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Rail News

First motorcycle with hybrid engine

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

Taxi, bus terminals for airport next year

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Public transport facilities and systems at Africa’s busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport, are being redesigned to make a world-class transportation system available to arriving users. 

Track’s end approaches for commuter rail monopoly

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South African commuter rail transport firm Metrorail is one step closer to becoming a concessionaire following the official signing of an agreement with the South African Rail Commuter Corporation last month. 

Iron-ore locomotives in R200-million upgrade

By: System Author     8th September 2000 South African rail utility Spoornet has awarded Alstom a R200-million contract to upgrade and overhaul its 31 Class 9E electric locomotives operating on the Sishen–Saldanha Bay export iron-ore line. 

Putting old coaches back in the running

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Coach-renewal company Wictra Consultants celebrated the completion of its 50th coach for general overhaul for the South African Rail Commuter Corporation last month, in Cape Town. 

Tippers make loading easier

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Transportation logistics company John Daniel Containers, of Mossel Bay, Western Cape, has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Australian company Trufab to manufacture a new roller-tipper. 

R15-billion rail revamp ready to roll

By: System Author     4th August 2000 National carrier Spoornet has announced its commitment to modern railway technology as a means to improve its efficiency and to survive in the new millennium. 

Entertainment for rail commuters

By: System Author     4th August 2000 Users of South African commuter rail system Metrorail can look forward to 18-hour en-route entertainment as the firm unfolds it R85-million in-carriage closed-circuit television system. 

Train brake system improves handling

By: System Author     4th August 2000 A new electronic braking and distributed-power system is being piloted by Spoornet business unit Coallink, of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. 

100 councils now want to rail waste

By: System Author     28th July 2000 More than a hundred municipalities countrywide have expressed interest in national carrier Spoornet’s waste-by-rail concept, with a few of the projects already in the planning and implementation stages. 

Measuring car cuts surveying time

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The first infrastructure-measuring car that can measure track and overhead line parameters simultaneously, was launched by Plasserail last month. 

African railways are in a crisis

By: System Author     14th July 2000 Africa’s railways are at a critical junction. 

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

Rail cargo traceable on the Internet

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Southern Africa is one step closer to an integrated regional railway system, with the last railway due to be connected to the region’s rolling stock information system by December. 

SA rail efficiency is not on track – Omar

By: System Author     30th June 2000 While South Africa can boast some of the most advanced transport infrastructure in the world, efficiency in terms of its rail network is still not on track. 

Will taxpayers subsidise taxi recapitalisation?

By: System Author     30th June 2000 The taxi recapitalisation project has invited laudatory and cautionary comment since its announcement last year. 

SA must be transport-smart

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The implementation of intelligent transport systems in South Africa will play a significant role with respect to the South African government’s five-year transport focus. 

Rail industry changes to be discussed

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Railtrack system of the future to be exhibited

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

International VIPs expected

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

New rail concept to be launched

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Rail event a valuable opportunity

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Upgrade project on track

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Railway engineers on display

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Do-or-die time to avoid SA commuter-rail train smash

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Decision time is looming for South Africa if it has any hope of salvaging its commuter rail service which operates in the main urban centres of Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. 

UK firm hopes to put brakes on SA train smash

By: System Author     24th March 2000 The appointment of Halcrow Rail as the turnaround specialist to support the restructuring of Spoornet’s mainline passenger services and general freight is expected to prepare the parastatal for commercialisation so that it can become a sustainable stand-alone business entity. 

Interest in local company

By: System Author     10th March 2000 Transport parastatal Transnet has received “substantial interest” for the disposal of 70% of its design and construction business, Protekon. 

Racing roll-cage for taxis

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Local entrepreneur Japie Ludick has adapted the roll-cage – typically used in motor racing – for taxis. 

TAXI WAR!

By: System Author     25th February 2000 Taxi recap: can it pass the affordability test? 

Gauteng’s re-industrialisation plan

By: System Author     18th February 2000 The Gauteng spatial development initiative has seen a number of nodes having been identified for industrial projects. 

This container has it all

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Innovative self-offloading and multifunctional side-tipping containers are among the products developed by Mossel Bay firm John Daniel Containers. 

Contract signals company’s success

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road, rail and airport infrastructure 

Southern Africa leads in ‘Cape to Cairo’ rail dream

By: System Author     4th February 2000 A score of topographical, monetary and political constraints still render Cecil John Rhodes’s dream to link the African continent from ‘Cape to Cairo’ by rail just a dream for the foreseeable future. 

The road to recovery

By: System Author     4th February 2000 Road. rail and airport infrastructure 

Taxi! A new order dawns in SA

By: System Author     21st January 2000 South Africa’s long-awaited taxi recapitalisation project will begin in earnest next week with an exhibition at the Kyalami race circuit in Gauteng where the eight short-listed bidders will be able to show their offerings. 

Facilities offered for taxi revamp

By: System Author     21st January 2000 Although Nissan Diesel did not submit a proposal for the renewal of South Africa’s mini-bus taxi fleet late last year, it will make available its facilities for any taxi-manufacturing consortium wishing to utilise them. 

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