TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

TRANSNET MAINTENANCE BACKLOG

The tabling of pertinent enquiries by the parliamentary opposition is one of the important functions in a democratic society. South African public enterprises minister Lynne Brown, replying to a question early in October, surprised everyone by revealing that Transnet has a current infrastructure maintenance backlog of R30-billion. Most of this, she explained, is in signalling […]

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CT METRORAIL CRIME – 2,115 ARRESTS

Briefing the media at Cape Town Station, Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker revealed that 2,115 people had been arrested by the police and Metrorail Protection Services in a six-month crackdown on railway-related crime. Much of this comprised the theft and damage of signal and other cable, lineside equipment such as points motors, signal heads and […]

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METRORAIL TICKET FAKERS ARRESTED

A Metrorail ticket examiner was one of three people arrested early in October on charges of fabricating fake train tickets. Another was an “IT specialist” said to have been on the wanted list for similar cases for some years. Reportedly he was taken into custody at a weekend wedding. The three were expected to appear […]

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PRASA PROFIT R336 MILLION

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) reported a profit of R336 million in the financial year ending 2013/14 – an increase said to be equivalent to 315% over the corresponding period in the previous year. Total revenue of the group increased by 21% to R10.2 billion. At Prasa’s annual general meeting in Pretoria, […]

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UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY

www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Scheduled steam-hauled passenger trains: Sunday 26 October 2014: Kloof – Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Sunday 30 November 2014: Kloof – Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Saturday, 20 December 2014: Santa Special Kloof – Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30; Carols by Candlelight 17:00 Sunday 21 December 2014: Santa Specials: Kloof – Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Saturday, 27 […]

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REEFSTEAMERS’ A3 2015 CALENDAR

Reefsteamers have produced an attractive all-steam calendar for 2015. Twelve impressive glossy photos spell out the months in A3 format with spiral wire binding. The price is R150 but until the postal strike is called off, there’s no practical way of getting what one orders. Unless you can afford a courier. www.reefsteamers.com

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GAUTRAIN COVERING COSTS

Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe told Moneyweb’s Antoinette Slabbert that revenue on the system is currently enough to cover operational costs, including maintenance and replacement. The provincial government is “topping it up” by R800-R900 million annually in terms of the ridership guarantee but van der Merwe expects this figure will decrease every […]

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TUG-OF-WAR, CHESS & MORE AT THE SARSCO GAMES

General manager in Transnet Freight Rail’s chief executive’s office Cleopatra Shiceka has announced that the Southern African Railway Association (Sarsco) Games, inactive for some years, have been revived. The Games she explains “give an opportunity to employees of the railways/countries in the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region to compete against each other in various […]

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ALSTOM IN AFRICA

The volume of Alstom’s business with the Middle East and Africa has been growing steadily. Revenue here now makes up about a fifth of the group’s global income. Customers for the newly-built plant in Nigeria are said to represent 12 countries in Africa and orders for rolling stock and signalling have been received from Algeria, […]

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SIGNALLING CONTRACT IN ETHIOPIA

Bombardier Transportation is to provide signalling for Ethiopia’s new 400km Awash-Weldiya line. Turkish construction company Yapi Merkezi, which is undertaking the design and construction of the project, awarded the contract, worth approximately $US45 million. Bombardier is to install its Interflo 250 system, based on the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). Bombardier’s advanced rail control […]

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