TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

3RD ANNUAL AFRICAN RAILWAY SUMMIT

The third annual African Railway Summit takes place on 18-19 November 2014 at the Hotel Radisson Blu Gautrain, Johannesburg, South Africa. Topics to be discussed at the conference include the importance of effective and high-capacity public transport systems, developing strategies for expanding national, regional or local rail services and enhancing operations and management in Africa […]

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OREX LINE SHUTDOWN

From 12 August, Transnet Freight Rail’s heavy-haul iron ore export line from Sishen in the Northern Cape to Saldanha (861km) will be shut down for annual concentrated maintenance procedures. This year’s work, planned to continue until 21 August, is expected to cost R114 million. Activities will include: On the track Sleeper replacement Ballast screening Turnout […]

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STARS OF SANDSTONE

Sandstone Estates in the eastern OFS has scheduled another “Stars of Sandstone” event, to take place on 2-12 April 2015. A large and diverse collection of working heritage items from 610mm narrow gauge locomotives, steam traction engines, vintage agricultural machinery, old cars, buses, aircraft and a magnificent collection of military vehicles relevant to South Africa […]

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WAGON REPAIR FACILITY AT DE AAR

Transnet’s new R30 million wagon-repair facility at De Aar Is employing a staff of 47 initially, of whom 22 were recruited locally. It is estimated that about 300 direct and indirect jobs will be created through the facility eventually. With a production capacity of 250 wagons annually, it will function as a satellite workshop for […]

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TFR’S MARKET SHARE GROWING BY 20% PA

Responding to recent suggestions that increases in Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) market share was little evident outside the heavy-haul coal and ore lines, FTW quoted CEO Siyabonga Gama saying “Yes, we have increased our bulk volumes, but the general cargo is seeing higher volumes as well”. According to Gama, TFR’s market share is growing at […]

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METRORAIL AND JOB CREATION INITIATIVES

The Progressive Women’s Movement approached Metrorail in the recent past with a proposed project in terms of which “youth and women” could be employed on the cleaning of rail reserves. Metrorail’s Riana Scott was quoted by Eyewitness News saying “Recognising there’s a need for job creation, the idea was accepted in principle and we established […]

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DISCOVERY’S GAUTRAIN FARE DISCOUNT

Discovery Insure, recognising that Gautrain users are at considerably less risk than if they travelled by car, is offering a discounted train fare benefit to policyholders. To avail themselves of this, they need to link their Gautrain Gold Card to Vitalitydrive, the insurance group’s incentive programme.

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TRANSNAMIB ACID TRANSPORT

According to TransNamib Holdings’ Jason Shalongo, quoted after addressing a recent stakeholders meeting at Oshakati, the parastatal has committed investment in excess of N$500 million for rolling stock to be used in the bulk transport of sulphuric acid from Tsumeb to Rössing. Meanwhile, the Kranzberg-Tsumeb line is being upgraded to improve service levels and increase […]

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RAIL TRANSPORT OF OIL FROM LAGOS

Gridlock, says Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) director of operations Niyi Ali, characterises the Apapa area in Lagos together with Tin-Can Island, which between them “host the two largest seaports in the country”. A major contributory reason for the traffic problem has been that almost everything moves by road. Some oil marketing companies have transferred automotive […]

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TANZANIA SEEKS RAIL ADVISOR

On 26 August, transport ministry permanent secretary Shabaan Mwinjaka told delegates attending the fifth East and Central Africa Roads and Rail Infrastructure Summit in Dar es Salaam that the government had borrowed $US300 million from the World Bank for upgrading the Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, Tabora and Isaka lines of Tanzania Railways Limited (TRL). […]

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