Grupo RAS orders Wabtec locos for Uruguay

C23EMP locomotivesUruguay-based integrated logistics company Grupo RAS ordered from Wabtec three C23EMP locomotives which marks a crucial step for Grupo RAS as it enters the Uruguayan railway market.

“This deal with Wabtec is a cornerstone for Grupo RAS. It allows us to integrate rail transport into our portfolio for the first time, offering unmatched efficiency and competitiveness to our clients. Not only will this boost Uruguay’s position as a gateway for Mercosur markets, but it will also significantly improve connectivity within the region, facilitating faster and more cost-effective export and import operations,” Ruben Azar Scarone, President and Founder of Grupo RAS said.

The locomotives are expected to deliver by late 2025, marking the commencement of Grupo RAS’s rail operations in Uruguay.

The C23EMP locomotives are designed for reliable light-axle-load operations on narrow-gauge tracks. The locomotives are equipped with fuel-efficient, electronically-fuel-injected 12-cylinder FDL engines. Wabtec will manufacture the locomotives at its plant in Contagem, Brazil.

“These locomotives will provide Grupo RAS the performance and reliability needed to be successful. This order also allows us to expand our presence in Uruguay, where we have a longstanding history, and further solidify our commitment to the Latin American market,” said Danilo Miyasato, President and Regional Leader of Wabtec for Latin America.

The investment aligns perfectly with Grupo RAS’s vision to become a key operator within Uruguay’s revitalized national railway network. The company will operate three subsidiaries, focusing solely on rail transport along the crucial Route 5 and other national routes. This expansion strengthens Grupo RAS’s position as a comprehensive logistics solutions provider and enhances its strategic location at the Port of Montevideo and its nearby industrial park, offering customers seamless railway access.

Route 5 is an important rail and highway connection in Uruguay that provide access to the Port of Montevideo.

Grupo RAS has an experience of 30 years in planning and managing logistics services across 11 countries and operates in three specialised divisions including Transportation Modalities, Infrastructure, and General Logistics Services.


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