TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

FATAL WASHINGTON DC METRO FIRE

At 15:18 on Monday 12 January 2015, a well-filled six-coach train on the Washington DC metro system’s “yellow line” came to a standstill in a tunnel beneath the city, not far – ironically – from the headquarters of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Reportedly the lights went out. Then came smoke – lots of […]

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KISS FOR A LADY FROM SPAIN

On 17 January, in the harbour at Cape Town, four more diesel locomotives for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) were craned off the ship which brought them from Spain. Very dramatically, transport minister Dipuo Peters walked across to unit 4002 and planted a kiss. She was accompanied by Dr Popo Molefe, who […]

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MINISTER EMPHASISES SKILLS SHORTAGE

Speaking at the arrival of Prasa’s newest locomotives from Spain, South African transport minister Dipuo Peters said the skills shortage is a huge problem in the country. Estimates, she explained, put the need for engineers to be trained over the coming ten years at 19,000. There is a worrying shortfall in civil and electrical engineers. […]

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LOCO FROM SPAIN HEADS STELLENBOSCH SPECIAL

South Africa’s minister of transport Dipuo Peters went for a train ride on Monday 12 January. The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) deployed its shiny new Spanish diesel locomotive 4001 on a Premier Classe special from Cape Town to Stellenbosch. The minister was accompanied by members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on transport, Prasa […]

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NO COMPENSATION FOR METRORAIL DELAYS

Western Cape Cosatu leader Tony Ehrenreich says Metrorail should compensate commuters stranded by late trains. Delays running into hours have affected all local lines many times in recent months. The airways compensates travellers inconvenienced by delays, so why not Metrorail, he asks, indicating Cosatu’s intention to raise the matter with the Equality Court. Passenger Rail […]

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GRAHAMSTOWN STATION

Recently 3,300 people signed a petition asking for attention to the dilapidated historic station at Grahamstown, a declared national heritage site where passenger service is no longer available. Transnet, which owns the property, declines to spend money on it unless an alternative economic use can be found. In the absence of permanent occupation, it points […]

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UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY

www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Steam-hauled excursion passenger trains: Sunday, 25 January 2015: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30. Sunday, 22 February 2015: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30. Sunday, 29 March 2015: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30.

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THAT WATER IN THE GAUTRAIN TUNNELS

It was expected from the outset that water would find its way into the Gautrain tunnels. To allow for this, generous drainage was provided, beside and beneath the tracks. Water that collects in the drains runs into sumps from where it is pumped to the surface. However, to the meticulous author of the applicable part […]

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SIGNALS CONTRACT IN EGYPT

Existing electric & mechanical signalling along the Asyut-Beni Suef line in Egypt (240km) is to be replaced by Alstom with electronic interlocking. The contract awarded by Egyptian National Railways (ENR), worth about €100 million, includes the provision of power supply, telecommunications, trackside equipment and maintenance for five years. Installation is expected to be complete by […]

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MOROCCO TGV MAINTENANCE DEAL

Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the national railway of Morocco) is to set up a joint company in partnership with Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF – the French national railway) The new entity, owned 60% by ONCF, will be responsible for maintaining the TGV Duplex trainsets being supplied by […]

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