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  • A 90-wagon export manganese train on the Noupoort – Port Elizabeth line hauled by four Class 20E dual-voltage locomotives supplied by CRRC Zhuzhou (Photo: Bruce Evans).

    Longest train heralds manganese export drive


    SOUTH AFRICA: Rising demand for manganese from steel mills has prompted Transnet Freight Rail to launch a programme to drive up capacity for handling manganese ore on its 1 067 mm gauge network. Manganese traffic has grown from around 5 million tonnes a year in 2012 to 12·8 million ...

  • Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa must comply with the safety requirements set by the Railway Safety Regulator under a ruling made by the North Gauteng High Court on October 11.

    Court instructs PRASA to apply safety rules


    SOUTH AFRICA: Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa must comply with the safety requirements set by the Railway Safety Regulator under a ruling made by the North Gauteng High Court on October 11. An initial court ruling on October 5 had lifted the suspension of PRASA’s operating licence imposed on ...

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    PRASA on the brink as court defers safety shutdown


    SOUTH AFRICA: The future of the 2 300 route-km network operated by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is in grave doubt amid a spiralling safety crisis that has seen the national rail regulator request suspension of the operator’s licence. The Rail Safety Regulator suspended PRASA’s right to operate ...

  • Egyptian National Railways and the Transmashholding-Hungary Kft consortium have signed a contract for 1 300 coaches.

    Egyptian National Railways orders 1 300 coaches


    EGYPT: A five-year contract worth more than €1bn covering the supply of 1 300 coaches was signed by Egyptian National Railways and the Transmashholding-Hungary Kft consortium on September 25. The agreement covers five types of coach: Third class with forced ventilation (500); Third class, with air-conditioning (500); Second ...

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    Egyptian National Railways signs fleet modernisation MOU


    EGYPT: Progress Rail and Egyptian National Railways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for the possible supply of new locomotives, as well as terms to modernise, overhaul and maintain a portion of ENR’s existing locomotive fleet under a long-term service agreement. Announcing the MOU on September 18, ...

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    Rail market still growing, confirms UNIFE


    INNOTRANS: Steady growth in the demand for railway products and services can be expected for the next six years, according to the 2018 World Rail Market Study compiled for UNIFE by Roland Berger and launched by UNIFE Chair Sabrina Soussan at InnoTrans on September 18. The seventh biennial study ...

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    'Sterling' performance at Transnet


    SOUTH AFRICA: Growth in multiple sectors of Transnet Freight Rail's business helped achieve 'sterling' financial results for Transnet in 2017-18. Figures in Transnet’s annual report published on August 20 showed that overall rail tonnage was 7·6% higher at 226·3 million, with export coal handled by TFR growing by 4·3% to ...

  • Bolloré and forestry company SEPBC have agreed to work together to increase the volume of timber exported from Cameroon.

    Camrail and Sitarail sign freight deals


    AFRICA: Freight transport agreements have been signed by Bolloré Transport & Logistics railway concessionaires Camrail, which operates in Cameroon, and Sitarail which links Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Bolloré and forestry company SEPBC have agreed to work together to increase the volume of timber exported from Cameroon. Camrail will transport ...

  • Africa's inaugural high speed rail project was launched in 2011. Photo: Colas Rail.

    Morocco’s Al Boraq high speed service to launch by year end


    MOROCCO: Africa’s first high speed railway is now expected to open for traffic by the end of the year as commissioning trials continue. LGV Maroc comprises a 183 km high speed line between Tanger and Kénitra which is being built for operation at up to 320 km/h, as well as ...

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    South African road-rail bus launched


    SOUTH AFRICA: Gauteng-based manufacturer RailPro is testing a road-rail vehicle intended for passenger transport on a railway line east of Pretoria. State-owned transport group Transnet is working with RailPro on the trials, which are being carried out on a 21 km route between Cullinan and Mamelodi via Rayton. Five ...

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    African supply chain partnership


    AFRICA: Unipart Rail and Gear Rail signed a partnership agreement at the Africa Rail event in Johannesburg on June 13. Unipart said the two companies would benefit from bringing together Gear Rail’s reach in Africa and Unipart Rail’s expertise in modernising supply chains, with the aim of reducing costs and ...

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    Transnet looks abroad


    SOUTH AFRICA: State-owned transport group Transnet officially launched its international subsidiary Transnet International Holdings on May 30. Constituted as a separate legal entity, with its own Board of Directors, TIH is intended to leverage Transnet’s core skills in the operation of ports, railways and pipelines, as well as promoting intra-African ...

  • The isolated Abuja - Kaduna standard-gauge line was completed by CCECC in 2016.

    Lagos – Kano standard gauge contract signed


    NIGERIA: China Civil Engineering Construction Corp is to complete the long-planned 1 435 mm gauge railway linking Lagos and Kano, under a U$6·68bn contract signed in Abuja on May 15. During the signing ceremony Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi said the line should be completed in two to three years, ‘depending ...

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    By Coradia to Batna


    ALGERIA: National operator SNTF has introduced a direct passenger service between Alger and the eastern part of the High Plateau line, with the launch of a daily Alger – M’Sila – Batna round trip. Introduced on May 3, the service is operated by one of SNTF’s new Alstom Coradia El ...

  • ‘This test run is a significant milestone for Alstom and for the project’, said Didier Pfleger, Alstom’s Senior Vice-President for Middle East & Africa.

    Alstom trainset for Senegal on test


    SENEGAL: The first of 15 four-car Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units ordered for the Train Express Régional project in Dakar is now on test at Alstom’s plant at Reichshoffen in France. The Train Express Régional will link the centre of Dakar with the new Blaise Diagne international airport in Diass, serving ...

  • An agreement to proceed with the interim phase of a concession to upgrade Nigeria's 1 067 mm gauge rail network was signed by federal government and an international consortium.

    Nigerian railway modernisation agreement signed


    NIGERIA: An agreement to proceed with the interim phase of a concession to upgrade the 1 067 mm gauge rail network was signed by federal government and an international consortium on April 27. The consortium is led by GE and includes Chinese construction company SinoHydro, South African transport and logistics ...

  • Four NRE GT22 diesel locomotives have been delivered to Sitarail.

    Locomotives arrive in Abidjan


    CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Four 2 250 hp Type GT22 diesel locomotives which Sitarail had ordered from US supplier NRE were delivered to the Port of Abidjan on April 9. Annocuing the arrival of the locomotives, the Bolloré Transport & Logistics subsidiary said it was continuing to develop the metre-gauge network in ...

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    Thales wins Egyptian contract


    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a contract to modernise signalling and safety equipment on the 48 km Cairo – Benha section of the main line from Cairo to Alexandria. This builds on ongoing work on the Benha – Alexandria section of the corridor, and will enable the traffic ...

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    TRC returns as vertical separation ends


    TANZANIA: A new Tanzania Railways Corp has been established to bring together railway infrastructure and operations, following a decade of vertical separation, Minister of Construction, Transport & Communications. Prof Makame Mbarawa explained at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam to launch the organisation. Under the terms of the Tanzania Railway ...

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    Isaka – Kigali electrification proposed


    AFRICA: The governments of Tanzania and Rwanda have commissioned a feasibility study into electrification of the long-planned 521 km cross-border rail link between Isaka and Kigali. Provisionally costed at US$2·5bn, the line is intended to connect the landlocked countries of Rwanda and Burundi with the inland container terminal at Isaka ...