TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

‘Africa on Track 2014′

When: 13th November 2014 Where: Johannesburg Country Club, 1 Napier Rd, Auckland Park. This Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Initiative explores the future of the African railroads. The developments in rail along the Africa transport corridors make the African continent one of the greatest investment regions in our railroad history. The upgrade, expansion and […]

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TRANSNET BUYS USED QR LOCOS

Acknowledging a shortage of motive power, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has bought 34 diesel-electric locomotives second-hand from Queensland Rail (QR) in Australia. They are to be used as a stop-gap until new units on order arrive. The QR locos are likely to be sold at that stage to rail operators in other countries on the […]

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PRASA’S NEW TRAINS

According to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana, the new commuter trains will have 15% greater passenger capacity than existing rolling stock. Automatic equipment will apply the brakes if a driver exceeds the allowable speed. Quoted in Kwela Express, he said it will no longer be possible for passengers to stand […]

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BIG TFR AUCTION

Peter Bagshawe reports – The latest TFR Auction took place on Thursday 18 September 2014. According to the website, 2,000 wagons and 30 locomotives were to feature in the auction but, in the end, only 1,136 wagons and 14 locomotives (including one steam) were on offer. All the locomotives were sold; details are as follows: […]

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TRAMS MAY RETURN TO PRETORIA

Pretoria’s last tram ran in 1939, the year when electric trolleybuses took over. They lasted until 1972 but since then diesel buses only have provided the city’s formal public transport. Trams may make a comeback, says Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, who explained in April that the council is “exploring an investment in the light rail […]

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PRASA SEEKS PROPERTY PARTNER

The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is looking for a “strategic equity” partner in promoting development of its substantial property portfolio, which is worth about R2.5 billion. Very basically, the idea is to use property-generated income to help offset train operating expenses, and thereby lower the cost to the commuter. Prasa has sought partnership […]

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TFR MARKET SHARE CLARIFIED

An FTW reader has written to clarify a recent announcement by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama who was quoted saying that the rail freight market share is growing by 20% annually. It is pointed out that Gama was referring to TFR’s containers and automotive business unit and not to its general freight business. […]

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GAUTRAIN REALITIES

The Johannesburg Times-Live site carries a letter from Rob Handfield commenting that Gautrain’s daily ridership was predicted to be 100,000 at the original launching, growing to 150,000 by the end of 2010 “and thereafter at about 5% – 10% per annum”. These figures, he explains, appeared on the official website. In contrast, he points out, […]

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RVR COMMISSIONS GE LOCOS

Speaking at the commissioning of three newly arrived Rift Valley Railways (RVR) locomotives from General Electric (GE) in the USA, cabinet secretary for transport Michael Kamau reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting RVR’s investment and growth goals, and in “providing an environment that will allow railway operations to thrive”. The government, he continued, is encouraged […]

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CHINA TO BUILD RAILWAYS IN MALI

Reuters reports that Mali has signed accords with China worth some $US11 billion, most of which is connected with rail projects. No detail has been divulged, other than indicating that major new connections with “the coast” are envisaged and that the agreement includes the provision of loans. Aid to Mali from the International Monetary Fund […]

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