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  • Kapsch CarrierCom branded locomotive.

    Kapsch CarrierCom signs Algerian telecoms agreement


    ALGERIA: National railway SNTF and Austrian telecoms company Kapsch CarrierCom signed an agreement on April 1 establishing the Rail-Telecom joint venture to supervise and maintain railway telecommunications networks. This will include Algeria’s GSM-R network and SDH optic fibre backbone, as well as future infrastructure projects. Rail-Telecom will also facilitate ...

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    Rift Valley Railways getting back on track


    AFRICA: Four years after the restructuring of the Kenya-Uganda Railway concession, Rift Valley Railways announced in March that it had achieved all three of the Key Performance Indicators agreed with the two governments when the current shareholders took over. The first two targets involved clearing the outstanding concession fees and ...

  • GE C30ACi locomotive for South Africa.

    GE to supply 100 locomotives to Angola


    ANGOLA: GE Transportation announced on March 27 that it had signed a contract to supply Instituto Nacional Dos Caminhos de Ferro Angola with 100 C30ACi locomotives. The six-axle 1 067 mm gauge diesel-electric locomotives with 12 cylinder 3 000 hp FDL-series engines are to be manufactured at GE’s Erie ...

  • Bombardier Traxx Africa electric locomotive.

    Transnet finalises locomotive financing deals


    SOUTH AFRICA: On March 2 national freight operator Transnet issued an update on the contracts for the supply of 1 064 locomotives which it awarded in March 2014, and announced financing packages worth R13bn for the locos to be supplied by GE and Bombardier. Transnet Group CEO Brian Molefe said ...

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    Foundation stone laid for northern Ethiopia line


    ETHIOPIA: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn laid a ceremonial foundation stone for the Mek'ele – Weldiya/Hara Gebeya railway project on February 18. The 220 km electrified mixed-traffic route is being built by China Communications Construction Co under a US$1·5bn contract. At Weldiya it will connect with future lines south to ...

  • The presidents of Angola, DR Congo and Zambia attended a ceremony to mark the rehabilitation of the Bengulea Railway (Photo: Salim Henry/State House).

    Three presidents inaugurate rebuilt Benguela Railway


    ANGOLA: The presidents of Angola, DR Congo and Zambia attended a ceremony in Luau on February 14 to officially mark the completion of a US$1·9bn Chinese-backed project to rehabilitate the 1 344 km Bengulea Railway between the port of Lobito and the DR Congo border. The presidents unveiled a plaque, ...

  • Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation & Shipping Rodolphe Adada visited Electro-Motive Diesel’s plant at Muncie at the end of January.

    EMD delivers Congo-Océan locomotives


    CONGO: Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation & Shipping Rodolphe Adada visited Electro-Motive Diesel’s plant at Muncie in the USA at the end of January to inspect 10 Type GT38AC locomotives which Delegation Générale des Grands Travaux has ordered for use on the Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan network. The 1 067 ...

  • Impression of CNR Dalian diesel  locomotive for Transnet.

    CNR Dalian orders MTU engines for Transnet fleet


    SOUTH AFRICA: Rolls-Royce has announced a major order valued ‘in the range of €100m’ for its MTU business to supply CNR Dalian and its South African business CNRRSSA with 232 engines for use on locomotives ordered by Transnet Freight Rail. The Type 20V 4000 R63L engine is a variant ...

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    Alstom wins €100m Egyptian signalling contract


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Alstom a €100m contract to supply and maintain for five years signalling equipment for the line running 240 km south along the Nile from Beni Suef to Asyut. Deliveries will start in 2016 and the new signalling is due to be operational by January ...

  • Alstom is supplying 14 Duplex high speed trainsets to ONCF, while civil works for the high speed section between Tanger and Kénitra are progressing.

    Joint venture to maintain Moroccan TGV fleet


    MOROCCO: A joint venture is to be established during the first half of the year for the maintenance of high speed trainsets in Morocco as part of preparations to introduce Africa’s first high speed passenger service over the 320 km corridor between Tanger and Casablanca. Outlined at a ceremony in ...

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    Arup to draw-up PRASA station master plans


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has appointed Arup SA to develop master plans for the potential redevelopment of land around its major stations in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. The ambition is to support regeneration by creating transport hubs with retail, office, social, health and leisure facilities. ...

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    Railway Directory 2015


    INTERNATIONAL: Marking its 120th year of publication, the latest edition of Railway Directory includes extensively-updated listings and contact details for almost 5 000 companies and organisations around the world. Covering every sector of the railway industry, it includes details of around 22 000 senior executives. Separate sections cover government and ...

  • The first of 95 Type SA95NEL electric locos being supplied by CSR Zhuzhou under a previous US$400m order was completed in August 2013; most of these are also being assembled locally.

    Transnet seals MoU with CSR Zhuzhou


    SOUTH AFRICA: Parastatal transport holding group Transnet announced on December 4 that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive, paving the way for the Chinese manufacturer to set up facilities to build and maintain electric locomotives in South Africa, and develop other railway equipment for ...

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    Siemens signalling for Beni Mansour – Bejaia upgrade


    ALGERIA: Siemens announced on December 2 that its ESTEL joint venture with national railway SNTF had been awarded a contract to supply signalling equipment for the double-tracking of the 90 km Beni Mansour – Bejaia route. Awarded by railway development agency ANESRIF, the contract is worth €95m to Siemens. To ...

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    Golden Jubilee Express


    ZAMBIA: Transnet Engineering has delivered a 16-coach rake of reconditioned, air-conditioned coaches for ZR's Livingstone - Kitwe Golden Jubilee Express . The train includes one business class, six economy class, two standard and two sleeper coaches, with kitchen, television screens, showers, and a restaurant. A second set is ...

  • The first bodyshell for the X'Trapolis Mega commuter electric multiple-units ordered by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Photo: Alstom).

    First PRASA commuter EMU bodyshell assembled


    SOUTH AFRICA: Alstom's Lapa factory in Brazil has produced the first bodyshell for the 600 X'Trapolis Mega commuter electric multiple-units ordered by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. The stainless steel bodyshell is based on a design supplied to São Paulo, and has been completed seven months after financial ...

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    Chinese sign US$12bn contract to build Nigerian Coastal Railway


    NIGERIA: China Railway Construction Corp and the federal government officially signed the US$11·97bn contract to build the Nigerian Coastal Railway linking Lagos and Calabar at a ceremony in Abuja on November 19. According to CRCC, the deal is the single largest international contract awarded to a Chinese firm. CRCC’s parent ...

  • Grindrod GS7 shunting locomotives.

    Shunting locos designed for Africa


    SOUTH AFRICA: Grindrod Locomotives has launched the GS7 shunting locomotive, which is being offered to African operators by the GPR leasing joint venture of Grindrod Freight Services and Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund through dry leasing packages. Two models have been developed. The 1067 mm gauge two-axle GS7S2C weighs 40 tonnes ...

  • The 394 km line will link Weldiya with Awash.

    Bombardier wins its first Ethiopian signalling contract


    ETHIOPIA: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a €36m contract to supply its Interflo 250 signalling for the 394 km line which is under construction to link Weldiya in the north of the country with Awash on the main Addis Abeba – Djibouti corridor. The contract announced on October 8 has ...

  • The refurbishment work at Casa-Port has been underway since May 2008.

    King opens refurbished Casa-Port station


    MOROCCO: King Mohammed VI has formally opened the refurbished station at Casa-Port in the city of Casablanca. The terminus has been redeveloped at a cost of 400m dirhams under a project led by national railway ONCF. The company says that station’s location ‘at the heart of a city undergoing wholesale ...