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First Prasa X'trapolis EMU on test TESTING is underway at Alstom's Lapa plant in Brazil on the first of 600 X'trapolis Mega commuter EMUs for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), while preparations for the transfer of production to South Africa are also making progress.
first-prasa-xtrapolis-emu-on-test
TESTING is underway at Alstom's Lapa plant in Brazil on the first of 600 X'trapolis Mega commuter EMUs for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), while preparations for the transfer of production to South...
italferr-forms-algerian-rail-engineering-venture
ITALFERR, the engineering subsidiary of Italian State Railways (FS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Algeria's National Railway Investment Agency (Anesrif) on June 26 to create an engineering joint venture, which will support the...
first-moroccan-tgv-arrives-in-tangiers
THE first TGV Duplex train for Morocco's inaugural high-speed line arrived in the country at the port of Tangiers on June 29. Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) placed a €400m order with Alstom in December 2010 for...
transnet-agrees-further-loans-for-new-locos
TRANSNET, South Africa, has agreed a Rand 2.8bn ($US 230m) 15-year loan with Germany's KfW Development Bank to partially fund the purchase of 240 electric locomotives from Bombardier as part of its record Rand 40bn...
botswana-south-africa-heavy-haul-study-nearly-complete
IRJ at IHHA 2015, Perth, Australia: TRANSNET says it is close to completing a study on a new heavy-haul railway which would enable landlocked Botswana to export its vast coal reserves through the South African...
tanzania-introduces-levy-to-finance-railway-projects
TANZANIA has introduced a 1.5% infrastructure development levy on imports to assist the government with raising $US 14.2bn to finance new rail projects and improve existing lines over the next five years.Finance minister Ms Saada...
cairo-to-acquire-new-metro-train-fleet
EGYPT's Ministry of Transport has applied to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a €175m loan to help fund the acquisition of a fleet of trains for the Cairo metro. The National Authority for...
algiers-light-rail-reaches-dergana
THE fourth phase of Algiers' light rail network was inaugurated on June 14, when Algeria's transport minister Mr Boudjema Talai launched public services on the eastern extension of Line 1 from Kahouat Echergui to Dergana. The...
kenya-releases-$us-14bn-for-standard-gauge-project
THE Kenyan government has decided to allocate an additional $US 1.4bn from its 2015-16 budget for the project, currently underway, to build a 609km standard-gauge line from the port of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi. National...
uitp-elects-masaki-ogata-as-president
IRJ at UITP 2015, Milan. Sir Peter Hendy, who has completed his two-year term as UITP president handed over to his successor Mr Masaki Ogata at the closing ceremony of the 2015 congress. Ogata, who was...