All Africa articles – Page 6

  • Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd have signed an open access agreement intended to facilitate the seamless movement of freight trains across each other’s infrastructure.
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    Good times ahead as Tazara and ZRL sign open access freight agreement

    2017-08-28T11:00:00Z

    AFRICA: Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Zambia Railways Ltd have signed an open access agreement intended to facilitate the seamless movement of freight trains across each other’s infrastructure. Tazara hopes to gain an additional 200 000 tonnes of freight in the first year of the agreement. ‘In the past, Tazara and ...

  • Eight DMUs formerly used in Auckland will be used to operate passenger services around Maputo.
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    Auckland DMUs shipped to Mozambique

    2017-08-25T15:32:30Z

    MOZAMBIQUE: Eight diesel multiple-units as well as spare parts are being shipped from New Zealand to Mozambique, where they are to operate passenger services around Maputo. The 1 067 mm gauge two-car units have been surplus to requirements since electrification in Auckland in 2014. ‘Selling the trains reduces Auckland Transport’s ...

  • Murray & Roberts is to acquire the stakes in Gautrain concessionaire Bombela Concession Co held by Bouygues Travaux Publics and Bombardier Transportation.
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    Bombardier and Bouygues to sell Gautrain concession stakes

    2017-08-23T10:27:12Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Engineering and construction services company Murray & Roberts has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire the 8·5% stakes in Gautrain concessionaire Bombela Concession Co held by Bouygues Travaux Publics and Bombardier Transportation. Commercial terms for the deal worth a total of R405m have been agreed and agreements ...

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    Benguela railway handover

    2017-08-19T06:00:00Z

    ANGOLA: Construction company China Railway 20 Bureau Group has formally handed over further sections of the 1 301 km Benguela Railway to the government of Angola. Events marking the transfer of ownership were held on June 29 in Kuito and on July 27 at Luau, close to the border with ...

  • The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession has been agreed ‘by joint consent’.
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    Termination of Rift Valley Railways concession agreed

    2017-08-08T13:23:09Z

    KENYA: The termination of Rift Valley Railways’ concession to operate the Kenyan section of the metre gauge Kenya – Uganda railway network has been agreed ‘by joint consent’ after the high court in Nairobi backed Kenya Railways’ attempts to end the contract. KR had sought to end the concession in ...

  • Alstom Brazil’s Lapa factory has completed the last of 20 X'Ttrapolis Mega electric multiple-units for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
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    Final Brazilian-built EMU for PRASA completed

    2017-07-11T13:48:47Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: Alstom Brazil’s Lapa factory has completed the last of 20 X'Ttrapolis Mega electric multiple-units for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. PRASA placed a R51bn order for 600 of the six-car 1 067 mm gauge EMUs in 2013, with 20 to be supplied from Brazil and the remaining ...

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    Test running on next Ethiopian line to start in August

    2017-06-30T09:23:31Z

    ETHIOPIA: Test running on the first phase of the Awash – Woldiya/Hara Gebeya Railway is on course to begin by the end of August, Ethiopian Railways Corp has announced. In June 2012 ERC signed a US$1·7bn turnkey contract for Turkish firm Yapı Merkezi to build the 389 route-km electrified ...

  • Egyptian National Railways locomotive.
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    EBRD agrees €290m loan for Egyptian locomotive order

    2017-06-21T10:31:18Z

    EGYPT: A €290m loan agreement to support Egyptian National Railways’ planned acquisition of up to 100 diesel locomotives through a supply and maintenance contract was signed by the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development on June 19. EBRD said the acquisition of new locomotives maintained by a private-sector partner would ...

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    GE signs 'holistic' agreement to supply 100 locos to Egypt

    2017-06-19T10:11:43Z

    EGYPT: The Ministry of Transport and Egyptian National Railways have signed a US$575m letter of intent for GE to supply 100 Evolution Series mixed-traffic locomotives. Training of more than 275 staff and the provision of 15 years of support and spare parts for the state railway’s existing and future GE ...

  • One of the refurbished ex-DB Regio coaches awaits shipment to Setrag in Gabon (Photo: Tudosă Mihai-Marian, Electroputere VFU Pașcani).
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    Gabon takes delivery of refurbished DB Regio coaches

    2017-06-09T08:14:00Z

    GABON: Coaches formerly used by DB Regio in Germany are being refurbished by Electroputere VFU Pașcani in Romania for use on Libreville – Franceville overnight services operated by Sociéte d'Exploitation du Transgabonais. The first batch of nine vehicles was shipped at the end of May and is expected to arrive ...

  • Vale is to deploy GE Transportation’s Trip Optimizer automated cruise control system across 114 locomotives used on the Estrada de Ferro Carajás heavy haul network.
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    Vale anticipates fuel saving from Trip Optimizer

    2017-06-06T08:48:17Z

    BRAZIL: Vale expects to make significant fuel savings by deploying GE Transportation’s Trip Optimizer automated cruise control system across 114 locomotives used on the Estrada de Ferro Carajás heavy haul network. Pilot tests are also expected to start shortly on the Vitória a Minas network, and on the Nacala Corridor ...

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened the 472 km Standard Gauge Railway between Mombasa and Nairobi.
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    Mombasa – Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway opened

    2017-05-31T10:10:41Z

    KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the 472 km Standard Gauge Railway between the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi on May 31, travelling on the inaugural Madaraka Express passenger service. The previous evening he had launched an inaugural freight train from Port Reitz in Mombasa, waving a ...

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    Preferred bidder for Nigerian upgrade

    2017-05-30T09:52:51Z

    NIGERIA: A consortium led by GE of the USA has been confirmed by the government as preferred bidder for a concession to rehabilitate, finance and operate the 3 505 km Nigeria Railway Corp network, GE announced on May 25. Also comprising Chinese construction company SinoHydro, Transnet of South Africa and ...

  • ONCF hosted the delegates from across Africa with support from the International Union of Railways.
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    ONCF hosts African safety summit

    2017-05-23T14:41:23Z

    AFRICA: Senior industry leaders from railways in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia gathered in Rabat on May 15 for an 11-day training summit hosted by Moroccan national railway ONCF. The safety training summit is the fifth such event to be held in ...

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    Nacala Corridor officially inaugurated

    2017-05-16T14:05:12Z

    MOZAMBIQUE: President Filipe Nyusi joined celebrations at the deepwater port of Nacala-a-Velha on May 12 to mark the formal completion of the project to develop a 912 km ‘integrated logistics corridor’ serving northern Mozambique, southern Malawi and the Moatize coalfield. This encompassed the rehabilitation of existing lines and the construction ...

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    X’Trapolis Mega EMUs enter revenue service

    2017-05-09T10:51:22Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: The first 13 X’Trapolis Mega electric multiple-units for Metrorail commuter routes entered revenue service on the Pretoria suburban network on May 9 after being unveiled by President Jacob Zuma. ‘This is the beginning of the revival of passenger rail after 40 years of underinvestment.’ said Zuma. ‘The ...

  • Gabon has become the first African country to ratify the Luxembourg Rail Protocol.
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    Railway supply industry news round-up

    2017-04-28T06:00:00Z

    Gabon has become the first African country to ratify the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. ABB and IBM have announced a strategic collaboration to bring together ABB Ability data capture and IBM Watson artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities ...

  • President John Magufuli officially launched work on a 207 km standard gauge line between Dar es Salaam and Morogoro.
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    President launches construction of Tanzanian standard gauge line

    2017-04-20T10:33:59Z

    TANZANIA: Construction of a 207 km standard gauge line linking Dar es Salaam with Morogoro is set to get underway on May 5, following the ceremonial launch of work by President John Magufuli in Pogo on April 12. The line is to be built by a joint venture of ...

  • Transnet Engineering Trans-Africa Locomotive.
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    Loco ‘designed, engineered and manufactured in Africa’ unveiled

    2017-04-04T13:35:34Z

    SOUTH AFRICA: What national freight group Transnet says is the ‘first locomotive to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Africa’ was unveiled by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on April 4. The Trans-Africa Locomotive was developed by Transnet’s manufacturing division Transnet Engineering and assembled at its plant in ...

  • The rail industry around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8 2017.
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    Rail industry marks International Women's Day 2017

    2017-03-08T13:36:29Z

    INTERNATIONAL: The railway operations and supply industries around the world marked International Women's Day on March 8. Special events were organised, and the diverse range of career opportunities available in the rail sector was highlighted.