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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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Steam Encounters – Lingering Whispers of the South African Locomotive’s Story

Jul 16 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

by Paul Hloben – Review by John Batwell A number of years ago, Canada’s Nils Huxtable published some stunning black-and-white steam photography. Not too many coffee table books come out in black-and-white – it’s all colour these days. However, there is something wonderful about viewing steam pictures in black-and-white and this has prompted Hloben to […]

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Transnet Unveils Market Demand Strategy

Jul 16 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

John Batwell looks at this pronouncement….   Transnet recently unveiled its plans to invest R206 billion in rail projects over the next seven years as part of a drive to treble revenues and support booming mineral exports. The R300bn Market Demand Strategy (MDS) aims to expand South Africa’s rail, port and pipeline capacity to generate […]

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Rail Safety Conference

Jul 16 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

South Africa’s Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) organised a two-day conference at Midrand’s Gallagher Convention Centre from 29 February to 1 March. Targeting mainly rail operators, businesses issued with permits, decision makers within the management structure and operators in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, the aim was to create greater awareness about human factor […]

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Preservation is A Vital Part of The Picture By John Batwell

Jul 15 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Reefsteamers, Germiston As indicated in the November edition, this club’s class 15F 4-8-2 no 3046 worked the holiday season public trains. The run on 16 December was indeed the last main-line trip for Reefsteamers’ driver Frans van Dyk, before retiring from footplate duties. His son, Andre, fired. Owing to health problems, Frans has chosen to […]

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Kapsch CarrierCom Breaks Into The African Market

Jul 15 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Kapsch CarrierCom, a global leader in seamless integration of GSM-R networks for over 70,000 track kilometres in Europe, was recently awarded a contract for the installation of an end-to-end solution for Agence nationale d’études et de suivi de la réalisation des investissements ferroviaires (Anesrif), the national agency responsible for railway infrastructure investments in Algeria. The […]

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DYNAMIC TRACK STABILISING

Mar 18 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

The previous articles focused on tamping to correct the geometry of the track. Tamping is the most frequent of all track maintenance activities and also one of the most important in ensuring the reliability, availability, maintainability, affordability and safety of the line. However, any ballast maintenance disturbs the track’s stability. By dynamically stabilising the track […]

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Preservation is A Vital Part of The Picture By John Batwell

Mar 18 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Reefsteamers, Germiston During the holiday season at the year-end the class 15F no 3046 was in use. The run on 16 December was to be the last main-line trip for Reefsteamers’ driver Frans van Dyk before retiring from footplate duties. With problems in his legs and his back, he can no longer sit for long […]

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Preservation is A Vital Part of The Picture By John Batwell

Jan 9 2012 in Magazine - article by stationmaster

Rovos Rail has returned North British-built class 19D no 3360 to service. Photo: B Botha.

Reefsteamers, Germiston This club is trying to procure brake blocks for GMAM Garratt 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 no 4079. A new concept being investigated is an evening “around-Johannesburg” steam working similar to Pretoria’s popular Tshwane Xplorer and Rohan Vos’ dinner trains around the city. The club’s New Year’s trip to the KwaZulu Natal South Coast (a […]

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