TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

GALA DAY AT KOEDOESPOORT

Transnet Freight Rail’s class 20E dual-voltage electric locomotives were the stars of the show on 19 March, when President Zuma paid an official visit to Koedoespoort. The occasion marked the completion of an order for 95 new units – 85 of them assembled at the Transnet Engineering (TE) plant within 12 months. Following a competitive […]

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CLASS 20E LOCOS SHIFT MANGANESE

Transnet Freight Rail’s new class 20E electric locomotives are being deployed on heavy manganese trains from Sishen to Port Elizabeth. The dual-voltage capability has speeded up overall journey times by eliminating the need to change locos at Ronalds Vlei (Kimberley). Cycle times between the mines and Port Elizabeth harbour have been cut from 86 hours […]

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TRANSNET’S “TAKE OR PAY” HITS ESKOM

In essence, Transnet instituted its eminently practical “take or pay” coal traffic scheme to ensure that costly infrastructure is not underutilised and that the heavy cost of investment is recovered from revenue. Most producers have signed up, the parastatal reports, and the principle appears to be working well. Whether everyone in the coal business is […]

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SANDSTONE PREPARATIONS

Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State is busily preparing for its coming festival in April. On the extensive 610mm gauge railway, concentrated permanent way maintenance has been in full swing since mid-January. It has been a demanding task, realigning and lifting various sections of track that have suffered from water run-off and movement due […]

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STARS OF SANDSTONE STEAM HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The annual Stars of Sandstone Steam Heritage Festival takes place from 2-12 April 2015. Steam enthusiasts from across the globe are coming together again at Sandstone Estates near Ficksburg in South Africa’s Eastern Free State (bordering Lesotho) to celebrate the myriad steam-driven vehicles and machines that have been restored to pristine condition by Wilfred Mole […]

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TFR AUCTION 112

Transnet Freight Rail auction 112 took place on 18 March. Peter Bagshawe reports: Altogether the sale included 20 locomotives, four coaches/cabooses, and 53 wagons. All were sold at prices ranging from R766/t (one wagon at Phalaborwa) to R2,839/t (two locos, class 34 and 36 at Koedoespoort), an average of R1,738/t. The seven 8Es at Umbilo […]

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JAZZ FESTIVAL SPECIAL

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is running a 16-coach special to Cape Town for the jazz festival, leaving Johannesburg at 08:00 on 26 March. Arrival in Cape Town is scheduled at 11:15 on 27 March. The return journey starts at 05:00 on Sunday 29 March, arriving back in Johannesburg at 07:20 on […]

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GAUTRAIN: TRIPADVISOR REPORT

Reviewed 18 March 2015 http://www.tripadvisor.co.za/ShowUserReviews-g312578-d2178395-r260667874-Gautrain-Johannesburg_Greater_Johannesburg_Gauteng http://www.tripadvisor.co.za/ShowUserReview “Yes, a lovely clean train, yes place to put luggage, yes prices comparable to developed world prices and yes problems with electricity (cable theft and/or blackouts) comparable to developed world issues. But a limited service in terms of hours of service and supporting structures (parking facilities) – just try […]

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NEPAD & SOUTHERN AFRICA RAILWAYS

The Nepad Business Foundation (NBF) in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and SADC PPP Network hosted the second public-private dialogue forum on infrastructure projects at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg on 17-18 March 2015. Attended by over 300 high-level public and private sector delegates from across the SADC region, the forum encouraged discussion […]

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TANZANIA CENTRAL CORRIDOR

On 13 March, Tanzania’s central corridor transit transport facilitation agency (CCTTFA) launched the first central corridor development acceleration process high-level investors’ forum. The agenda included preparations for running block trains to carry goods from the port of Dar es Salaam directly to Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda “without any interruptions or delays.” […]

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