Africa

  • Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise signalling and telecoms.
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    Egyptian locomotive renewal programme underway

    2019-09-16T10:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has invited expressions of interest in the supply of up to 100 diesel-electric locomotives for use on long-distance passenger services, with tendering expected to get underway by the end of the year. The project is to be funded with a €290m loan ...

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    Failure ‘not an option’ for maize shipments

    2019-09-13T07:00:00Z

    AFRICA: The Grain Marketing Board of Zimbabwe has awarded Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority, Zambia Railways Ltd and National Railways of Zimbabwe a contract to transport 17 000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania to Bulawayo. Deliveries will run for three months from September 9, and if successful the ...

  • Delta Energy Zambia has awarded Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd a contract to transport petroleum from the Port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Ndola in Zambia.
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    Zambian regulation switches freight from road to rail

    2019-08-26T11:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Following the implementation of a Zambian regulation requiring 30% of selected bulk commodities to be transported by rail rather than by road, Delta Energy Zambia has awarded Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd a contract to transport petroleum from the Port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to ...

  • A bilateral agreement for the modernisation of the Abidjan – Ouagadougou – Kaya route and construction of an extension to Tambao has been signed by the presents of Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
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    Côte d'Ivoire – Burkina Faso railway upgrade agreement

    2019-08-12T08:00:00Z

    AFRICA: A bilateral agreement for the modernisation of the Abidjan – Ouagadougou – Kaya route and the construction of an extension to manganese deposits at Tambao near the borders of Niger and Mali was signed by the presidents of Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso at the Eight Summit Conference ...

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    Appenzeller Bahnen to Ouagadougou

    2019-08-09T07:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Société de Transport Ivoiro-Burkinabe has acquired rolling stock formerly used by Appenzeller Bahnen in Switzerland. Following refurbishment in France, the three BDe 4/4 II electric railcars, three ABt driving cars and nine second class coaches are to be used on thrice-weekly services between Abidjan in ...

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    Coast-to-coast cruise train crosses Africa

    2019-08-07T12:37:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: On August 2 a passenger train set out on the return leg of a coast-to-coast trip across Africa. Departing from the port of Lobito on Angola’s Atlantic coast and bound for the Tanzanian port of Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean, the train had arrived in Lobito on ...

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    Locos retrieved from Sierra Leone

    2019-07-25T10:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Diesel locomotives which South African freight and financial services company Grindrod Ltd supplied for use at a mine in Sierra Leone which has now ceased operating have been recovered for use elsewhere. Grindrod delivered a total of 34 S30SCC locomotives to haul iron ore from ...

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    Cement trains start rolling on Tanga – Moshi line

    2019-07-24T11:04:34Z

    TANZANIA: The revival of freight operations on the country’s 438 km Usambara Railway was marked by a ceremony at Moshi on July 20 attended by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa. The Tanga – Moshi line has been out of use for 12 years, but the Prime Minister told parliament in ...

  • Outline plans to extend Gautrain to serve more of the Gauteng region have been drawn up as part of an assessment of the project’s economic and social impact on the Gauteng region.
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    Gautrain success foreshadows expansion

    2019-07-23T05:00:00Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Outline plans to extend Gautrain to serve more of the Gauteng region have been drawn up as part of an assessment of the project’s economic and social impact. About R110bn could be allocated for construction of extensions and 19 new stations, plus R24∙4bn on improvements to the existing ...

  • Gautrain Management Agency is planning to obtain second-hand rolling stock from the UK.
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    Gautrain seeks second-hand EMUs from the UK

    2019-07-22T08:12:36Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Gautrain Management Agency is planning to obtain second-hand rolling stock from the UK. This follows an abortive tender called in February 2016 for a fleet of 12 new four-car trainsets. Despite three bidders being shortlisted, none of the bids was compliant. After evaluating its options, GMA decided ...