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Old December 19th, 2015, 06:56 PM   #181
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Hopefully these trains actually fit on our railways!
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Old December 20th, 2015, 04:07 AM   #182
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Why wouldn't they fit on your railway?
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There were some tens (if not hundreds) locomotives (Afro 4000 by Vossloh) that were a few centimeters to high for the SA catenary. As absurd as it sounds, after they bought them they discovered that the height was wrong. And can't use them...
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Old January 29th, 2016, 01:28 PM   #184
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GAUTRAIN CONFIRMS IT'S PLANNING A MASSIVE EXTENSION

There’s good news for Gauteng commuters as the Gautrain management agency is planning to extend rail routes by 200 kilometres.

The first link may be ready in about six years.

Forty-eight new train coaches are needed to keep up with growing passenger numbers and seven companies have already expressed interest in designing and manufacturing them.

While transport officials have always vowed to extend routes across the province, it was estimated that this could take about 30 years.

The Gautrain has transported more than 50 million passengers, and now there are plans to expand the service with 48 new coaches and more routes.

“We are looking at going from the east of Pretoria, from Mamelodi, to the west of Johannesburg, to Soweto and then linking Lanseria and Cosmo, then Randburg into Sandton and then going from the airport down to Boksburg.”





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Old March 1st, 2016, 06:19 PM   #185
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Second PRASA X’Trapolis EMU arrives in South Africa
Tuesday, March 01, 2016



PASSENGER Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has received the second of 600 Alstom X'Trapolis Mega six-car commuter EMUs for testing. The first arrived in December 2015

Unlike the first train, which was fitted entirely with test instrumentation, three of the coaches in this unit have passenger fitments in order to evaluate their suitability. Another vehicle, the public display train coach, is fully fitted-out and will be demonstrated to the public at key stations

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Old March 5th, 2016, 12:07 AM   #186
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Alstom Looks Beyond South Africa Rail Factory to Grow

Alstom SA has started development of a locomotive factory outside Johannesburg to manufacture equipment for its biggest-ever rail contract and expand on the African continent.

“We intend to make South Africa our base for serving sub-Saharan Africa,” Alstom Chief Executive Officer Henri Poupart-Lafarge said in an interview ahead of an event in Dunnottar on Friday for the plant, which will cost along with equipment and train development as much as 150 million euros ($165 million).

The French company is building the factory through a joint venture called Gibela, a South African rail company in which it owns a majority stake and which has a 4 billion-euro contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, known as Prasa, to supply 600 trains and technical services for 19 years.

Alstom, based in Saint-Ouen, France, is focusing on rail after selling most of its energy assets to General Electric Co.. The global industry is starting to consolidate after China’s two largest train makers agreed to merge while Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. has bought Italy’s AnsaldoBreda SpA. Poupart-Lafarge took the helm Feb. 1, replacing Patrick Kron.

“Development of the supply chain is the main challenge” of the South African venture, the new CEO said in the interview. The first 20 trains will be made at an Alstom factory in Brazil and the rest at the Dunnottar plant, which should be completed within eight months and have produced its first equipment within a couple of years, he said.

"Technologically it’s not a complex train," Poupart-Lafarge said. “Clearly the main objective of the contract is also to build a complete industrial base in South Africa.” Local content was a requirement of state-owned Prasa.

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Old March 7th, 2016, 10:57 PM   #187
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Old April 25th, 2016, 09:02 PM   #188
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PRASA starts open line testing of new X’Trapolis Mega trains



The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), along with the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, on Monday began open line testing on the first test train (TT1) imported from Brazil.

Testing took place between Wolmerton and De-Wildt in Pretoria and would be completed by the end of September in anticipation of commercial operation in October.

Speaking to Engineering News Online, PRASA spokesperson Victor Dlamini noted that the acquisition of the new X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains was part of PRASA’s Modernisation Programme, which included the upgrading of key rail infrastructure over the next 20 years to enable the roll-out of new rolling stock throughout key operational corridors.

He pointed out that R172-billion had been set aside for the programme. Open line testing of the new passenger trains was focused on speed testing, passenger comfort, braking and acceleration and the handling of corners. “Two trains have already been delivered from Brazil, while the remainder will arrive in the country by the end of the year. The first batch of trains will be running by October,” he said.

In 2014, PRASA and Gibela reached financial close for the manufacture of 600 new trains at a cost of R59-billion. Gibela would manufacture 580 trains in South Africa and 20 trains in Brazil, with the contract subject to a 65% localisation target. Gibela recently started construction of its R1-billion local manufacturing plant, in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni.

The plant would also include a supplier park, which would house direct suppliers to Gibela. R800-million had been set aside for skills development with 1 500 people to be permanently employed at the plant. A further 19 500 people would receive rail-related training at the on-site training centre, while 36 train drivers were being trained to support the first deployment of the new trains for commercial operation.

“To date, six of 15 test drivers have been trained and certified,” Dlamini noted, adding that PRASA would gradually introduce new operating corridors in Pretoria. He pointed out that a new operating system would also be introduced to accommodate the new trains.

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Handling of corners ??? Did they mean curves ?

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Old April 25th, 2016, 11:47 PM   #190
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Old April 25th, 2016, 11:49 PM   #191
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Pretoria to get first rides on new trains



COMMUTERS travelling between Mamelodi and Pretoria will be the first to experience a train service consisting only of newly purchased coaches purchased by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), owners of Metrorail.

The trains, acquired in a R59bn deal with Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, are intended to modernise the aged urban Metrorail commuter service which ferries 2.2-million passengers daily.

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is a special purpose vehicle for the deal which is 61% owned by French power and transport giant Alstom. The old trains are more than 40 years old and unreliable and they require constant refurbishing and maintenance.

However, the Gibela deal is separate from Prasa’s contract for R3.5bn, inflated to more than R4.8bn due to inadequate hedging, for locomotives from Spanish manufacturer Vossloh Espana through black economic empowerment partner, Swifambo Rail Leasing. These locomotives — one of which derailed during tests last year amid revelations that the locos were too tall for existing infrastructure — are intended for the long-distance service, Shosholoza Meyl.

Speaking at the "Open-Line Testing" of the first of the new Gibela trains in Pretoria on Monday, Prasa business readiness manager for modernisation in Gauteng, Abram Nkgabutle, said they were expected to go into commercial service in October. The trains would first run between Mamelodi and Pretoria, albeit incorporating some of the old Metrorail coaches.

However, three months after this, only the new trains will operate on the Mamelodi-Pretoria route, according to Mr Nkgabutle.

Twenty of the trains are being manufactured in Brazil at Alstom facilities to speed up the modernisation programme. The rest of the 580 trains will be manufactured at a R1bn factory which is under construction in Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni.

"The trains will come and then we will move from a mixing strategy to a well-enclosed service where the new trains will be able to operate separately from the old ones," said Mr Nkgabutle. "Because when you used the new train with the old train, you will lose the benefits of the new train because of the old trains with their current performance."

The first train, which is undergoing open-line testing, arrived in November from Alstom facilities in Brazil but was without a depot or test track.

Prasa said it had worked 24-hour shifts for seven days a week to prepare the depot and test track for the new trains. Prasa has since received three trains, two of which are test trains and do not have full interiors or seats.

The third train is expected to be the first to run on the Mamelodi-Pretoria corridor in October.

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Plans underway for construction of 600 trains in South Africa

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Train commuters in South Africa are one step closer to being ferried with comfort, speed and efficiency. The Transport Minister has unveiled a state-of-the-art test train. Plans are underway for the manufacture of a fleet of 600 trains.
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Prasa commits to R172bn infrastructure spending programme
04 Jul 2016





SOUTH AFRICA: Speaking at the Africa Rail conference in Johannesburg on June 30, Dr Popo Molefe, Chairman of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, reiterated his company’s commitment to a series of signalling and infrastructure enhancements worth R172bn, including adoption of ETCS tailored to local conditions.

Prasa operates commuter services in five city regions, using its own 1 067 mm gauge infrastructure in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban, and running over Transnet Freight Rail’s tracks in East London and Port Elizabeth. Of these, the Gauteng Metrorail network is by far the largest and most intensively used, serving the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria and the suburbs around them

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Old September 20th, 2016, 10:44 PM   #196
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Alstom trains made in Brazil for South Africa

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The South Africa's Prasa urban trains were manufactured here in Brazil by Alstom, more exactly in the São Paulo-based factory, located in the Lapa district!
I know this factory. I've passed several times by train towards this plant.

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Gautrain could soon go via Soweto

Mamelodi and the west of Johannesburg are some of the places identified as part of the expansion of the Gautrain’s network in a completed feasibility study.

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Gautrain: Still a long way to go

A long-awaited report on the feasibility of expanding Gauteng’s Gautrain network extensively is close to completion. However, more work may be needed on integrating the Gautrain with other forms of transport before there can be general agreement that billions of rands more should be spent on it.



Rapid rail targets car users, and these fall in the income category LSM 6 and above; but the project is supposed to lead to huge direct and indirect benefits for all passengers, regardless of income.

The Gautrain was meant to serve as a backbone for integrated transport networks across the province, something many point out has simply not been achieved.

The feasibility study is looking at a possible 200km of extensions, to add to an existing network of 70km.

Running the Gautrain system is expensive; it gets an operating subsidy of about R60/trip from the state, according to treasury data. Of all subsidised transport, the Gautrain system has the best recovery (percentage of operating expenses covered by fares), namely 57%. This compares with subsidies of R11-R16 for various bus and bus rapid transit systems and fare recovery of between 28% and 44%.

The province is expected to announce in November the name of the preferred bidder for 48 new coaches. Daily passenger trips have increased from about 35,000/day when the system opened in June 2012 to 60,000/day this year.

Dachs says: "This increase has been felt most in the peak periods, and specifically the morning peak periods, at which time passenger movements from north to south mirror the movements on the freeways in Gauteng.

"The Gautrain has accommodated the growth by deploying more eight-car train sets, to the extent that these make up two-thirds of the trains that run in the morning peak between Pretoria and Johannesburg. For this the train sets that were planned to be deployed after 2020 have been used. The next step is to procure more rolling stock and allow for the continued growth of passenger demand.

"The feasibility study was conducted on rapid rail extensions in Gauteng and was based on the 25-year Integrated Transport Master Plan for Gauteng, where rail is targeted to become the backbone of public transport networks in the province.

"The rationale for rail network extensions is that, unless the growth of private car use stops, Gauteng’s road network will clog up to the extent that, by 2037, 40% of all car trips in peak hours will be at speeds below 20km/hr."

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Gibela delivers first X’Trapolis Mega Train to Prasa
Wednesday, December 07, 2016



ALSTOM announced on December 7 that the South African Gibela consortium, comprising Alstom (61%) Urumbano (30%) and New Africa Rail (9%), has successfully obtained a provisional acceptance certificate from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for its first X’Trapolis Mega EMU

Non-passenger tests with the train between Pienaarspoort and Rissik Street in Hatfield began on Decemer 1 and will run until January 16. Passenger tests will take place from January 17 until February 28, and commercial services are expected to start shortly after

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Construction of Gibela's R1 billion rail factory in Johannesburg continues

The construction of Gibela's R1 Billion factory at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni is forging ahead.

This is the site where 580 modern South African commuter trains will be built, at the cutting edge of world-class rail production. It is also the site where Gibela will provide a training facility for railway-specific artisan skills and an engineering centre of excellence.


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