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    First Coradia trainset in Africa enters service

    2018-03-02T15:33:08Z

    ALGERIA: Minister of Public Works & Transport Abdelghani Zalene attended a ceremony on March 2 to open buildings at Alger’s Agha station and mark the entry into service of national railway SNTF’s first Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-unit. Public services between Alger and Oran were scheduled to start the following ...

  • United Wagon Co has shipped the first of 114 hopper wagons ordered by aluminium producer Rusal for use in Guinea.
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    United Wagon delivers wagons to Guinea

    2018-02-16T15:53:27Z

    GUINEA: United Wagon Co’s TikhvinSpetsMash plant has shipped the first of 114 hopper wagons ordered by aluminium producer Rusal following an international tender. The wagons will be used to transport bauxite from the Dian-Dian deposit in the Boké region. The 1 435 mm gauge hopper wagon designed by UWC’s All-Union ...

  • Alstom supplied an initial batch of 20 Prima electric locos to ONCF in 2011.
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    ONCF orders 30 Alstom electric locomotives

    2018-02-09T10:54:10Z

    MOROCCO: Alstom is to supply 30 electric locomotives to ONCF for €130m. Announcing the contract on February 8, the national railway said this was the first order to be placed under a planned wider rolling stock acquisition programme which would include locomotives, multiple-units and wagons. The 3 kV DC ...

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    Sitarail modernisation underway

    2018-01-23T13:33:36Z

    AFRICA: Ceremonies were held in December to mark the formal start of work on a long-awaited project to rehabilitate the 1 260 km metre-gauge railway linking Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire with Ouagadougou in neighbouring Burkina Faso. Announced in mid-2015, the project was dependent upon renegotiation of the concession under which ...

  • The African Development Bank has approved a loan to co-finance upgrading of the 210 km railway from Walvis Bay to Kranzberg.
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    AfDB backs Namibian rail upgrade

    2018-01-21T07:00:00Z

    NAMIBIA: The African Development Bank has approved a US$153m loan to the government of Namibia to co-finance the upgrading of the 210 km railway running inland from Walvis Bay to Arandis and Kranzberg, as well as the road from Windhoek to the international airport. The three-year rail rehabilitation project will ...

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    Academy to support Ethiopian railway operations

    2018-01-16T09:06:57Z

    ETHIOPIA: Work is to start later this year on the construction of a railway training academy, Ethiopian Railways Corp announced on January 13. When fully operational, the academy is expected to employ around 250 teachers and administrative staff, training up to 1 00 students at a time in seven different ...

  • The Gibela joint venture of Alstom, Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail has moved into its new factory and training centre in Dunnottar.
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    Gibela moves into South African EMU factory

    2018-01-09T14:22:08Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: In the first week of January the Gibela joint venture of Alstom and local partners Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail moved into its new factory and training centre in Dunnottar, 50 km east of Johannesburg. This is being built as part of a €4bn contract to supply ...

  • The first commercial freight train on the Standard Gauge Railway ran on January 1, carrying 104 containers from Mombasa to the Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.
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    Mombasa – Nairobi standard gauge freight service launched

    2018-01-03T11:08:32Z

    KENYA: The first commercial freight train on the Standard Gauge Railway ran from Mombasa to the Embakasi Inland Container Depot in Nairobi on January 1. The 52-wagon train carried 104 TEU, which the operator pointed out was ‘almost equivalent to the trucks operating daily on the Mombasa – Nairobi highway.’ ...

  • Alstom Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-unit for Algeria's SNTF on test at Velim in the Czech Republic (Photo: Alstom/ François Susset).
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    Algerian Coradia multiple-unit on test

    2017-12-19T13:38:00Z

    ALGERIA: The first of 17 six-car Coradia Polyvalent electro-diesel multiple-units which national railway SNTF ordered from Alstom in July 2015 is now undergoing dynamic trials at the Velim test centre in the Czech Republic. Once the trials at Velim are complete, the 160 km/h trainset will go to the French ...

  • Hyundai Rotem is supplying a fleet of low-floor EMUs for the Tunis RER network.
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    More Tunis RER funding

    2017-12-13T14:21:11Z

    TUNISIA: The European Investment Bank has agreed a funding package worth €83m to support the acquisition of rolling stock and development of infrastructure for the Tunis RER programme. The funding has been agreed between EIB, the Tunisian government and state railway SNCFT, and covers lines D and E of ...

  • The first of 240 Traxx Africa electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail was handed over in Durban on December 7.
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    Traxx Africa handed over in Durban

    2017-12-08T11:39:56Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Bombardier Transportation and Transnet Freight Rail celebrated the handover of the first of 240 Traxx Africa electric locomotives with a ceremony at Transnet Engineering’s assembly plant in Durban on December 7. Ordered by Transnet Freight Rail in March 2014 at a cost of R15bn, the 240 multi-system locomotives ...

  • The first heavy haul coal trains began operation over the Nacala Corridor in 2015 and the line was formally inaugurated in May this year.
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    Nacala investment package complete

    2017-11-29T09:57:15Z

    MOZAMBIQUE: Brazilian mining and steel group Vale has signed binding financial contracts which complete the investment structure for the Nacala Logistics Corridor. Announced on November 27, the deal covers US$1·03bn from Japan Bank for International Co-operation, a US$1bn loan insured by Nippon Export & Investment Insurance and a US$400m loan ...

  • PRASA's order for 600 EMUs from the Gibela consortium is on of the largest rolling stock procurement programmes of recent years.
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    SNCF to assist PRASA with renewal programme

    2017-11-28T14:58:46Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Under a tripartite agreement signed on November 27, SNCF and French government development agency AFD have agreed to provide technical and financial assistance worth R6·2m to suburban passenger operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. Commencing from the start of December, the 12-month partnership will provide technical ...

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

    2017-11-19T07:00:00Z

    EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways has awarded Thales a three-year contract to modernise signalling and telecoms on the 180 km Asyut – Nagaa Hammadi section of the Cairo – Aswan corridor. Announcing the contract on November 16, Thales said its integrated signalling and communications technology would be designed to work with ...

  • The Sheltam group has been rebranded as Traxtion Group, following a 30% investment from Harith General Partners’ Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2.
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    Traxtion Group targets African rail market

    2017-10-26T15:28:38Z

    AFRICA: The Sheltam group has been rebranded as Traxtion Group, following a 30% investment from Harith General Partners’ Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2. Traxtion Group aims to partner with locomotive and wagon manufacturers, track construction companies, consulting engineers and project developers in the African rail market. Chairman Brian ...

  • The so-called DIKKM standard gauge railway would largely follow the existing metre gauge network which runs inland from Dar es Salaam.
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    Morogoro – Makutupora standard gauge line contract awarded

    2017-10-03T14:22:39Z

    TANZANIA: State railway infrastructure authority Reli Assets Holding Co has awarded Turkish company Yapı Merkezi a US$1·92bn contract to build the 336 km Morogoro – Makutupora 1 435 mm gauge line. This is the second phase of a proposed 2 200 km standard gauge network which would connect Dar es ...

  • Harsco is to supply rail grinders for Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High Speed Rail line.
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    Harsco wins orders in Saudi Arabia and South Africa

    2017-09-28T14:00:00Z

    HARSCO: The Harsco Rail track maintenance division of Harsco announced two orders with a total value of US$25m on September 27. The first contract covers the supply of rail grinding machines for use on Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High Speed Rail line between Makkah and Medinah, and includes initial operator training ...

  • This year's International Heavy Haul Association conference is being held in Africa for the first time since 1997.
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    IHHA conference considers rail’s role in a changing world

    2017-09-05T08:47:34Z

    INTERNATIONAL: ‘This is a journey, not just an event’, emphasised Transnet Freight Rail General Manager, Capital Projects, Brian Monakali, welcoming delegates to the 11th International Heavy Haul Association conference which began in Cape Town on September 4. Newly elected as IHHA Chairman for the next two years, Monakali said ...

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    Egyptian National Railways plans to form stand-alone freight business

    2017-08-30T15:34:01Z

    EGYPT: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development has invited expressions of interest in a contract to assist Egyptian National Railways with the planned conversion of its freight business into a stand-alone subsidiary company. The intention is that this would have managerial independence and operate through commercial relationships with the ...

  • ONCF has awarded SKF a contract to supply 15 000 passenger and freight rolling stock wheelset bearings over three years.
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    Bearings meet tough specification and tight deadlines

    2017-08-30T06:00:00Z

    MOROCCO: National operator ONCF has awarded SKF a contract to supply 15 000 passenger and freight rolling stock wheelset bearings over three years. Announcing the win on August 28, SKF said it was the only supplier which could meet ONCF’s strict technical specifications and begin delivering ready-certified bearings with a ...