TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

TRANSPORT IS GAUTENG’S TOP PRIORITY

Gauteng MEC for economic development, environment, agriculture and rural development Lebogang Maile told the Gauteng Industrial Forum on 22 January that transport in the province is not being developed sufficiently quickly to meet the needs of urbanisation at its present rate of growth. Thus modernising public transport infrastructure is a high priority in keeping pace […]

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ELECTRIC TRAIN RUNNING ON EMPTY

A recent letter in the Johannesburg Sunday Times was about a Cape Town-bound Premier Classe intercity express stranded at De Aar in the small hours. It had run out of diesel; staff in Johannesburg hadn’t filled the tanks. Ironically, though the train runs on electricity, without oil for the generators, the air-conditioning doesn’t work – […]

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EASTERN CAPE COAL ON HOLD

The project in terms of which coal mined in the Eastern Cape was to be exported through East London will not be going ahead anytime soon. It has been confirmed by Transnet that progress has been put on hold, owing to financial difficulties at Elitheni Coal.

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EVERY CONCEIVABLE CONDUIT

Elquip Solutions imports a range of conduits into South Africa from specialist UK manufacturer Flexicon, specifically designed to meet rail industry requirements. Both metallic and non-metallic conduits are produced, together with related items, “to suit every conceivable application.” Elquip internal sales manager Marius Scheepers foresees considerable scope for conduit products within the area of rail […]

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TOURISTS – DO WE WANT THEM?

Railways Africa ran the following in July 2006: “Quoted by Media24, public enterprises minister Alec Erwin says a R185 million tourism enterprise programme is under way for the financial years 2006/07 – 2008/09. The South African Tourism 2006/07 budget has been increased to R425 million. “The announcements coincided with Spoornet (which resorts under the same […]

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ESHAMOYA EXPRESS ON VALENTINES DAY

Patons Country Railway in association with Umgano Eco Adventures is running a camping and rafting excursion over the Valentine’s Day weekend. The event begins at Creighton station at 14:30 on 14 February, and ends on 15 February at 11:00. Train fare including braai and bacon-and-egg rolls is R300. “Camp under the stars or in the […]

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EXPANDING THE GAUTRAIN SYSTEM

Gauteng MEC for economic development, environment, agriculture and rural development Lebogang Maile, addressing the Gauteng Industrial Forum on 22 January, confirmed that the province plans to expand the Gautrain system by the addition of 200km of new routing, to form part of an integrated and cost-effective overall provincial rail network. Transport modernisation in Gauteng, he […]

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NAMIBIAN MOTIVE POWER

Conflicting reports have appeared concerning the five locomotives recently supplied to TransNamib by Transnet Engineering (TE), some suggesting that the units are new. The actual situation is as follows: Three of the locos are General Electric type U20C. They have been rehabilitated by TE, being class 33 diesel-electrics originally placed in service in South Africa […]

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PRIVATE SECTOR INVOLVEMENT IN NIGERIA

On 20 January, during a two- day conference on rail transport in Abuja, Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade called for active participation by the private sector. Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on land transport Musa Sarkin Adar seemed unconvinced. Represented by his deputy Sokonte Davies, he was quoted observing: “Though […]

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‘ILLEGAL” TANZAM STRIKE SUSPENDED

Tanzania Railway Workers Union (Trawu) chair Theresia Mahagatila emphasises that the recent strike by employees of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) is not over but suspended, depending on whether promises made are honoured. The High Court in Dar es Salaam declared the strike illegal and ordered participants to return to work. After downing tools for […]

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