The Fortescue Railway operates some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world, and in the seven years since it began hauling iron-ore across the deserts of the Pilbara region, it continues to push the technical boundaries of heavy-haul. Keith Barrow reports from Western Australia on the latest developments in Fortescue's unrelenting quest for greater efficiency and higher capacity.
CRRC Corporation began production at its first rolling stock plant outside China on July 9, when Malaysia's transport minister Mr Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai officially opened Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive's new facility at Batu Gajah in the state of Perak.
THE first of six regional trains being built for Macedonian Railways (MZ) by CRRC, China, was rolled out at the Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive plant on July 7 in the presence of Macedonian transport minister Mr Vlado Misajlovski, the vice governor of Hunan province Mr Huang Lanxiang, and CRRC vice-president Mr Lou Qiliang.
Ethiopia is engaging in a highly ambitious railway construction programme as the government attempts to lay the foundations for economic growth. Chinese finance is supporting the majority of the schemes but as Michele Molinari and Noah Gunzinger of Swiss consultancy firm Molinari Rail, reveal, the Weldiya - Awash project is taking a different approach.