TFR TO REDUCE LOCO TYPES TO FOUR

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

UIC ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONFERENCE

Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges (SNCB – the Belgian state railway) hosted the recent International Union of Railways’ (UIC) energy efficiency conference in Antwerp, Belgium. It was reported that fuel usage has doubled over the past 40 years. Transport, currently consuming a quarter of the world’s energy, is the primary cause of air […]

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LONDON TO INTRODUCE 24-HR WEEKEND SERVICE

In advance of the Rugby World Cup in Britain, all-night service is to be launched on the London underground in September 2015, with trains running as frequently as every ten minutes on some lines through central London. To cater for heavy demand expected between Leicester Square and Camden Town, service on the Northern Line may […]

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SEEING MACHINES SIGNS UP EMD

Australia-based Seeing Machines Limited specialises in in-cab, real-time driver-safety monitoring. It developed its patented system through appreciation of the significance of driver fatigue when the underlying cause of many accidents is identified. Seeing Machines’ driver-safety system (DSS) monitors fatigue and distraction events, enabled by intelligent sensing technologies and analytics. The company works closely with select […]

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PASSENGER TRAINS ON FREIGHT RAILWAYS

We never thought a discussion subject in South Africa would concern passenger trains working on freight railways. It became a topic in North America following the creation 40 years ago of the government-owned passenger operator Amtrak, which depends largely on privately-owned freight railroad companies for tracks on which to run. Today, of course, South Africa’s […]

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SERBIAN UPGRADING

In July, Alstom and RZD International signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in terms of which they agreed to undertake joint projects on the international railway scene. Late in September, Alstom announced that a consortium led jointly with RZD International and including local partner Institute Mikhajlo Pupin had signed a contract to supply the signalling […]

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WIN MS & VOSSLOH TACKLE CABLE THEFT

WiN MS, a specialist in cable infrastructure surveillance, and Vossloh Cogifer, an international company specialising in railway infrastructure, have formally entered partnership to fight the stealing of railway cable. According to the International Union of Railways (UIC), cable theft in Europe costs the railways “hundreds of millions” annually. About eight thefts of cable were recorded […]

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CSR SIFANG EMUs IN BUENOS AIRES

Following five months of test running totalling nearly 3,000km, six electric multiple-unit sets supplied by Qingdao Sifang (CSR Corporation) are now in revenue service in Buenos Aires. Altogether they comprise 54 coaches, each with a capacity of 310 passengers. The top speed is 100km/h. Sifang won the contract worth nearly $US1 billion in early 2013. […]

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FATAL METRORAIL INCIDENTS

On 4 September, a man crossing the lines on foot at Philippi on Cape Town’s Central Line was hit and killed by a train. Metrorail’s Riana Scott said commuter services were substantially delayed as a result of the unfortunate incident for some time. She appealed to people to use pedestrian or road bridges in order […]

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TRAIN DERAILS 31 WAGONS IN INDIANA

The Norfolk Southern Railroad (NS) reports the 15 September derailing near New Haven, Indiana, of 31 out of 84 wagons (60 empty) in a freight train en route from Bellevue, Ohio, to Decatur, Illinois. Very considerable damage was caused, with more than 130 metres of track ripped up. An adjacent road was closed temporarily. There […]

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FREIGHT TRAIN DERAILS IN MEXICO

No detail was supplied with a brief report from south-eastern Mexico which said a freight train derailed in Tabasco state. Tabasco is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 federal entities of Mexico. Located in the south-east of the country along the Gulf of Mexico, most of the state […]

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