PRASA’S GAUTENG PLANS

On 14 April, Gauteng transport MEC Ismail Vadi announced details he had received from the ...

RSR’S 15KM/H RESTRICTION AT BELLVILLE

An inspection of trackwork at Cape Town’s busy 11-platform Bellville junction has resulted in strict speed restrictions on two lines. The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has imposed limits of 15km/h on the tracks serving platforms 1 and 2. These apply in terms of an “Improvement Directive” stipulating work to be implemented to the RSR’s satisfaction. […]

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UPGRADING FOR NEW TRAINS CAUSES DELAYS

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) senior executive Mosenngwa Mofi has warned commuters that upgrading work necessary before the introduction of new rolling stock in the near future will cause unavoidable delays to Metrorail urban services in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban. This is particularly true of “critical” areas in the network. Unfortunately, while […]

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ACTION AGAINST OPEN DOOR RIDERS

In the wake of another commuter falling to his death from a Metrorail train in Cape Town, the operator has warned commuters against holding coach doors open, vandalising doors and, in particular, hanging outside open doors. Instructions have been issued to drivers that trains are not to start from stations while people are hanging outside […]

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ATLANTIC RAIL TESTS 16DA 879

To test recently overhauled 4-6-2 class 16DA 879, Atlantic Rail took the loco on a very successful run to Stellenbosch on Sunday 5 April 2014. By arrangement with Metrorail, 879 hauled an empty rake of commuter coaches from the Salt River electric depot. A week later, the 84-year-old Henschel-built loco was used on a charter […]

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UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY

www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Kloof-Inchanga steam-hauled passenger trains: Saturday 19 April: 15:00 Sunday 20 April: 08:30, 12:30 & 16:30 Sunday 27 April: 08:30, 12:30 & 16:30 Sunday 25 May: 08:30 & 12:30 : Sunday,29 June: 08:30 & 12:30

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GAUTRAIN’S MODDERFONTEIN STATION

The station Gautrain intends to build at Modderfontein looks set to be well used. In November 2013, African Explosives and Chemical Industries (AECI – owner of a vast tract of land in the area, about 7km from the O R Tambo International Airport) concluded a property sale to a Chinese syndicate for R1.06 billion. Development […]

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CHINA TO BUILD FOR $800M IN EGYPT

An 80km double-track electrified railway is to be built in Egypt to link El-Salam City with Bilbeis City and Sharqeya. It will connect with Cairo’s Metro Line 3 at the Salam station. The project was designed in China in terms of an $US800 million deal with the Egyptian ministry of transport.

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UHURU KENYATTA RIDES ISTANBUL UNDERGROUND

On 9 April, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta toured the Istanbul underground railway, travelling through the newly opened Marmaray tunnel beneath the Bosphorus Strait. He was taken to inspect the system’s control centres where he was shown how the various aspects of management are organised. He also visited an exhibition of artefacts from past millenniums found […]

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MOROCCAN HIGH-SPEED LINE

Good progress is reported with construction of Morocco’s Tanger-Kénitra (183km) high-speed line, scheduled to open by the end of 2015. Early in 2013, Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the national railway of Morocco) awarded a design-and-supply signalling and telecommunication contract to a consortium of Ansaldo STS and Cofely. Ansaldo STS is supplying […]

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TRANS-KALAHARI RLY TO COST N$100BN

In mid-March, a memorandum of understanding to begin planning the Trans-Kalahari railway across Botswana and Namibia was signed by officials of the two countries in Walvis Bay. The project is expected to cost upwards of N$100 billion Though details are still to be worked out, it is envisaged that each country will bear the cost […]

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