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End of the line for historic Buenos Aires trains
The La Brugeoise cars of Line A, the first working subway system in the southern hemisphere, are to be replaced by modern carriages
Buenos Aires is putting the brakes on one of its most historic pieces of public transport -- the wooden "La Brugeoise" cars of the city subway system's Line A.
Opened on December 1, 1913, Buenos Airies Metro's Line A was the first subway line to operate in the southern hemisphere, featuring trains made by Belgian company La Brugeoise et Nicaise et Delcuve between 1912 and 1919.
Today, the trains are among the world's oldest still in regular commercial service.
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But according to various media reports out of Argentina, the graffiti-covered cars will soon be replaced by modern trains as part of a long-planned overhaul.
The Buenos Aires Herald reports that city mayor Mauricio Macri confirmed Line A will close in mid-January for the planned reconstruction, which could take as long as 60 days.
The fate of the La Brugeoise trains remains uncertain, though city officials say they'll likely be put in a museum.
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