Africa Update

NEW EMD LOCOS FOR GABON

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT46AC locomotives are on order for the 1,435mm gauge Société d’Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag – the state railway of Gabon), which runs 670 km eastwards… Read More

CHINA TO REVAMP CONGO-OCEAN

On 21 December, minister of transport and civil aviation Rodolphe Adada in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) signed an agreement with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCCI) director general… Read More

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE IRON ORE

Core Mining, a regional West African iron ore developer which owns the Avima project in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sundance Resources… Read More

RUSTING TRAINS IN THE DRC

Candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elections have had wide scope for making promises, especially in the field of transport. In Kinshasa, one-time terminus of a busy line to the port of… Read More

NARROW-GAUGE CONGO GARRATTS

Notes from Peter Bagshawe: “Construction of the CF Vicinaux du Mayumbe commenced in 1898, believed to be at 615mm gauge, although also quoted at 610mm. “It initially purchased 0-4-0T locos, and around… Read More

DJIBOUTI-ADDIS ABABA TRACKLAYING

The final section of rail in the new 1,435mm gauge railway from Djibouti to Addis Ababa (752km) has been laid. A function to mark the occasion was attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn… Read More

MONEY FOR TAZARA SOUGHT FROM CHINA

The governments of Zambia and Tanzania are reportedly seeking loan funding of about $$US80 million from China with which to finance rehabilitation of the 1,860km Tazara railway that runs from the port… Read More

ETHIOPIA’S SEBETA-DJIBOUTI PROJECT 73% COMPLETE

The new 554km, double-track, standard gauge railway under construction from Sebeta in the north of Ethiopia to the port of Djibouti is 73% complete, according to the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC).… Read More

ADDIS-BEDELE PROJECT BEGINS

On 13 May, Ethiopian prime minister Haile Mariam Desalegn laid a foundation stone marking the start of construction on a new 491km railway to link Addis Ababa with Bedele in Oromoia state. Ultimately… Read More

ADDIS LIGHT RAIL HICCUPS

The new 39-station light rail network in Addis Ababa, budgeted at $US475 million, has run into several snags. One of these concerns the Awash International Bank, whose new 10-storey building in the… Read More

NEW METRO ROLLING STOCK FOR CAIRO

Rolling stock for the Cairo metro system is the responsibility of the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels. An application for a loan of €175 million - to augment the fleet -has been lodged… Read More

SUDAN RAILWAYS

A recent report at http://graphic.com.gh/features/features/44098-sudan-africa-s-emerging-trade-hub.htmlRead More

ALSTOM TRAM BUILDING PLANT IN ALGERIA

Created in 2011 to assemble and maintain Alstom Citadis trams for Algerian cities, CITAL is a joint venture comprising Alstom, Enterprise du metro d’Alger (EMA) and Ferrovial.  About 200… Read More

ALGERIAN ELECTIFICATION

Approximately 4,000km of lines owned by Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares (SNTF - the state railway of Algeria) have been electrified to date. It is intended to increase this… Read More

LIGHT RAIL IN TUNIS

Public transport in Tunisia is overseen by the ministry of transport. Railways are the responsibility of Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT), comprising both 1,435mm and 1,000mm gauge… Read More

US TRANSPORT SECRETARY TOURS TRANSNET ENGINEERING

  • Applauds GE and Transnet partnership and its role in localisation, skills and SME development
  • Credits the partnership for sustaining and creating jobs on both sides of the Atlantic
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EASTERN MINERAL AREA SHUTDOWN

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) embarked on a 10-day line-shutdown from 16 June in the main Mineral Mining & Chrome (MMC) area of operation. The affected region described in the official announcement… Read More

NEW PRASA LOCOS IN ACTION

On Friday 19 June, one of Prasa’s new Vossloh diesel locomotives ran a successful test trip from Krugersdorp to Boons (80km west of Johannesburg) and back. The same evening, it was used on a passenger… Read More

METRORAIL FARES

Announced increases in Metrorail fares, which come into effect on 1 July, are predictably proving unpopular. Press reports suggest a general perception that service shortcomings should have been put… Read More

REINTRODUCTION OF PASSENGER SERVICES: JHB-MAFIKENG AND MAFIKENG-KIMBERLEY

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has reintroduced passenger service on the routes Johannesburg-Mafikeng and Mafikeng-Kimberley. It has called for tenders “to project manage the… Read More

LEVEL CROSSING CONCERNS IN NIGERIA

The reappearance of trains on railways in Nigeria, following many years with none running at all, is catching people unawares at level crossings. Many near misses are being reported and there have… Read More

LAGOS RED LINE METRO

The metro system planned for Lagos comprises two  lines – the Blue Line running east-west from Okukumaiko to Marina, which is under construction, and the Red,… Read More

NRI TECHNICIANS: 295 GRADUATE

At a ceremony in Lagos during June, 295 trainee technicians graduated at the Nigerian Railway Institute. Representing Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade, the corporation’s… Read More

TRAINS & NEW NIGERIAN GOVT

Passengers interviewed on a Lagos-Ogun train by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) appealed to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise transformation in the country’s rail transport. The… Read More

NIGERIAN MONORAIL

Rolling stock has arrived in Nigeria’s Cross River state, Calabar, to be used on the new monorail system which is virtually complete. State governor Liyel Imoke said he expects the trains to be… Read More

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International Rail News

TRAM-TRAIN LINE FOR ISRAEL

A 50km, 17 station “tram-train” line is planned in Israel to link Haifa Lev-Ha-Migrate, Kiryat-Ata, Shefaram, and Nazareth. Daily ridership of 100,000 is foreseen…

PAKISTAN LAUNCHES TRAIN WITH WI-FI

Pakistan has launched an air-conditioned business class train offering facilities including Wi-Fi. Operating from Islamabad to Karachi (1,500km), the service offers three quality meals, tea, bottled…

ALSTOM METRO TRAINSETS IN AZERBAIJAN

Alstom's new 1,520mm gauge metro trainsets for the Baku metropolitan system have begun commercial operation. The three 5-coach sets, each carrying 1,047 passengers, have completed test running and…

NEW LINES TO LINK BAHRAIN WITH QATAR

It is hoped that two new lines planned to link Bahrain with Qatar will be completed in time for the Doha FIFA World Cup in 2022. Phase one is to be a 156km line with 58 culverts and 24 bridges, due…