AMLO ironized and boasted progress of more than 72% of “rusty” rails of the Mayan Train in the Mérida-Campeche section

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador boasted of the progress of the Mayan Train work and ironized with criticism of the “rusty” rails In the Mérida-Campeche section, which covers 143 kilometers, 103 have already been placed.

“You can already see the laying of ‘oxidized’ rails (sic Reform) on the Mayan Train. In the Mérida-Campeche section, which It comprises 143 km, 103 km have already been laid. On March 31, the entire road will be built. We are going back to receive our friend President Joe Biden at the AIFA”.

In a message in which he included an eight-minute video of a tour of the entire rail laying, López Obrador added that “the entire track will be built on March 31. We are going back to receive our friend President Joe Biden at the AIFA (Felipe Ángeles International Airport).

Ana Garcia Vilchisin charge of leading the section “Who’s who in the lies of the week?” During the morning conferences of the president Lopez Obradorwas forced to clarify a falsehood spread in a national circulation newspaper in relation to the quality of the material used in the mayan trainone of the megaprojects of the so-called Fourth Transformation (4T).

And it is that on January 1 the newspaper Reform published the note titled “Buy Fonatur rusty rails”in which it is argued that the Internal control organ (ICO) found that the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (phonatur) acquired rusty rails and smaller dimensions than those established in the Mayan Train project.

According to the medium the federal government acquired 60 thousand 628 tons of rail for Section 4where advanced oxidation and light detachments of metal were supposedly observed, for such a reason that the newspaper assumed that the acquisition of said material was made in this way and, therefore, the title of the journalistic piece indicates that the purchase was made made with material in this state.

In such a way that García Vilchis, during the morning of this Wednesday, January 4, assured that it is completely false and, to argue this assertion, explained the natural process of the steel used for rails subjected to the exterior and why that reddish color is acquired when said material is new; likewise, he maintained that this does not intervene in its quality.

“None of this, of course, is true. Steel left exposed to the elements of nature turns rusty as a natural chemical reaction. The rails are new, even though they look rusty reddish.”

Workers drive machinery during the construction of section 4 of the new Mayan Train route, near Uayma, Yucatan, Mexico, May 14, 2022. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Workers drive machinery during the construction of section 4 of the new Mayan Train route, near Uayma, Yucatan, Mexico, May 14, 2022. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Regarding the medium that disseminated the letter, he assured that “once again, it verifies that misinforms about government works of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)”. He also pointed out that this material was used by members of the political opposition, such as Senator Xochitl Galvez“who rushed in the New Year to be the first of the year and publish the blunder and launch lies through their social networks.”

For practical purposes, the rails should have a minimum mechanical requirement: tensile strength and yield strengththis so that the cars that roll on them do so uniformly and without presenting risk to passengers and/or operators, for which the government assured that none of these requirements are compromised with the rails, since it is something that happens with this input naturally when they are new.

Why are the Mayan Train tracks rust colored?

Any piece of steel that is not enameled and is exposed to the weather will rust. In fact, only rails that are new look reddish (evidence of rust), since the upper layer of it acquires that color naturally; however, the same chemistry involved in the oxidation process explains why old rails don’t look like this, as a black layer of rust forms on the rail over time.

Later, given the nature of the function of the rails, the vibration and friction produced by the passing of the railway cars cause the red layer to come off, leaving the hardest and thickest layer exposedcausing the rail to take on a dark steel image.

In fact, the oxidation of the new rails can be seen with the naked eye for any Internet user who visits the site in relation to this megaproject, since in the initial cover photo a rusty railway section can be seen. To make the consultation, it is only necessary to consult the following link: and the first image that appears the rails are rusty.

AMLO showed the design of a cable-stayed bridge in the Tulum-Cancun section

This Saturday López Obrador presented the cable-stayed bridge that will be placed on the Tulum-Cancún section of the Mayan Train to protect the environment and take care of the archaeological zones of the southeast of the country.

In a video message that he shared on his Twitter account, the federal president assured that the construction of his megaproject care for the environment with the protection of underground rivers, caves and cenotes in the area.

“The environment is being truly protected, not demagogic,” he reiterated in his publication, reporting that there have been people (the Calica company) who oppose the Mayan Train but have artificial underground rivers on their land or convert the area in a “material bank” to be taken to the United States.

“The Mayan Train is very different. It is communication, modern of course, but taking care of the environment, taking care of our natural wealth and taking care of archaeological sites, which is what is worth the most, what gives us our identity. Ancient archaeological sites, the cultural greatness of Mexico, ”he argued.

The Governor of Quintana Roo, Mara Lezama, accompanied President López Obrador on his supervision tour of said section of the Mayan Train where an ecological and cultural project will be carried out that the federal government seeks to carry out to continue with the works.

In her turn, the state president defended that with the construction of the Mayan Train Many archaeological vestiges have been discovered that can be recognized worldwide.

“The Mayan Train is the spearhead for the world to recognize these natural wonders that they left us. Those wonders that humans created, the ancestors. And we have to rediscover them and that the world knows them with this great project that is the Mayan Train for Quintana Roo and for the whole country”, he expressed.


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