TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) aims to replace all locomotives aged 30 years or more within ...

CHRISTMAS COMETH

17 December 2014. By Thursday next week, it will be Christmas and depending on how one looks at it, some good things will be coming to an end. Regrettably, it means those listed to receive the Railways Africa e-mail News Xpress summary will have to do without their free weekly “fix” until early January. These […]

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TRANSNET BOARD CHANGES

On 11 December, the South African cabinet announced significant changes in membership of the Transnet Board, now chaired by Linda Carol Mabaso. New incumbents are Stanley Shane, Mogokare Seleke, Dr Gideon Mahlalela, Potso Mathekga, Zainul Nagdee, Vusi Nkonyane, Peter Williams and Brett Stagman. Yasmin Forbes and Nazmeera Moola were reappointed, but Ellen Tshabalala has been […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN TRACK MANAGEMENT

The significance of track maintenance when addressing the serious problem of derailments was highlighted at the third annual African Railway Summit held in Johannesburg in mid-November. A third of all trains derailing in South Africa, delegates heard, is attributable to track conditions. Problem areas include deficiencies in geometry, water ingress, and breaks that occur in […]

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RED DEVIL TO SALT RIVER

According to an unconfirmed report, it is the intention to relocate the historic 4-8-4 class 26 locomotive known as the “Red Devil” from Cape Town station to a plinth at the workshops complex at Salt River. The move has been strongly criticised with emphasis on the security aspect, it being pointed out that numerous scrapyards […]

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TRANSNET AUCTIONS

Peter Bagshawe reports: Sale 108 (2014 09 29) was called at short notice, only five days after the previous auction (Sale 107, 2014 09 18). It advertised both locos and wagons (1,500), but in fact no locos were included and the wagons turned up a bit short at 848 (of which 288 were unsold lots […]

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UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY:

www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Scheduled steam-hauled passenger trains: Saturday, 20 December 2014: Santa Special Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30; Carols by Candlelight 17:00 Sunday 21 December 2014: Santa Specials: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Saturday, 27 December 2014: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 17:00 Sunday, 28 December 2014: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Sunday, 4 January 2015: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30. Sunday, 25 […]

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NO BAIL FOR GAUTRAIN FRAUDSTER

Obakeng Israel Busang (30) was denied bail when he appeared in Johannesburg’s specialised commercial crimes court on 12 December, charged with theft, corruption, fraud and money laundering (among others). He is to remain in custody until his trial begins on 19 February. Busang was an IT technician at the Gautrain Management Agency – where he […]

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S A-BUILT COACHES FOR ANGOLA

Dominex – a manufacturing and exporting company based in Johannesburg South Africa – recently delivered 10 refurbished passenger coaches and a power car to Angola’s Caminhos de ferro de Benguela (CFB). This 1,344km railway, reopened not long ago after complete rebuilding by a Chinese company, runs from Lobito on the Atlantic to Luau near the […]

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STD GAUGE PROJECT NOT YET BEGUN

According to The Star, published in Nairobi, construction of the ambitious Sh327 billion [Kenya standard gauge railway] project, funded 90% by China’s Exim Bank, is yet to start “following fresh questions on irregular contracting.” Further detail is not provided. Journalist Constant Munda quotes Kenya Treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich forecasting that the line will “indirectly […]

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FIVE MILLION USED NIGERIAN RAILWAY

According to Nigerian minister of transport Idris Umar, an estimated five million commuters across the country made use of the railway in the past 12 months. The number of passengers conveyed grew from 4,155,988 in 2012 to 4,328,789 in 2013. He expects the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) will complete the new 187,5km standard […]

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