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.
AFTER a legal battle lasting more than eight years, Fortescue Mining Group has won its appeal in the Australian High Court to gain access to heavy-haul lines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia owned by Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton.
REPRESENTATIVES of 10 European companies and research institutions came together in Hannover on September 10 to launch a three-year research and development project that aims to improve the performance of single-wagonload railfreight operations.