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Africa Update

NEW RAILWAY LIKELY

The developing of an iron ore mine at Mbalam in Cameroon, currently being looked at by Sundance Resources Ltd of Australia, would probably mean building a port capable of accommodating ships of...

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GABON MAY LINK TO CAMEROON

A Chinese company, CMEC, is considering the development of an iron-ore mine at Belinga in Gabon. It would be connected probably to the existing 1,435mm gauge railway to the port of Libreville in...

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RAILING FROM BEIRA

According to the Mozambican News Agency, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is once again using Beira as point of entry for imports. In 2005, ,923t of cargo went through the port, presumably on...

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FLOODS, FUEL SHORTAGE & REBELS

According to a report by United Nations Regional Information Networks on 25 April, the suspension of rail service to Brazzaville has had serious consequences for the city’s million inhabitants, as...

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AFRICA RAILWAYS MEET IN BRAZZAVILLE

The theme at a conference of rail experts taking place in Brazzaville from 11 April was: "a more efficient railway system for the development of the African continent". More than 200 officials from...

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URC CRANE TROUBLE

The breakdown of Uganda Railway Corporation's (URC) only two cranes at the Nakasero yard late in February incurred losses estimated at millions of shillings. Container traffic was seriously delayed...

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URC CONCESSION PROBLEMS CONTINUE

Uganda Railway Corporation (URC), a large part of which was to have been jointly concessioned with Kenya Railway Corporation (KRC) to the Rift Valley consortium led by Sheltam of South Africa, risks...

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URC DEAL STALLED BY INFIGHTING

The privatising of operations along Uganda's main line from Kampala to the Kenyan border is stalled pending the outcome of court applications by disgruntled former members of the bidding consortium...

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COURT HALTS UGANDAN CONCESSIONING

Mirambo Holdings Limited and Prime Fuels (Kenya) Limited, which jointly held 25% of the consortium that was awarded the concession to operate railways in Kenya and Uganda, have applied successfully to...

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UGANDAN CRISIS AFFECTS SHELTAM AND ESKOM TOO

Eskom, South Africas parastatal electricity utility, which has a 20-year contract to run Ugandas Kiira (formerly Owen Falls) and the newer Nalubaale hydro power plants (which between them produce 95%...

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Siemens-led consortium to build the first metro line in Algiers Total order worth EUR 380 million

The first metro line in Algiers, Algeria, is to be built under the leadership of Siemens Transportation Systems France. The Siemens-led consortium includes the two companies Construcciones y Auxiliar...

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GIBELA CONFIDENT IT WILL MEET TARGET

Gibela consortium managing director Marc Granger, and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana, both dismiss media speculation suggesting that the rolling stock programme is...

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GAUTRAIN CENTURION STATION WARNING

According to Lyttelton Sector 7 Community Police Forum’s Chris Evans, a number of early morning armed robberies have occurred recently in the vicinity of the Gautrain station at Centurion....

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FALLING CEMENT DEMAND - FEWER CLINKER TRAINS

For some time, Peter Bagshawe observes, the only regular traffic at the southern end of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast line has been clinker conveyed daily from Simuma, northbound to Mount Vernon (for...

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HERITAGE LOCO TO BE SCRAPPED

According to an announcement by the Sandstone Heritage Trust, it is the intention to scrap class 14R locomotive 1745, currently stored in Germiston. It was acquired by Sandstone some years ago, being...

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PRESERVATION AT SANDSTONE

The largest and leading railway preservation organisation in South Africa and one of the largest in the world, the Sandstone Heritage Trust is committed to preserving our railway heritage. Currently...

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REEFSTEAMERS TO IRENE - 30 MAY

A steam-hauled special will operate from Rhodesfield Metrorail station at 10:00 to Irene on 30 May. Passengers can browse at the colourful Irene Trading post just outside the station, or visit the...

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RAIL TARIFF UP IN GHANA

For 10 years, Ghana Railways Corporation has been conveying bauxite from Awaso to Takoradi harbour for the Canadian-owned Ghana Bauxite Company (GBC) at a fixed tariff of $US9.35 per tonne. After GBC...

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MAKE-AWAY ACCIDENT DETAIL

More detail has emerged on the 13 January accident in Liberia, on the recently revived Bong Mines railway. A train travelling from the mine to Monrovia collided, 68km from the capital, with a...

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International Rail News

Alstom’s Hydrogen Train Coradia ILint First Successful Run At 80km/h

Alstom has successfully performed the first test run of the world’s only fuel cell passenger train, the Coradia iLint, on the company’s test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony (Germany). An...

Brazil Launches Infrastructure Concession Plan

Brazilian president, Michel Temer, recently announced that his government will be pursuing an infrastructure concessions programme that aims to raise $US14.6 billion in investment for building and...

Hack To The Future: Global Showdown In Montréal

From Cambridge to Cape Town, Santiago to Stockholm, more than 25 cities around the world are hosting transport hackathons, with the winners set to meet for a showdown at the upcoming UITP Global...

Alstom And NTL Launch Aptis, A New, 100% Electric Experience Of Mobility

Alstom and NTL presented Aptis, an innovative mobility solution, on 9 March in Duppigheim (Alsace, France). As cities are looking for smarter, more efficient and connected means of transportation,...