TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

WEEKLY RAIL XPRESS NEWSLETTER

It is regretted that the Railways Africa weekly “Xpress” newsletter was not e-mailed on Wednesday 25 March. The newsletter comprises selected items from the weekly news updates on the www.railwaysafrica.com homepage. In the event of the newsletter not going out for any reason, subscribers should click on www.railwaysafrica.com . This immediately brings up the latest […]

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GEORGE-KNYSNA LINE

The Knysna council is awaiting the results of a complete survey which has been carried out on the line to George, out of use since severe damage by floods nearly ten years ago. The municipalities of George and Knysna have been asked to come up with a plan for reintroducing freight to the line – […]

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SHOSHOLOZA MEYL INTERCITY SERVICES

One of the long-distance South African passenger train services withdrawn in November 2014 was that running eastwards from Johannesburg and Pretoria by way of Witbank, Middelburg, Belfast and Nelspruit to Komatipoort. Though no official announcement was made, it is noted that this train is to operate again on Thursday 2 April, departing Johannesburg at 18:00 […]

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DUAL-PURPOSE S A RAIL & ROAD BRIDGES

A contributor to the SAR-L website drew attention recently to the long concrete bridge at Bethulie which carries the road as well as the main-line electric railway to East London. In response to his asking for other examples of shared bridges, the following were mentioned, though it is possible that some of these no longer […]

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JAZZ FESTIVAL SPECIAL

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) special Premier Classe passenger train to Cape Town for the jazz festival, which left Johannesburg at 08:00 on 26 March, was booked to change engines at Bellville, with the final leg of the journey into Cape Town worked by one of the new Spanish-built Vossloh diesel locomotives. […]

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CERES RAILWAY COMPANY

The newly formed Ceres Railway Company, founded to re-open the 26km Wolseley-Prince Alfred Hamlet line for freight traffic, has appointed Atlantic Rail as operator. No date has been made known for the intended reopening of this branch, which has been closed for a number of years. Atlantic Rail reportedly intends running tourist trains from Cape […]

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WHY GAUTRAIN BUSES STILL RUN EMPTY

http://www.tripadvisor.co.za/ A recent user’s review of the Gautrain system on Travel Advisor asks “Why on earth can we not run a first world facility with first world ability? The ideal for us would be to catch the bus from one of the pick-up points and catch the train to the airport when we need to. […]

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WEST AFRICAN INTERCONNECTING RAILWAY

Since 2009, the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has been actively promoting the linking of existing railways in 11 of its 15 member states. An obvious problem is the three different gauges currently in use. Guinea and Liberia use 1,435mm, Nigeria and Ghana 1,067mm and the others 1,000mm (metre gauge). The coastal rail […]

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GE LOCOS FOR ANGOLA

General Electric (GE) six-axle C30ACi diesel-electric locomotives with 12-cylinder 2.2MW diesel engines have been ordered for use on two Angolan railways – Caminhos de ferro de Benguela (CFB) and Caminhos de ferro de Moçamedes (CFM). Altogether 100 units are to be manufactured at GE’s plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, for delivery beginning in 2016. The contract […]

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BENIN RAILWAY EXTENSION

On 19 March, Benin president Boni Yayi and Mahamadou Issoufou, his counterpart from Niger, formally launched a project that will ultimately result in a $US1.6 billion railway linking the two countries’ capitals. In the first phase, the existing 437km Cotonou-Parakou metre-gauge line is to be upgraded. In the second phase, the line is to be […]

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