TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

BILLIONS GETTING COMMUTERS ONTO RAIL

South African transport minister Dipuo Peters, speaking at a road safety seminar in Cape Town on 12 August, said rail has been “widely” identified as the safest transport mode. To address the unacceptable number of people dying on the country’s roads, and to combat congestion, government is to spend R51 billion on commuter railway infrastructure […]

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TRANSNET SECURES US LOAN GUARANTEE

Export credit agency US-Exim has agreed to a R6 billion funding guarantee, enabling Transnet to acquire 233 new diesel-electric locomotives from GE Transportation in America., Funding is to be in the form of 14-year repayment bank loans backed by the guarantee, to be expended over three years while the GE “Evolution series” locos are under […]

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GIBELA DETAILS LISTED IN PARLIAMENT

South African minister of transport Dipuo Peters has disclosed details of the Gibela Consortium, recently awarded a R51 billion rolling stock supply contract by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). Clarifying in reply to a question tabled in parliament, she said France’s loco and rolling stock manufacturer Alstom holds 61% of Gibela. The […]

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NATCOR SHUTDOWN DISMAYS CUSTOMERS

The recent annual shutdown of the Natcor (Durban-Johannesburg) main-line for concentrated maintenance took place from 15 to 24 July 2014. The annual shutdown is in addition to the scheduled double-line occupation carried out each month, but on certain sections of the line, thorough infrastructure work cannot be carried out without stopping the entire rail service. […]

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MAGALIESBURG EXPRESS

Reefsteamers of Germiston will be running their popular steam-hauled Magaliesburg Express on the Saturdays of 30 August, 1 November and 29 November, as well as Tuesday 16 December 2014. Departure is from platform 14 on Johannesburg’s Park Station at 09:00, returning at about 17:30. The journey takes about 2½ hours each way. On arrival at […]

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NO COMMENT ON UK FRAUD CHARGE

Journalists were unable to obtain comment from South Africa’s National Treasury on the R51 billion contract awarded by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to a consortium led by France’s Alstom, with specific reference to the company’s United Kingdom subsidiary being charged with fraud. Prasa’s Moffet Mofokeng was quoted saying: “Prasa has run a […]

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INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS AND GAUTRAIN TUNNELS

Replying to a question raised in parliament by Democratic Alliance MP M de Freitas, minister of transport Dipuo Peters disclosed that an “international team of experts” is looking at the Gautrain tunnel water seepage problem. The extent of this exceeds the amount permitted in terms of the design specification. An arbitration tribunal ruling last year […]

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BENGUELA RAILWAY CELEBRATION

Rehabilitation of the 1,344km Caminhos de ferro de Benguela (CFB) began in 2007. Train services ceased during the lengthy Angolan civil war, in the course of which the line was virtually totally destroyed. A celebration was held on 13 August 2014 to mark completion of the rebuilt line from Benguela and the port at Lobito […]

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EGYPT: KUWAITI LOAN APPROVED

The Egyptian government has approved an agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development in terms of which a loan of 30 million dinars is to be provided to finance the provision of train control equipment and signalling in Banha, Zaqaziq, Isamailia and Port Said. According to the Egypt State Information Service in Cairo, […]

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NAMIBIA WRITES OFF CHINESE LOCOS

Ten years ago, TransNamib, the national railway of Namibia, bought four main-line diesel-electric locomotives from the Ziyang Locomotive Works, China North Railways (CNR) China at a cost of N$42 million. There was considerable controversy over the purchase, with allegations of “kickbacks” and “gifts” that reportedly arrived with the engines, but these were never proved. The […]

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