TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

RAILWAY CALENDAR 2015

Leading railway photographers have contributed to the latest South African railway calendar, which features steam and diesel motive power as well as modern electrics. The 610mm gauge at Sandstone in the eastern Free State is a bonus. Cross-border trains with National Railways of Zimbabwe stock and SA motive power are included. Posted in South Africa, […]

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AFRICA ON TRACK 2014

This summit, a Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Initiative on 13 November at the Johannesburg Country Club (1 Napier Rd, Auckland Park), aims to explore the future of railways in Africa. Current rail-related developments along Africa’s transport corridors represent one of the greatest investment regions in our railway history. The upgrade, expansion and […]

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TRANSNET FREIGHT RAIL RECORDS

As at 25 September 2014, daily tonnage conveyed at 807,082 was the highest recorded for any one day by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) to date this year. Two month-records have been achieved thus far in 2014 – 19,271 million tons in April and 20,042mt in September. A new quarterly record of 57,114 million tons was […]

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PRASA’S NEW TRAINS

Details of the new trains on order for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) continue to impress journalists and the public generally. Features listed by Prasa include: “Energy-absorbing” bodywork to minimise damage and passenger injury in the event of an accident “Black box” event recording Electronic interior visual display and audio providing “real-time” […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUTER STATIONS

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it has identified 135 stations nationally for upgrading. Those currently equipped with turnstiles are to be refitted with “speedgates”. Electronic information displays will be provided at stations where this facility is not currently installed. Other “enhanced” station amenities envisaged have not been set out in detail, […]

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GOVT TO TACKLE COPPER THEFT SERIOUSLY

The value of copper cable theft in South Africa is difficult to quantify, but official estimates mention figures as high as R16 billion. This figure applies across the spectrum, ie it includes entities other than those that are rail-related, but the railways are heavily affected. The problem is by no means confined to South Africa, […]

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SOUTH AFRICAN TRAIN TOURS

The enterprising JB Tours company, which organises travels by rail using scheduled services or chartered trains, is clearly busier than ever, demonstrating the continuing popularity of travelling by train. An impressive list of choices covers the three months October-December 2014. Among typical examples: Return Premier Classe semi-luxury train trip from Johannesburg to Durban, Friday evening […]

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MAPUTO CORRIDOR OPERATING CENTRE

Export traffic carried by rail through the port of Maputo increased from 2.6 million tonnes per annum (mpta) to 4.5 mpta over the past year. Previously ten trains per week carried magnetite (iron oxide) to the port. This figure has risen to 18. It is hoped that this substantially improved performance will reduce the proportion […]

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WINDHOEK COMMUTER STUDY

In response to the invitation to tender for studies into a proposed commuter rail service in Windhoek, 13 concerns have indicated interest. The project aims to reduce crippling road traffic congestion in the Namibian capital and hopes to lessen the cost of commuting by public transport. Steady increases in the fares charged by minibus-taxis have […]

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ABUJA LIGHT RAIL

On 24 September, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) which has undertaken to complete the light rail system in the Nigerian capital Abuja by October 2015 at a contract price of $US792 million. The company is responsible for the construction of the track, stations, signalling equipment, […]

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