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Construction of Kenyan standard-gauge line suspended A Nairobi High Court has halted the $US 3.6bn project to build a standard-gauge railway linking Nairobi with Mombasa due to a dispute over compensation for land acquisition.
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SOUTH African locomotive builder Grindrod has unveiled a new Cape Gauge shunting and short-trip locomotive which it hopes will find a ready market among rail operators looking for affordable replacements for ageing second-hand units. The RS7S3C...
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A Nairobi High Court has halted the $US 3.6bn project to build a standard-gauge railway linking Nairobi with Mombasa due to a dispute over compensation for land acquisition. Construction of the 609km line by China...
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TRANSNET Engineering has begun assembling a third batch of 91 1067mm-gauge GE type C30ACi diesel-electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) at its Koedoespoort workshops near Pretoria. Transnet placed an initial order for 100 of the...
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YAPI Merkezi, Turkey, which is constructing a $US 1.7bn railway in Ethiopia, has awarded Bombardier a €36m contract to install ERTMS. Bombardier will install ETCS Level 1 on the new line. The contract includes the...
swaziland-railway-purchases-rolling-stock
SWAZILAND Railway - one of Africa's smallest state-owned rail networks - celebrated its 50th birthday on Friday by finally getting its own locomotives and wagons. In a $US 17.3m deal, South African rail financier Thelo Rolling...
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NIGERIA's militant Islamist Boko Haram insurgency, which has wreaked havoc across the country through bombings, assassinations and abductions, is threatening to delay the completion of the $US 427m Port Harcourt - Maiduguri railway rehabilitation project. Nigeria's...
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Vossloh will unveil at InnoTrans a full-scale model of its innovative dual-mode locomotive, the EuroDual. It will also exhibit a rejuvenated LRV for Bonn to demonstrate its vehicle refurbishing skills, as David Briginshaw discovers.THERE is...
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TRANSNET Rail Engineering (TRE) has begun assembling class 20E electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail at its Koedoespoort facility near Pretoria following the delivery of the first batch of 10 units from China. TRE will assemble...
rvr-secures-finance-for-locomotives
RIFT Valley Railways has taken delivery of its first batch of former GE B23-7 diesel locomotives which have been rebuilt by NRE as C23-7 units equipped with NRE's NForce control and concluded a $US 20m...
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TRANSNET Freight Rail, the rail arm of South African state-owned port and rail operator Transnet, has bought 34 former Queensland Rail diesel-electric locomotives as a stopgap measure as it waits for new locomotives, ordered in...