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

ADDIS-BEDELE PROJECT BEGINS

On 13 May, Ethiopian prime minister Haile Mariam Desalegn laid a foundation stone marking the start of construction on a new 491km railway to link Addis Ababa with Bedele in Oromoia state. Ultimately… Read More

ADDIS LIGHT RAIL HICCUPS

The new 39-station light rail network in Addis Ababa, budgeted at $US475 million, has run into several snags. One of these concerns the Awash International Bank, whose new 10-storey building in the… Read More

RIFT VALLEY PROGRESS

According to Rift Valley Railways (RVR) group CEO Darlan De David, freight transit time between Nairobi and Mombasa has been speeded up by six hours, following the completion of 73km of track rehabilitation… 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

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

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

BUDGET SPEECH - S A TRANSPORT MINISTER

Condensation of South African transport minister Dipuo Peters’ budget speech media briefing:
“Twenty-one years ago we began a new journey to eradicate the oppressive legacy of colonialism… Read More

TRANSPORT WATCHDOG FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Briefing the media prior to delivering her department’s budget vote in parliament, transport minister Dipuo Peters said: 


“We are in the process of establishing… Read More

SARA CONFERENCE

The theme of the Southern African Railway Association (Sara) conference from 26-28 May is “Sustainable economic development in Southern Africa”. Sub-themes to be covered during plenary sessions,… Read More

PRASA TRAINSET CONTRACT CONCERNS

According to Rapport in early May, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) group CEO Lucky Montana conceded in an interview with the paper that there may be problems with the contract in terms… Read More

REVAMPING FALSE BAY STATION

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) station improvement programme focuses on enhancing commuter experience as well as the look and feel of each station, corporate regional manager (real… Read More

NIGERIAN MONORAIL

Rolling stock has arrived in Nigeria’s Cross River state, Calabar, to be used on the new monorail system which is virtually complete. State governor Liyel Imoke said he expects the trains to be… 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

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International Rail News

SAUDI ARABIA: NORTH-SOUTH PASSENGER TRAINSETS

The first of five diesel push-pull passenger trainsets for the North-South Railway has arrived in the Kingdom, the Saudi Railway Company announced on 27 April. Designed for 200km/h operation in temperatures…

SUPERCONDUCTING CATENARY WIRES

Except for extensions of existing rail networks, direct current railway electrification has been uncommon for many decades. One of the principal disadvantages is the voltage drop which occurs over any…

PAYING FOR POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL

The federally mandated positive train control (PTC) legislation requires American railways to instal and implement this technology before the end of 2015. Significant cost is associated with implementation.…

CITADIS TRAMS FOR ECUADOR

Cuenca in Ecuador is to be the first city on the American continent with a catenary-free tramway system. The 10km line will have 27 stations and the Citadis trams - nearly 33 meters in length –…