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Limpopo Railway Lines Underused

Limpopo Railway Lines Underused

Maputo — The Limpopo railway line from Zimbabwe to the port of Maputo is seriously underused as Zimbabwean exporters are not sending enough traffic down the line, a Mozambican port official has said. Mozambique port and rail company (CFM) chairperson Miguel Matabel said the Zimbabwean inefficiency meant that the Limpopo line could not meet its […]

DIDG rolls sleeves in NRZ turnaround… gets 50percent stake to manufacture rail sleepers

DIDG rolls sleeves in NRZ turnaround… gets 50percent stake to manufacture rail sleepers

DIASPORA Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) has acquired a 50 percent stake of the country’s sole manufacturer of rail slippers Fort Concrete and will inject $3 million into the Gweru-based company to start manufacturing the slippers for the rail track rehabilitation project. DIDG won the $400 million tender to recapitalise and operate the National Railways of […]

Beijing-Tianjin railway speed rises to 350 kph

Beijing-Tianjin railway speed rises to 350 kph

China on Wednesday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Tianjin high-speed railway to 350 km per hour (kph), reducing the inter-city travel time by five minutes. The route now runs a Fuxing (Rejuvenation), the newest bullet train model developed in China. The increase will shorten travel time between Beijing South Railway Station […]

Chinese-built Ethio-Djibouti railway drives Africa’s development, integration

Chinese-built Ethio-Djibouti railway drives Africa’s development, integration

Officials from the African Union (AU) and African diplomats have hailed the Chinese-built Ethio-Djibouti railway as a project that helps Africa realize its aspirations of development and integration. The Chinese Mission to AU on Friday organized a train trip event, with officials of the pan-African bloc as well as African and other international diplomats on […]

800,000 Tonnes of Cement Needed for Standard Gauge Railway Project

800,000 Tonnes of Cement Needed for Standard Gauge Railway Project

The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will need 800,000 tonnes of cement of all grades and 85,000 of reinforcement steel. For now, though, these are indicative figures, according to the SGR project’s coordinator, Mr Kasingye Kyamugabi. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos, 2014), Uganda manufactures 2.2 million tonnes of cement, annually. The local market […]

Commuter train head-on collision in Pretoria injures more than 100 people

Commuter train head-on collision in Pretoria injures more than 100 people

Two passenger trains heading in opposite directions collided head-on at the Rosslyn station during peak hour on Monday evening, injuring over 100 people, Metrorail and paramedics said. “About 90% of the patients are slightly injured and 10% are in a serious condition,” spokesperson for Best Care Ambulance Services, Xander Loubser, said. ER24 spokesperson Annine Dormehl […]

Off the rails – Himalayan tea train facing a slow extinction

Off the rails – Himalayan tea train facing a slow extinction

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway once took precious tea from the foothills of the mountains to the teapots of the world. But it’s become a victim of the colossal inefficiency of the state-run system and is facing a slow extinction through neglect, says David Baillie. When a man who grows tea that sells for more than […]

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