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REPLACING PRASA COMMUTER FLEET

Dec 19 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

According to a statement made on the 5 December by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana, “The ageing fleet combined with rapidly growing passenger need has led PRASA to focus on scaling the rolling stock investment as part of a broader strategy to acquire modern technology to meet changing demands. The […]

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INNOVATIVE NEWCLARE RAIL UNDERPASS

Dec 18 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Concor Civils, a Murray & Roberts Construction company, has harnessed several conventional construction technologies in a unique combination to execute a highly successful “design and construct” rail underpass project in Newclare, Johannesburg, as part of the Johannesburg Development Agency’s Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. Throughout this 18-month project, the Newclare to Westbury rail […]

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PRASA To Be Self-Sustaining By 2017: Montana

Dec 18 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Chris Visser Reports Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Lucky Montana gave the opening address at the agency’s “Top 300 Leadership Forum” on 4 September 2012. He provided an overview of progress made, challenges facing the organisation and strategic direction for PRASA to become a modern, self-sustaining business by 2017. The forum comprises the […]

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GARRATTS & KALAHARIS of The WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY

Dec 18 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

by David Payling Just published, this fascinating book recounts the history of each of the eight ex-South African class NGG16 Garratts and 2-8-2 “Kalahari” NG15 locomotives, currently at the Welsh Highland Railway (WHR) in Wales. It includes an account of footplate working on the Garratts, and deals with ongoing efforts by the WHRS Group to […]

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Transnet Freight Rail’s Siyabonga Gama Elaborates on The Market Demand Strategy (MDS) as it Impacts on The Future of The South African Railway System

Nov 12 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

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JOHN BATWELL catches up with TFR’s CEO face-to-face… Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) CEO Siyabonga Gama told me during an interface session in his Parktown office suite in early July that he is really upbeat about “the rebirth” of South Africa’s railway system. This has been brought about by TFR unveiling its plans earlier this year […]

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Country Specific Transport Solutions

Nov 12 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

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Alstom has been part of the South African landscape for many years. While the name is synonymous with power generation, the company has also been involved in the country’s rail industry in the past. In the early years of its existence, most of Alstom’s products were manufactured in Europe. Over the years, the company has […]

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Preservation is A Vital Part of The Picture

Nov 12 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

By John Batwell Hilton Steam Heritage Association, KwaZulu-Natal The Hilton station revival project started in February 2011, following complaints from the community police forum and the police regarding the deteriorating site, vagrants, drinking in public and general urban decay. An e-mail was sent out on the local ratepayers’ database and there was a resounding call […]

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Locos of Namaqualand

Sep 17 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Quite a few people – including well-known authors like Jose Burman (To the end of the line, 1969) – have written about Namaqualand’s unique little railway – mainly in the form of magazine articles. Now, in attractive hard-cover format, Peter Bagshawe has produced a profusely illustrated and beautifully printed book. As spelled out in the […]

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Ballast Cleaning

Sep 17 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

1. INTRODUCTION In the previous article the focus was on the ballast bed cross-sectional profile and the importance and methods of maintaining this. The focus now shifts to the ballast stones themselves in terms of their size, grading and the importance and methods of maintaining the ballast grading. 2. REQUIRED BALLAST STONE CHARACTERISTICS The ability […]

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Ted Hamer

Sep 17 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Born in Lichfield, England, and educated in Croydon, Ted was an enthusiastic visitor to local engine sheds as a boy. Initially he thought of a career in the medical world but in 1964 went to work in the district engineer’s drawing office at Taunton, in British Rail’s Western Region. From 1972 he spent six years […]

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