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TALKING POINT – LOCAL CONTENT

Thousands of new jobs for South Africans – and ambitious-sounding levels of local material content – are promised in the country’s huge current rolling stock contracts. In the case of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), local content of 65% is promised in its new commuter coaches. Up to 500 suppliers, it is […]

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WHAT ABOUT THE BASICS? AN EDITORIAL

In a recent editorial, the Cape Times suggests that Cosatu – which wanted to strike because of worsening Metrorail service in Cape Town – has a point. “Metrorail has willingly accepted that the quality of the service it currently offers is well below standard. Why burden commuters with a fare increase when it cannot guarantee […]

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DENEL MAY MAKE RAIL COACHES

South Africa’s Denel, well-known supplier of specialised defence equipment, is considering diversification into the manufacture of railway rolling stock. It reports that “positive” exploratory talks have taken place with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), as well as Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). Denel says it is well placed to produce passenger coach bodies, […]

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WESTERN CAPE METRORAIL: ANOTHER EDITORIAL

Extracts from the 7 July editorial in Groundup, a weekly Cape Town publication – “Cape Town’s commuter train service is abysmal. Our trains are late, dangerous and uncomfortable. Hundreds of thousands of people in the city rely on Metrorail to get them to and from work safely and on time. But as our articles published […]

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COSATU TO SUE METRORAIL OVER FARES

Cosatu is organising a mass protest against Metrorail on 12 July, according to Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich. And it has instructed lawyers to prepare a class action lawsuit against Metrorail following the 1 July increase in fares. Workers, he said, are penalised when they arrive late for work due to the poor rail […]

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GAUTRAIN COVERING OPERATING COSTS

The leading front-page article in the Johannesburg Times on 7 July quotes Tlago Ramalepa of the Gautrain Management Agency saying: “Fare income is currently substantially above the operational and maintenance costs.” The article continues: “Gauteng residents forked out R861 million last year, or R71 million a month, to cover the cost of running the train. […]

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BENGUELA LINE BACK IN ACTION

Repair work on Caminhos de Ferro de Benguela (CFB) in the eastern Moxico province of Angola necessitated a 45-day halt in train services between Cuito and Luena from mid-May 2014. Passenger service – which runs eastwards on Wednesdays and west on Fridays – resumed on 2 July. Freight service was restarted a few days earlier.

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EMD IN BOTSWANA

Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) of the USA recently overhauled engines from Botswana Railways’ fleet of GT22LC2 units – its BD-2 class. The engines out of individual locos were sent to EMD in America as Botswana Railways’ workshop facilities at Mahalapye have limited resources. It is understood that between 15-18 new locos of the GT42AC model are […]

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NEW EMD LOCOS FOR CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE)

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT38AC locomotives are on order for the 1,067mm gauge Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan (CFCO) which operates freight and passenger services from the Atlantic port of Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville (502km).

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NEW EMD LOCOS FOR GABON

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT46AC locomotives are on order for the 1,435mm gauge Société d’Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag – the state railway of Gabon), which runs 670 km eastwards from the port of Owendo in Libreville to Franceville. Both freight and passenger services are operated.

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