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

COMPENSATING FOR RAIL LAND

Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) says it will pay compensation totalling $US45 million for land expropriated for the construction of the new 1,435mm gauge railway being built from Mombasa to Nairobi.… Read More

KENYA RAIL TRAINING CENTRE

The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which is constructing the new 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, has inaugurated a training centre for Kenyan employees, located in the town… Read More

RAIL A CONTINUING PRIORITY IN ETHIOPIA

According to the Ethiopian Railway Corporation, railway expansion is to continue as a priority during the country’s second five-year growth and transformation plan (GTP) period, which begins in… Read More

KENYAN RAILWAY CEMENT FROM CHINA

China Rail & Bridge Corporation is building the $US3.8 billion, 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi – said to be the country’s largest infrastructure project since independence… Read More

DJIBOUTI-ADDIS CAPACITY UP 7 TIMES

According to Abubaker Hadi, chairman of Djibouti's Port Authority, the first scheduled train is expected on the newly completed 1,435mm gauge railway to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia (780km) during October. … Read More

LINKING DJIBOUTI & WEST AFRICA

Djibouti, the smallest state in the Horn of Africa, is embarking on large infrastructure projects, building six new ports and two airports in the hope of becoming the commercial hub of East Africa.Read More

AFRICA’S 1ST HIGH-SPEED TRAIN

Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the national railway of Morocco) has taken delivery of the first Alstom Duplex high-speed, double-deck trainsets for use on the Tanger-Casablanca line… Read More

NEW METRO ROLLING STOCK FOR CAIRO

Rolling stock for the Cairo metro system is the responsibility of the Egyptian National Authority for Tunnels. An application for a loan of €175 million - to augment the fleet -has been lodged… Read More

SUDAN RAILWAYS

A recent report at http://graphic.com.gh/features/features/44098-sudan-africa-s-emerging-trade-hub.htmlRead More

ALSTOM TRAM BUILDING PLANT IN ALGERIA

Created in 2011 to assemble and maintain Alstom Citadis trams for Algerian cities, CITAL is a joint venture comprising Alstom, Enterprise du metro d’Alger (EMA) and Ferrovial.  About 200… Read More

TRANSNET COAL & ORE EARN MORE

Transnet may be looking to raise a further R2 billion from capital markets or banks in the current financial year, acting CEO Siyabonga Gama told the media. The parastatal borrowed R110bn in 2014, up… Read More

PRASA CEO AXED

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) group chief executive Lucky Montana served his last day with the parastatal on 15 July, according to board chairman Popo Molefe. Prasa chief operating officer… Read More

PRASA’S NEW LOCOS: FACTS & FIGURES

Contrary to the impression created in some  reports, there has been no change in Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) official rolling stock loading gauge. The figure for overall height of vehicles… Read More

ZRL WANTS CHIRWA BACK

On 31 May 2015, Professor Muyenga Atanga resigned as Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) chief executive officer. According to transport and communication minister Yamfwa Mukanga, the ZRL board terminated… Read More

LINKING CHIPATA TO TAZARA

During a state banquet hosted in his honour by Malawian president Peter Mutharika at Blantyre, Zambian president Edgar Lungu announced that the railway currently terminating at Chipata is to be extended… Read More

SENEGAL – NEW RAILWAY PROPOSED

Senegal President Macky Sall has announced plans to construct a new railway to serve the country’s south-eastern region of Casamance. A feasibility study has been completed, he says, the cost… Read More

GHANA, CENTRE OF THE WORLD, NEEDS MONORAILS

Yaw Nkunim, described on Ghana Web as sculptor, writer, concept developer & CPP member, suggests that if the country is to remain the centre of the world, “once it has enumerated the policy… Read More

LEVEL CROSSING CONCERNS IN NIGERIA

The reappearance of trains on railways in Nigeria, following many years with none running at all, is catching people unawares at level crossings. Many near misses are being reported and there have… Read More

LAGOS RED LINE METRO

The metro system planned for Lagos comprises two  lines – the Blue Line running east-west from Okukumaiko to Marina, which is under construction, and the Red,… Read More

NRI TECHNICIANS: 295 GRADUATE

At a ceremony in Lagos during June, 295 trainee technicians graduated at the Nigerian Railway Institute. Representing Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) managing director Adeseyi Sijuwade, the corporation’s… Read More

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International Rail News

SAUDI TUNNELLING BEGINS

The new 176km, $US23 billion metro system under construction in the Saudi capital Riyadh is to comprise six lines worked by driverless trains, with 85 stations. A consortium led by Bechtel has started…

INDONESIAN HIGH-SPEED SCHEME

China and Japan have both completed feasibility studies for the proposed 150km Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, estimated to cost some $US 3.75 billion, and both are believed to have offered attractive…

KASHMIR: 4 NEW SERVICES

Four new services have been introduced in India’s Kashmir Valley, bringing the total number to 26. Work on the difficult Katra-Banihal construction - covering about 111km - continues, with an…

UK CONSULTANTS FOR CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED

Network Rail Consulting, the international consultancy division of Britain’s state-owned railway, has been appointed to provide integration, programme delivery and programme management services…