TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

SEMINAR: WELDING RAIL VEHICLES & COMPONENTS

The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is presenting a seminar in both Johannesburg and Durban on the developments and requirements of EN15085 for the welding of railway vehicles and components. Venues: 28 October 2014 – Birchwood Conference Centre, Johannesburg 29 October 2014 – Riverside Hotel, Durban North, Durban Albrecht Hans, deputy head of Manufacturer […]

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TRANSNET’S BIG LOCO DEAL CHALLENGED

Since it was established in 1964, Union Carriage and Wagon at Nigel in Gauteng built most of South Africa’s’ railway rolling stock, including multiple-unit suburban sets and main-line electric locomotives. Most recently, it assembled Gautrain coaches. Today UCW is owned by Commuter Transport Engineering, virtually 100% black-owned, with employees holding a 10% stake. And there […]

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TFR’S USED AUSTRALIAN DIESELS

The first diesel-electrics for Transnet ex-Queensland Rail (QR) have arrived in South Africa. Used units previously shipped from Australia to South Africa were acquired by private companies and many are on hire to mines and other entities, The current consignment is the first destined for Transnet itself. Acknowledging a shortage of motive power, 34 locomotives […]

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DISQUIETING MLPS FIGURES AT PRASA’S AGM

Among figures reported at the recent annual general meeting of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in Pretoria, minister of transport Dipuo Peters disclosed that MLPS (Shosholoza Meyl main-line passenger services) total volumes carried dropped from three million annually in 2009/10 to less than one million. The number of trains operated has halved […]

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METRORAIL PERFORMANCE

Among figures reported at the recent annual general meeting of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) in Pretoria, minister of transport Dipuo Peters disclosed that some 500 Metrorail passenger coaches are out of service “due to vandalism and theft”. Metrorail it seems did not meet various targets, for example, it was planned to […]

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PRASA’S TOURISM INITIATIVE

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has prepared detailed plans for redeveloping the tour train concept. It is noted that overseas visitors to South Africa have increased threefold in 20 years. Premier Classe rolling stock is to be used on proposed weekend and 10-day excursions in the North West province, in conjunction with […]

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GAUTRAIN EXTENSION FEASIBILITY STUDY

On 14 October, Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Dr Ismail Vadi announced the appointment of consultants who will undertake a feasibility study (FS) into the proposed extensions to the Gautrain rail system. The proposals are listed in the recently completed Gauteng 25-Year Integrated Transport Master Plan (ITMP25), which would ensure integration of transport with […]

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ANGOLA-NAMIBIA LINK

Angola’s southern Cunene province governor António Didalelwa, talking to the press in Luanda on 16 October, confirmed that a branch of Caminhos de ferro de Moçamedes (CFM) is to extended “in the medium term”, to Onjdiva and Namacunde in Cunene Province, immediately south of which it will link with the railways of Namibia at Oshikango. […]

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LOAN FOR EGYPTIAN RAILWAYS

Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Philip ter Woort told the Daily News in Cairo that a loan for the Egyptian National Railways amounting to $US159 million was signed in May 2014. The purpose was to finance the acquisition of six new trainsets in terms of a new “supply and maintenance” […]

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KENYAN LAND FOR RAILWAY

It isn’t difficult to begin the planning of new railways. One takes a blue pencil and draws a line across the map. Problems start when hills and valleys get in the way of the straight blue line and the surveyors have their work cut out. Once the blue line has been adjusted to fit the […]

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