TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

DISASTROUS CROSSING ACCIDENT IN LA

This week, we highlight another bizarre but instructive accident in America. On 24 February, before dawn, a truck and trailer were mistakenly driven off the roadway onto the railway at a crossing in Oxnard, about 120km north-west of Los Angeles Union station. The driver abandoned the vehicle when it stuck fast on the line and […]

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CANADIAN LOAN FOR TRANSNET

On 2 March 2015, Export Development Canada (EDC), the country’s trade finance agency, announced up to $US450 million in financing for Transnet. The loan will partially finance a $1.2 billion contract recently awarded by Transnet to Bombardier Transportation South Africa (Pty) Limited (BTSA), for the supply of 240 TRAXX dual voltage electric locomotives. According to […]

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TRANSNET LOCO ACQUISITION

In March 2014 Transnet announced the awarding of a R50 billion contract for the supply of 1,064 new diesel and electric locomotives. This is a major portion of the locomotive acquisition programme being undertaken as part of Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy. It is the biggest rail recapitalisation programme in South Africa’s history. The award, to […]

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FUNDING TRANSNET’S MARKET DEMAND STRATEGY

Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS) will see investment in excess of R300bn in capital expenditure over a seven-year period. Two thirds of this will be funded out of revenue generated from operations while a third will be borrowed from both the domestic and international capital markets. The capital expenditure will not be funded from the […]

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PHELOPHEPA AT PORT SHEPSTONE

News supplied by Ashley Peter and Peter Bagshawe: This year’s programme for one of Transnet’s two Phelophepa Health trains will take it from Port Shepstone, where it arrived late in February, to Ulundi on Friday 6 March. On 20 March it will move to Phoenix, just north of Durban, where it will stay for three […]

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METRORAIL ACCORDING TO GROUNDUP

From www.groundup.org.za/ , 20 February 2015: “The Metrorail website claims it carries up to two million passengers per day countrywide. Finding a reliable estimate of how many people commute daily using trains in the Western Cape is challenging. Estimates range from 300,000 to over 700,000. Whatever the number, a lot of people, mostly working class, […]

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WHERE THE LIFTS STILL DON’T LIFT

When the Conradie hospital in Cape Town’s Pinelands, specialising in care for the disabled, was closed some ten years ago, the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre was re-established at Lentegeur, near Mitchells Plain. It was announced that nearby Mandalay and Lentegeur stations would be extensively remodelled, to cater for disabled train passengers. Indeed, electric lifts were […]

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MULTIBILLION CLAIM AGAINST GAUTRAIN

Murray and Roberts (M&R), a member of the Bombela consortium which built and operates the Gautrain railway, lodged a hefty claim in respect of delays and disruptions that occurred in the construction phase. The matter, which concerns the Gauteng provincial government, is reportedly to be heard during March. As M&R group chief executive Henry Laas […]

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ETHIOPIA BECOMES AN AFRICAN RAIL LEADER

According to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam, Ethiopia has become one of the leading countries in Africa in railway transport. He was speaking at a 25 February function in Kombolcha, marking the commencement of construction on the new 375km Awash-Kombolcha-Woldia-Hara Gebeya line. The builders are Yapi Merkezi, a company based in Turkey, who expect to complete […]

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EAST AFRICA’S NEW RAILWAY

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, “People in East Africa are awaiting the Chinese-built standard gauge railway that will run from Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa to Rwanda’s capital Kigali through Uganda – the latest in a spate of efforts to facilitate transportation and boost trade in the eastern Africa region.” The line – […]

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