TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

55 HURT IN N CAROLINA CROSSING DERAILMENT

In yet another serious crossing collision and derailment in America, 55 train passengers were injured on 9 March at Halifax, North Carolina. A 50-metre combination tractor and trailer carrying a complete electrical installation building became wedged on the line while trying to turn onto a highway. It could not back up due to other vehicles […]

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CHINESE LOCOS HEAD BLUE TRAIN

Two of South Africa’s shiny new Chinese-built electric locomotives – 20-031 and 20-032 – have been specially painted in Blue Train livery. They worked the express for the first time on 11 March, on the southbound journey from Pretoria. Being equipped for running on both 3kV DC and 25kV AC, they are able to continue […]

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POST OFFICE TUNNEL TO PARK STATION

Construction workers busy with a new minibus-taxi facility in central Johannesburg recently encountered the old tunnel running from Park station to the site of what was the main post office in Jeppe Street. It is still accessible from platform 13 on the station. Though the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999 protects structures older than […]

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SHOSHOLOZA MEYL JBG-CT

Bill Smith travelled by Shosholoza Meyl from Johannesburg to Cape Town and returned in early March. He reports a good journey, on-time southbound but four hours late back in Johannesburg, due to signal problems. “The trip itself is always enjoyable, I never get tired of the scenery and it is nice to fall asleep with […]

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FENCING (AND WALLING) THE MAIN-LINE

Following his recent train journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Bill Smith remarked on the extent of fencing being erected along the line, and also walling – notably alongside informal settlements. The walls appeared to be routinely misused by residents, who seemed to be throwing their refuse over the wall onto the railway. “There are […]

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METRORAIL’S 5KM IN 2HRS

When he arrived in Cape Town from Johannesburg on 7 March, Bill Smith took a Metrorail train to Fish Hoek, where he spent the night at a guesthouse. Cape Town station concourse, he wrote, is “neat and tidy, but there are numerous beggars that approach you for money. I entered the platform through a barrier […]

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METRORAIL: “MAJOR DELAYS”

Metrorail suburban trains in Cape Town appear to have endless problems. A typical extract from the “GoMetro” website – at 17:00 on 16 March -read as follows: “Southern Line “Major Delays. Trains on the Simon’s Town are delayed due to defective signals between Wynberg and Simon’s Town, defective track circuits at Glencairn and defective points […]

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GAUTRAIN: “GREAT AIRPORT TRANSPORT”

TripAdvisor review 14 March 2015:NEW “I’ve used Gautrain several times for transport to/from the airport, and it is fantastic! The trains have always been on time, and if you have to transfer trains, it is very well signed and quite a seamless transfer. The staff were very helpful helping me get my card the first […]

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COMMUTER SERVICES IN NAIROBI

According to Rift Valley Railways (RVR) group CEO Carlos Andrade, quoted in East African Business Week, 400,000 passengers use commuter trains monthly in Kenya. In Nairobi, RVR has introduced new routes and increased the frequency of its commuter services. He told the paper: “We are restoring track to improve stability and efficiency.” To increase freight […]

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LAND ADJOINING NAIROBI STATION

City authorities have contracted the firm Topmedia to develop land adjoining the main railway station in Nairobi as a bus terminus. Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) managing director Atanas Maina has written to Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, complaining that the work is going ahead without the corporation’s approval and is in fact illegal. He points out […]

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