guide! Been there once, I need to get back.

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Date: 09/25/19 15:27
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: CPRR

Dual gauge works, narrow gauge works, so does broad gauge. Just wish there was more in the US, but taht standard gauge seemed to just take over......

Great shots



Date: 09/25/19 16:14
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: beefnlee

So forgive my ignorance. But what is there so much dual gauge in Brazil? wWhy not convert to one or the other only? 
thank you 



Date: 09/26/19 12:35
Re: VLI dual gauge train (Brazil)
Author: pedrop

Well,our railroads started as isolated companies that were built to export commodities like coffee from the interland to the sea. Most were built in narrow gauge and just a few in broad gauge. Where they connected through the big cities, like Belo Horizonte and São Paulo, a third rail was laid to promote dual gauge in the same area. So, these locations still have mixed gauge. Since these railroads hadn't a plan to creat a rail network to serve the country, they never invest money to promote a standardization of the track gauge in Brazil. But, in the 1980's, a federal law stablished that all new railroad in construction must be built in broad gauge to link the actual broad gauge system. So, that's why the the FNS, FIOL, FICO and EFC were or are been built in broad gauge.

beefnlee Wrote:
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> So forgive my ignorance. But what is there so much
> dual gauge in Brazil? wWhy not convert to one or
> the other only? 
> thank you 

Posted from Android

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/26/19 12:39 by pedrop.



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