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

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

KENYA TO SPEND $US45M ON LAND FOR RAILWAY

Kenya is to outlay some $US45 million buying land on which the new 1,435mm gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi is being built at a cost of $US13.5 billion. As many as 1,500 landowners are to receive… Read More

INDIAN HELP FOR DAR METRO

When Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi recently, he made an official request for help with funding a metro rail system being planned for Dar es… Read More

LEVY TO FINANCE TANZANIAN RAIL

Tanzania recently approved the construction of a 2,561km standard gauge railway from Dar es Salaam to Kigali in Rwanda and Bujumbura in Burundi at an expected cost of $US7.6 billion. It also approved… Read More

DJIBOUTI-ADDIS ABABA TRACKLAYING

The final section of rail in the new 1,435mm gauge railway from Djibouti to Addis Ababa (752km) has been laid. A function to mark the occasion was attended by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn… 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

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

GERMAN BANK LOAN FOR TRANSNET

Germany's KfW Development Bank is to advance Transnet a R2.8 billion loan to help finance the purchase of 240 dual-voltage (3kV DC and 25kV AC) electric locomotives… Read More

TRANSNET’S HEAVY HAUL MANGANESE LINE

Transnet’s heavy haul rail network is to be increased from the present 2,103km route length to 4,438km by 2030. Doubled capacity – or nearly doubled - is forecast, from 155 million tonnes… Read More

BELLVILLE-AIRPORT RAILWAY

In terms of a memorandum of action (MOA) signed between the city of Cape Town and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), it is planned to build a 4km line linking into the existing Metrorail… Read More

GAUTRAIN CELLULAR COVER EXTENDED

With effect from 3 July 2015, data and voice coverage for Vodacom and MTN cellphone subscribers has been extended to include the Sandton, Rosebank and Park underground stations. According to Gauteng… Read More

GIBELA REVERSES TRAIN MANUFACTURING “WILDERNESS”

Gibela is well on track reversing South Africa’s 40-year train manufacturing “wilderness”, the consortium says in an official statement released on 1 July 2015. Currently, it is gearing… 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

TRAINS & NEW NIGERIAN GOVT

Passengers interviewed on a Lagos-Ogun train by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) appealed to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise transformation in the country’s rail transport. The… Read More

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International Rail News

OMAN TENDERS

The rail system being built in Oman is to cover some 2,135km of route. The Oman Rail authority has issued an open tender for the selection of a freight and network operations and maintenance partner.…

CHINA-INDIA-MYANMAR PROPOSAL

Chine has proposed a Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) multi-mode corridor, a route about 2,800km in length. "We are in favour of it”, Yunnan provincial government vice-secretary Li Ji Ming…

RESEARCH POINTS TO FASTER FREIGHT TRAINS

According to Huddersfield University's Institute of Railway Research (IRR) director Professor Simon Iwnicki, a rail vehicle system known as Sustrail is capable of running at up to 140km/h “with…

SWEDISH TRAIN FLEET TO OPERATE ON BIODIESEL

The European Union is funding a study into the feasibility of train operator Inlandsbanan AB in Sweden converting its diesel trains to RME, a biodiesel produced from rapeseed. Inlandsbanan hopes to…