THE government of the Australian state of Queensland has announced plans to sell approximately half of the shareholding it retained in QR National (QRN) following partial privatisation of the railfreight operator in November 2010.
A new 2.4km-long, dual gauge single track access to the Port of Barcelona opened last week. The line connects the new Prat dock with Adif's 1668mm-gauge network and the Barcelona - Figueres - Perpignan mixed-traffic 1435mm-gauge high-speed line through the Can Tunis rail yard.
AN Alstom Prima II locomotive was tested in the Channel Tunnel on the night of September 29-30 in what EuroTunnel says was a step to introducing standard locomotives on railfreight services between Britain and continental Europe.
IN preparation for the opening of the new manganese export terminal at the Port of Ngqura, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has carried out a series of tests on the Hotazel to Port Elizabeth line evaluating the performance of 208-wagon trains with distributed traction.
The world's leading mining companies are preparing massive operations in Mozambique's Moatize basin which holds one of the world's largest untapped coal deposits. Kevin Smith and John Batwell look at plans to develop railway infrastructure to aid extraction of the country's mineral wealth.
As a small, mountainous country with numerous restrictions on lorry movements, Switzerland depends heavily on rail for domestic freight. Anitra Green looks at the special concepts that have emerged to optimise short-distance railfreight operations.
BY December, India will award the first civil engineering contract, worth approximately Rs 100bn ($US 1.8bn), to build 2200 track-km for implementing the 3338km Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs) on the country's eastern and western flanks. Of the 9701 hectares of land required for the project, 7217 hectares (74%) has been acquired.