Caltrain is embarking on exciting electrification and rolling stock replacement programmes, which will enhance commuter services in the Bay Area. But as Paul Ash reports from California, it has been far from plain sailing to reach this stage.
THE quest to bring standard-gauge rail to Africa has gained traction following an announcement from the Tanzanian government that it is seeking bidders for the construction of the final portion of the new line that it plans to build between Dar es Salaam and Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
IN a move that could have long-term ramifications for South Africa's long-haul trucking industry, Transnet has signed a deal with RailRunner, United States to develop intermodal technology for the country's general freight business.
FUTURE locomotive acquisitions for South African state-owned rail operators Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) will be consolidated under one umbrella organisation if the country's treasury and public enterprise departments get their way.
The first five trains out of a planned fleet of 600 six-car EMUs has been completed by the Gibela consortium for operation on South African commuter networks as production begins to shift to a new domestic facility. Paul Ash explains how this massive project is progressing.
Gautrain, South Africa's first standard-gauge railway, has confounded many of its critics by cutting journey times in the Pretoria and Johannesburg area and attracting a loyal ridership. Plans are now being drawn up to extend the network to cope with Johannesburg's rapidly-expanding population, as Paul Ash reports.
ALSTOM has completed its buyout of the remaining 51% share in South African train refurbishment specialist CTLE (Commuter Transport & Locomotive Engineering), previously known as Union Carriage & Wagon (UCW), from CTE (Commuter Transport Engineering) and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) which remain shareholders.