Africa Update

NEW EMD LOCOS FOR GABON

New Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) type GT46AC locomotives are on order for the 1,435mm gauge Société d’Exploitation du Transgabonais (Setrag – the state railway of Gabon), which runs 670 km eastwards… Read More

CHINA TO REVAMP CONGO-OCEAN

On 21 December, minister of transport and civil aviation Rodolphe Adada in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) signed an agreement with China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCCI) director general… Read More

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE IRON ORE

Core Mining, a regional West African iron ore developer which owns the Avima project in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sundance Resources… Read More

RUSTING TRAINS IN THE DRC

Candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) elections have had wide scope for making promises, especially in the field of transport. In Kinshasa, one-time terminus of a busy line to the port of… Read More

NARROW-GAUGE CONGO GARRATTS

Notes from Peter Bagshawe: “Construction of the CF Vicinaux du Mayumbe commenced in 1898, believed to be at 615mm gauge, although also quoted at 610mm. “It initially purchased 0-4-0T locos, and around… Read More

CHINA & PAN-AFRICA HIGH-SPEED RAIL

In Addis Ababa on 7 May, African Union Commission chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma congratulated the People's Republic of China - represented by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming - on the… Read More

AWASH WOLDIA/HARA GEBEYA RAILWAY

The Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) is investing $1.7 billion in the Awash Woldia/Hara Gebeya railway construction project. Scheduled for completion by December 2015, the new line – which… Read More

RVR FOCUSING ON TURNAROUND

Qalaa Holdings of Egypt, formerly known as Citadel, is the principal in Rift Valley Railways (RVR), concessionaire of the metre-gauge Mombasa-Kampala line serving Kenya and Uganda.  Qalaa holds… Read More

KENYA STD GAUGE ON TARGET

The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has cleared 385km along the path of the new 472km standard gauge railway it is building from Mombasa to Nairobi. Extensive road building has been undertaken… Read More

KAMPALA SUBURBAN RAIL SERVICE

Uganda's Kampala capital city authority (KCCA) executive director Jennifer Musisi remains optimistic about the planned re-introduction of commuter rail service in the city. The amenity was lost… Read More

ALGERIAN ELECTIFICATION

Approximately 4,000km of lines owned by Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviares (SNTF - the state railway of Algeria) have been electrified to date. It is intended to increase this… Read More

LIGHT RAIL IN TUNIS

Public transport in Tunisia is overseen by the ministry of transport. Railways are the responsibility of Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Tunisiens (SNCFT), comprising both 1,435mm and 1,000mm gauge… Read More

MOROCCAN RAILWAYS FOOT PART OF FIFA’S BILL

Morocco initially budgeted 16 million Dirhams (about $US1.6m) to host the FIFA Club World Cup 2013-2014, but the final bill came in at 554 million Dirhams ($55.4m). The central government reportedly paid… Read More

RABAT LIGHT RAIL EXTENSION

The original 19km phase of the two-line Rabat-Salé Tramway was opened in May 2011. The operator is Transdev. Eventually, it is intended to add a further 20km of route, and on 25 February 2015, a proposed… Read More

CAIRO METRO LINE 3

Phase 4 of Cairo’s metro Line 3 is due for completion early in 2018. Phase 4A involves a 5.7km eastern extension, as far as the city’s international airport. The infrastructure contract awarded for… Read More

TRANSNET GOODS TRAIN COLLISION WITH PASSENGER TRAIN

On Wednesday the 20th May 2015, at around 11H30am, a Transnet goods train collided with a Shosholoza Meyl passenger train near Peelton outside King Williams Town. The goods train was en route to East… Read More

DBSA & TRANSNET IN BIG PSP DEAL

Increasing private sector participation (PSP) in the country’s infrastructure investment programme is part of the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s (DBSA) mandate as a development finance… Read More

TRANSNET’S CLASS 22E LOCO

According to the Xinhua news agency, the South African orders for 359 class 22E and 100 class 21E dual voltage electric locomotives represent the largest ever export contract for Chinese transport equipment.… Read More

CONFERENCES GALORE

Members of railway management who will be attending conferences during May and June may be hard pressed finding time for normal day-to-day responsibilities. Two days in the second week of May will… Read More

BLUE TRAIN & ROVOS TO SOUTH COAST

With the Blue Train, Rovos Rail and Premier Classe trains all in Durban for the annual Tourism Indaba in the second weekend in May, this opportunity was taken to run special trips down the South Coast. … Read More

CCECC TO BUILD OGUN INTERCITY LINE

According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) is to construct an intercity railway in Nigeria’s Ogun state in terms of a contract worth $US3.5… Read More

NIGERIAN RAIL PAST & PRESENT

Quotes from a discussion on a Skyscraper City site: “The colonial lines served narrow economic interests and mainly moved goods to the coast. Today Nigeria is essentially building from scratch. “Passenger… Read More

NIGERIAN HISTORIC STATISTICS

The Daily Independent, published in Lagos, recently set down some interesting historic statistics: “In Nigeria, actual railway construction started in 1898 with a 32km line of 1,067mm gauge… Read More

NIGER’S FIRST RAILWAY

Niger, being landlocked, depends on its neighbouring countries’ ports and roads for handling exports and imports. Most go by way of Cotonou in Benin and Lomé in adjacent Togo. Road transport is slow,… Read More

FIRST RAILWAY IN NIGER

Tracklaying has begun in Niamey, capital of Niger, on a railway – the first in the country – which is to run into neighbouring Benin. From Parakou (about 615km from Niamey) there is an existing 425km… Read More

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International Rail News

LINE 6 METRO OPENS IN ISTANBUL

Istanbul’s 3.3km new Metro Line 6 was inaugurated on 18 April by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who rode on the first train. Line M6 runs to the University in Hisarüstü, starting…

DRONES TO PATROL RAILWAY

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and two other companies are working with America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on a research project involving unmanned flying craft.…

BETTER SERVICE IN SICILY

Operator Trenitalia, subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato (FS – the Italian state railway) has effected dramatic improvements in passenger train services in Sicily. Previously there was only one…

TALGOS ENTER SERVICE IN RUSSIA

Rossiiskie Zheleznie Dorogi (RZhD – the Russian State Railway) is to introduce its new fleet of Talgo coaches hauled by EP20 electric locomotives on 1 June. A fleet of four trains will be used…