BIG COAL-BY-RAIL PLANS

According to Business Report, Transnet plans to spend R37 billion on 5 projects to upgrade rail infrastructure by 2025, all aimed at increasing export coal transport from the Waterberg. The biggest is...

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Western CAPE COAL PROBLEMS

According to Business News, Western Cape industry is struggling to obtain sufficient supplies of coal, having to resort to road transport to keep major industries like brickfields in operation. The...

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NEW METRORAIL SERVICE IN GAUTENG

On 6 November, new suburban train schedules are to be introduced in Gauteng. According to Metrorail's Brenda Motau, "The intention is to run more trains when they are required the most, to ease...

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SPOORNET TO ORDER 212 LOCOS

An order for 212 new locomotives worth R6.13 billion is to be placed, Transnet's communications manager John Dludlu has announced. These units will be additional to the 110 dual-voltage locomotives...

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Soshaloza Meyl TO SARCC BY APRIL

The transfer of Shosholoza Meyl, Spoornet's main-line passenger service operator, to the South Africa Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) will be effected before April 2007, Transnet CEO Maria Ramos has...

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32 New Locomotives for the Iron Ore Line

Purchase of 32 New Locomotives for the Iron Ore Line Media Statement by Chief Executive, Spoornet, Mr Siyabonga Gama, on Spoornet's Purchase of 32 New Locomotives for the Iron Ore Line I am...

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THE SHUT-DOWN MODEL

The successful 10-day shutdown in August of the Sishen-Saldanha line for concentrated maintenance (detailed coverage in issue 4-2006 of Railways Africa, due out soon) has prompted Spoornet to consider...

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NEW CONTAINER DEPOT

In line with Spoornet's drive to increase rail freight traffic, a national road and rail container station has been established at Johannesburg's Kazerne. A consortium of road freight hauliers,...

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KEI RAIL BY MARCH

According to Eastern Cape Transport MEC Thobile Mhlahlo, the 283km upgraded line to Mthatha from Amabele (77km from East London on the main-line to Johannesburg) will be operational by the end of the...

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RAIL LINK FOR ANTHRACITE

Petmin's Somkhele anthracite mine, Business Day points out, is only 75km from Richards Bay but lies some distance from the railway. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is currently under way,...

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