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    UIC shares ways to restore confidence in rail travel


    COVID-19: The International Union of Railways has published a summary of potential steps that could be adopted to increase customer confidence in rail transport following the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Zimbabwe: The long wait goes on


    An agreement for Russia’s United Wagon Company to supply 100 wagons offers fresh hope for investment in National Railways of Zimbabwe. However, a proposed US$1bn recapitalisation programme collapsed in October, further delaying much-needed enhancements. Daisy Jeremani reports from Bulawayo.

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    South African company joins the global supply chain with TMH contract


    EGYPT: The TMH International subsidiary of Russian rolling stock manufacturing group Transmashholding has awarded South African company SME Exports a contract to supply 800 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for coaches ordered by Egyptian National Railways. SME Exports supplies HVAC to customers in South Africa and ...

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    PRASA put into administration


    SOUTH AFRICA: The interim board of Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa has been dismissed, and the troubled organisation has been put into administration Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on December 9. ‘The continued decline of the quality of service PRASA provides to the ...

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    Wabtec delivers locomotives to Egypt


    EGYPT: Wabtec has delivered 10 Evolution Series diesel locomotives to Egyptian National Railways and the Ministry of Transportation. In June 2017 the Ministry of Transportation and Egyptian National Railways signed a US$575m letter of intent for the supply of 100 mixed-traffic locomotives from GE, which subsequently ...

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    Africa’s first high speed line covers its costs


    MOROCCO: Speaking at a press conference on November 20, Moroccan National Railways Director General Mohamed Rabie Khlie told media representatives that the high speed Al Boraq service launched by King Mohamed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron on November 15 2018 had carried 2·5 million passengers in ...

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    National Railways of Zimbabwe orders Russian wagons


    ZIMBABWE: National Railways of Zimbabwe has signed an agreement for United Wagon Co to supply 100 open wagons. They are scheduled to be delivered within 12 months of NRZ finalising an export loan with the assistance of the Russian supplier. The 1 067 mm gauge wagons ...

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    Construction of Nigerian rolling stock factory begins


    NIGERIA: The construction of a rolling stock assembly plant at Kajola in Ogun state was launched when Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo attended a groundbreaking ceremony on November 9. Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said the plant on the Lagos – Ibadan railway ...

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    Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park intermodal terminal MoU signed


    SOUTH AFRICA: A memorandum of understanding for the development of a multi-modal dry-port within the future Limpopo Eco-Industrial Park at Musina near the border with Zimbabwe was signed by project promoter Eco-Industrial Solutions and Transnet Freight Rail on October 23. The proposed terminal alongside an existing ...

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    Nigerian railway construction agreement signed


    NIGERIA: The government and China Railway Construction Corp International have signed a US$3·9bn contract for completion of the railway corridor linking Abuja with the port of Warri. The 327 km Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri section of the route was completed earlier this year after being ...

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    Railway development opportunities highlighted at Russia-Africa Summit


    AFRICA: A number of agreements for Russian co-operation in railway development were signed at the inaugural Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on October 23-24, where 54 African countries were represented with 43 heads of state or government attending. Africa ‘provides unique opportunities for railway development’, First Deputy ...

  • Transnet Freight Rail launched what it said was the revenue freight service with the most wagons in the world
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    Ghana signs rail development MoU with RITES


    GHANA: The Ministry of Railway Development signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian railway consultancy RITES on October 23 during the International Rail Conference 2019 in Delhi. The MoU, signed by Minister of Railway Development Joe Ghartey and RITES Managing Director Rajeev Mehrotra, aims towards long-term ...

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    CRRC Qishuyan unveils Nigerian fleet


    Nigerian locos NIGERIA: CRRC Qishuyan unveiled the first NDJ3N diesel trainsets and DF11GN passenger locomotives for Nigeria when Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi visited its factory in China on October 16. The order placed by China Civil Engineering Group in January includes ...

  • The Alstom Ubunye joint venture’s modernised factory in Ekurhuleni near Johannesburg was officially inaugurated on October 17

    Modernised Alstom Ubunye factory inaugurated


    SOUTH AFRICA: The Alstom Ubunye joint venture’s modernised factory in Ekurhuleni near Johannesburg was officially inaugurated on October 17, in the presence of Premier of Gauteng province David Makhura and the French Ambassador. Alstom acquired a 51% stake in the former Union Carriage Wagon ...

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    Kenyatta inaugurates SGR Phase 2A


    KENYA: The next 120 km section of the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway was formally inaugurated by President Uhuru Kenyatta on October 16. Running from the Nairobi SGR station at Embakasi to a temporary terminus at Suswa, 35 km southwest of Naivasha, the extension takes the 1 ...

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    Prototype Egyptian coaches unveiled by TMH


    EGYPT: Two prototype third class coaches for Egyptian National Railways were unveiled when Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir visited Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works in Russia on October 4. In September 2018 TMH Hungary signed a five-year contract worth more than €1bn for ...

  • The Chinese contractor had been working on rehabilitation of the 1 344 km line from Luau on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to Lobito since January 2006.

    Final handover of Benguela Railway ‘renews people’s hope’


    ANGOLA: A ceremony at Lobito’s main station on October 3 marked the final handover of the Benguela Railway to the government from construction company China Railway 20 Bureau Group. The Chinese contractor had been working on rehabilitation of the 1 344 km ...

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

    Egyptian locomotive renewal programme underway


    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


    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 ...