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Track laying complete to Nigerian capital THE final section of track has been laid on the first railway to serve Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Services on the 186.5km standard-gauge from Abuja north to Kaduna will start in February 2015.
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TANZANIA Railway's (TRL) deputy managing director and chief finance officer have been suspended by the country's transport minister Mr Harrison Mwakyembe as investigations into the controversial acquisition of 25 wagons from Indian firm Hindustan Engineering...
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A parliamentary select committee in Uganda has launched a probe into the award of an $US 8bn contract for the 250km single-track Kampala - Malaba standard-gauge railway to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). The team is...
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NAMIBIA's state-owned railway TransNamib is seeking to acquire 21 secondhand GE U20C diesel locomotives following problems with new Chinese-built motive power. TransNamib has already secured 10 U20Cs from South Africa's Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), which will...
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THE Kenyan parliament's Public Investment Committee (PIC) has halted a $US 41m contract awarded to a consortium led by China's Third Railway Survey and Design Institute (TSDI) to supervise construction of the Nairobi – Mombasa...
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THE final section of track has been laid on the first railway to serve Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Services on the 186.5km standard-gauge from Abuja north to Kaduna will start in February 2015. "We have...
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PASSENGER Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) CEO Mr Mosenngwa Mofi attended the unveiling of the first Vossloh Euro 4000 diesel locomotive for the agency's long-distance main line services at a ceremony in Cape Town...
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THE Kenyan government has released $US 88m to compensate people whose land will be taken up by the $US 3.6bn project to build a 609km standard-gauge railway linking Nairobi with Mombasa. The decision comes one...
ALGERIA's National Railway Investment Agency (Anesrif) has awarded Estel, a joint venture of Algeria National Railways (SNTF) and Siemens a contract to supply signalling and operations control equipment to upgrade the 90km Beni Mansour -...
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THE president of Togo Mr Faure Gnassingbé and his Ghanaian counterpart Mr John Dramani inaugurated the first rail connection between the two countries on November 27, when they officially launched a 3km link between the...
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THE Alstom-led Gibela consortium has completed manufacturing of the first complete stainless-steel bodyshell for the 20 X'Trapolis Mega EMUs it is supplying to Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa (Prasa) from Alstom's Lapa plant in...