TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

LAND TRANSPORT ADVISORY BOARD (LTAB) FOR CT

Cape Town’s newly formed Land Transport Advisory Board (LTAB) held its inaugural meeting on 9 September. The setting up of urban transport advisory boards was recommended in the 1972 report of the Driessen commission. Cape Town, one of the first cities to implement the idea, established its Metropolitan Transport Advisory Board (MTAB) in 1979. At […]

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NATIONAL SHORTFALL IN RAIL FUNDING

At the inaugural meeting of Cape Town’s new Land Transport Advisory Board (LTAB) on 9 September, it was suggested that developments including the R15 billion “Two rivers urban park project” would be “dead in the water” if funding for public transport at all levels of government is not prioritised. Transport and public works MEC Donald […]

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CT’S LTAB ON RAIL PLANNING

At the inaugural meeting of Cape Town’s new Land Transport Advisory Board (LTAB) on 9 September, proposed developments discussed included: A R170 billion plan by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), to modernise the rail network over the next 10 years. The building of a new railway from the present endpoint of Cape […]

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METRORAIL COACHES OUT OF SERVICE

According to Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) general manager of strategic network planning Hishaam Emeran, a large proportion of Metrorail’s suburban rolling stock is currently out of service and inoperable – representing about a third of the country’s total fleet. Passenger numbers nationally have dropped from an annual 800 million to about 550 […]

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UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY

www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Saturday, 27 September 2014 Kloof-Inchanga 14:30 Sunday, 28 September 2014. Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Sunday, 26 October 2014 Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Sunday, 30 November 2014 Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30 Saturday, 20 December 2014 Santa Special : Kloof-Inchanga 12:30; Carols by Candlelight 17:00 Sunday, 21 December 2014 Santa Specials: Kloof-Inchanga 08:30 & 12:30.

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GAUTRAIN GAUGE: FROM THE ARCHIVES

Nine years ago, in October 2005, J F Siebert writing to Business Day, said: “The hopes Gauteng transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs is placing on his ‘flagship project’ – the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link – are already severely compromised by the indefensible choice of a 1,435mm gauge instead of the standard South African gauge of 1,065mm. […]

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BOTSWANA- VIC FALLS TOURIST TRAIN

Botswana Railways director of business development Stephen Makuke told the Francistown Investment Forum early in September of plans to introduce a tourist train running from Francistown to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. A fully equipped service “like South Africa’s Shosholoza Meyl” is envisaged, with full catering on board. The train could continue across the Falls […]

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FUNDING NEW RVR LOCOS

The first three of the 20 General Electric locomotives ordered by Rift Valley Railways (RVR) arrived in Mombasa from the USA on 9 September. The rest of the consignment is expected during the period up to April 2015. The new diesels will effectively double the company’s operational loco fleet. RVR chief executive Carlos Andrade says […]

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NAMIBIAN DIESELS NEARLY 50 YEARS OLD

Jean Dulez, author of the authoritative Railways of Southern Africa 150 years (Johannesburg, Vidrail Productions 2013), reports after a recent visit to Namibia: “Have just been up to Windhoek – 47 year old [ex South African] class 33 diesels are still keeping the railway going. “Whilst rows of derelict class 33s are scattered around the […]

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TUNISIA SEEKS INVESTORS

Tunisia is seeking foreign investors for $US6.82 billion’s worth of infrastructure and development projects. Tunisia’s secretary for economic affairs Nidhal Ouerfelli is quoted saying: “We intend proposing 22 projects in many sectors to foreign investors. These include energy, tourism, transport and other infrastructure. The African Development Bank is to lend Tunisia $2.1 billion. A successful […]

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