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China to develop Mali rail links THE government of Mali has signed framework agreements worth $US 9.5bn with two Chinese railway civil engineering companies to build a new line to the Guinean port of Conakry and to upgrade the existing railway linking Mali with Senegal.
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THE government of Mali has signed framework agreements worth $US 9.5bn with two Chinese railway civil engineering companies to build a new line to the Guinean port of Conakry and to upgrade the existing railway...
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THE Ethiopian government has concluded a $US 865m financing agreement which will fund the construction of the 389km electrified standard-gauge line from Awash on the Addis Ababa – Djibouti line to Weldia in the north...
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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...
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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...