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Old February 13th, 2017, 08:22 AM   #201
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FIRST PASSENGERS

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 was a big day for Gibela, its customer, PRASA and thousands of excited rail commuters travelling in the Koedoespoort – Rissik Corridor in Pretoria. The first of 600 new, state-of-the-art X’Trapolis Mega trains built by Gibela for PRASA carried its first passengers, paving the way for its entry into full commercial service. Passengers were visibly pleased and full of praise for the new train – in particular, its modern, ergonomic design, comfort levels and speed.

The new off-peak service started yesterday and will operate during weekdays and on Saturdays between 08h30 and 15h30. A total of 25 trips will run on a daily basis until the official start of commercial service with nine trains in March 2017.

Says Gibela CEO, Marc Granger, “This is a historic moment for Gibela, its shareholders and the country at large as South African commuters finally get a taste of a service that marks entry into a new age of rail that will hopefully trigger positive ripple effects in the economy.”

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Old February 15th, 2017, 02:52 AM   #202
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Gautrain expansion project could see local spend of up to R79bn ($5.9 billion)

The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system – or Gautrain 2 as it is widely known – has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile.

The feasibility study showed that Gautrain 2 could potentially create an estimated R1.6-billion spend on skills, and enterprise and supplier development, noted Mashatile. Local spend on the project could reach up to R79-billion, of which 40%, or roughly R31-billion, would be to the benefit of black-owned enterprises, he added.

The rail system currently operates 96 coaches, with train configurations of either four or eight coaches, depending on time-of-day demand.

The three pre-qualified bidders for the new rolling stock project are Bombardier Transportation, CRRC E-Loco Supply and Egoli Rail Consortium.

In addition to the acquisition of more trains, the project includes the development of new depot facilities and the upgrading of the existing Gautrain signalling system.

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/art...9bn-2017-02-14
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 03:19 AM   #203
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Gautrain to expand by 12 new trains

Roads and Transport MEC Ismael Vadi says the Gautrain management agency will expand its operations with an additional 12 new trains and extended routes.

Vadi addressed members of the media at the legislature regarding his department’s plans following the premier’s State of the Province Address.
He says the Gautrain has been operating for six years and has had transported close to 80 million passengers. For this reason Vadi says the Gautrain has successfully improved public transport.

MEC Vadi says the Gautrain has generated quite a strong demand.
“Due to the growing ridership and peak hour demand 12 new train sets are required for the system and there is a process underway to acquire these trains.”

He says new stations will be built.

“Little Falls, Fourways, Sunninghill, Olivenhoutbosch, Irene, Tshwane East and Hazeldean.”

Vadi says the new trains will be operational in 2019 but the whole project is split into five phases over a 10 to 15 year period.

http://ewn.co.za/2017/03/01/gautrain...-12-new-trains
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 03:23 AM   #204
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19 new Gautrain stations planned, to include Lanseria Airport, Cradle of Humankind and Soweto

New details of the much anticipated Gautrain expansion have been revealed as three preferred bidders have been announced.

The new routes are expected to include Mamelodi, Soweto, Boksburg and Randburg, as 19 new stations are being linked -with an extension of the airport line to include links to Lanseria Airport.

Dr Ismail Vadi, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, says the one of the three new lines, linking from Mamelodi, will branch off to link Sandton, Randburg, Cosmo City and the Cradle of Human Kind.

According to Vadi the bidding process has been completed with three prospective bidders shortlisted for Gautrain expansion. Once the successful bidder has been announced, expected to happen in November 2018, the expansion will enter its construction phase and early operations expected in 2019.

The current Gautrain rail is 80km and is expected to be extended by 150 in the next twenty years. On the link between Jabulani via Cosmo City and Samrand to Mamelodi, stations include Roodepoort, Little Falls, Fourways, Sunninghill, Olievenhoutsbosch, Irene, Tshwane East and Hazeldean.





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Old April 4th, 2017, 06:03 PM   #205
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South Africa’s first locally engineered locomotive has today been unveiled in Pretoria.



President Zuma attends the official launch of the Trans Africa Locomotive at Koedoesoort, Pretoria
by The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, on Flickr

The Trans African Locomotive, or TAL2001, “is the first ever train that has been designed, engineered and manufactured locally by the State-Owned Entity, Transnet, which will serve the African continent,” the SA government writes in a press release.

The company said the locomotive, which will be assembled at the company’s production facility in Koedoespoort, east of Pretoria, marked a crucial step in its strategy of becoming a leading manufacturer and supplier of rolling stock on the continent.

The locomotive is suitable for use on branch lines and in the yard for shunting, while also being able to travel on old rail tracks originally designed to carry light axle loads.

Through the Trans Africa Locomotive, Transnet has heeded the resolution taken at the 2015 Heads of State and Government Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, for South Africa to champion the manufacturing and supply of rail stock in Africa.

Other intended benefits of the Trans Africa Locomotive for South Africa and the continent include:
  1. Regional integration
  2. Localisation
  3. Industrialisation
  4. Skills development
  5. Road-to-rail migration


President Zuma attends the official launch of the Trans Africa Locomotive at Koedoesoort, Pretoria
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Old April 5th, 2017, 05:00 AM   #206
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South African company develops first locally made locomotive

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The South African government owned logistics company Transnet has built its own locomotive. This follows a decision by the African Union to designate the company as the rolling stock hub on the continent.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 05:52 PM   #207
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A big day for rail in South Africa!

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service



President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail division.

The X’Trapolis Mega trains were built by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium and were delivered under a R59-billion contract to supply PRASA with 600 new trains.

This forms part of PRASA’s 20-year rail modernisation programme in response to government’s mandate to modernise passenger rail throughout the country.

“The project is part of the bigger plan by PRASA to roll out the ‘train system of the future’ [and] to modernise and improve the passenger travel experience in South Africa. This is imperative after 40 years of underinvestment in the sector, which has resulted in old and unreliable trains and rail infrastructure,” Zuma said at the launch in Pretoria.

“The new trains are on par with the Gautrain. They offer a smooth, first class air-conditioned ride,” he said, adding that rail was the backbone of the public transport system in Gauteng.

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Old May 10th, 2017, 03:58 AM   #209
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5 things you need to know about the X'trapolis Mega



1. R173 billion to be invested in the new train system


PRASA has invested R51 billion on buying new trains and R4 billion on new hybrid locomotives. The investment programme for the modernisation of passenger rail infrastructure and services totals R173 billion.


2. Train stations will undergo upgrades

The programme focuses on station and depot modernisation, upgrading of signalling and overhead lines, railway tracks and platform correction.


3. PRASA owns 585 train stations that use 22 000 kilometres of the rail network

PRASA has a total fleet of 4 735 coaches, with an overall staff complement of 18 207.


4. A complete overhaul of the railway infrastructure

PRASA cannot launch new trains on the old infrastructure as it is over 40 years old because the infrastructure will be unable to support the new train and its technology.


5. Several trains have already been refurbished

PRASA has refurbished 291 Metrorail and two hundred and ninety eight (298) ShosholozaMeyl coaches. In addition, 27 stations have been upgraded nationally.


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Old May 11th, 2017, 06:03 AM   #210
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South Africa Metro Train: 600 hundred trains to be built over the next 2 decades

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President Jacob Zuma says South Africa will ensure a progressively reliable and comfortable commuter rail service over the next two decades. Zuma was speaking at the official launch of new passenger railway trains in Pretoria. A total of 600 trains are planned to be manufactured.
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Italian group invests R200m in South African railway wheel plant



Italian forged railway product manufacturer, Lucchini RS, on Friday officially opened its new manufacturing facility in Germiston, Ekurhuleni.

The R200-million investment sees the company evolve from importer into local manufacturer.

The localisation process will see Lucchini South Africa (SA) complete the manufacturing process of blank wheels imported from Italy. These blank wheels will then be machined, inspected and delivered to the end customer.

Capacity at the 10 000 m² plant is up to 20 000 passenger and freight rail wheels a year. The factory operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

“A further investment of approximately R1.8-billion is envisaged as further growth into the regional market is anticipated,” added Mensi.

To push local content to the intended 100%, the company would also be required to localise the wheel forging process.

The current South African production line has no hot processes.

Prior to setting up the local manufacturing facility, Lucchini SA has sold around 100 000 forged wheels, in total, in the local market.

The forged railway wheel market in South Africa had declined sharply from its boom days of around 60 000 wheels a year, with Lucchini SA holding a significant share of the current market.

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Old June 12th, 2017, 06:26 PM   #213
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Some updates from Gibela (local South African manufacturer of Alstom X'trapolis Mega commuter trains):







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Prasa inks deal with Huawei for digital railway network



South Africa's trains will soon operate with an improved railway communication system.

This comes after the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (Prasa) concluded a deal that will see the installation of one of Africa's first digital railway communications networks.

Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei and Prasa concluded the deal for the first rail operational Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway (GSM-R) network on Wednesday, at the Africa Rail 2017 summit in Johannesburg.

The GSM-R system is a digital train to ground communication system, used for operational voice and mission critical data communication between train and control centers. The system is considered as the standard in railway communication and is widely used across the world.

Marketing Director of the transport sector for Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Norman Frisch explained that Prasa now in a position to operate and maintain its GSM-R network which operates in the GSM-R frequency band assigned to Prasa.

“By making use of the GSM-R network, dispatchers can reach train drivers at a push of a button," he said, explaining that Push To Talk (PTT) enabling drivers to communicate seamlessly if a problem arose.

“The GSM-R network along the railway results in better communication and with so many railway lines in South Africa, Prasa can now allow for more trains to be put on railway lines."

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South African trains ride into the digital age

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Public transportation could be changed forever with the implementation of a digital upgrade to South Africa's Passenger Rail


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New Gautrain rolling stock bidding process begins in August, says Vadi

Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi.

“We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.”

Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) in Pretoria on Monday, he said growth in Gautrain ridership had increased faster than predicted, necessitating the new rolling stock.

“We’ll make an announcement on the winning bidder late this year, or early next year.”

He said the new rolling stock should be available within three years from this announcement.

Vadi noted that the Gautrain system was carrying 63 000 rail passengers a day, with 60% of this ridership black.

“The Gautrain has been a highly successful private-public partnership (PPP) for us and we can use this model for any PPP in future.”
Vadi added that plans were afoot to expand the Gautrain network by 140 km of track and 19 new stations.

Tshwane would secure six new stations, Ekurhuleni three and Johannesburg ten.

The capital intensive project would, however, be too big to build as one project, and would be broken up in five packages, to be constructed over a period of 25 years.

Initial planning sees construction of the first phase starting in 2021.

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/art...adi-2017-07-10
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Old July 12th, 2017, 06:05 AM   #218
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Alstom completes the 20 first trains for PRASA manufactured in Brazil



Alstom announces the conclusion of the manufacture of the 20 first trains of the € 4 billion contract, signed in 2013 to supply 600 X'Ttrapolis Mega trains over 10 years to PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) for the revitalisation of the rail industry in South Africa. These 20 first trains were manufactured in Brazil at the Lapa plant, in São Paulo, a reference in the production of stainless steel rolling stock, and sixteen trains are already in commercial operation in South Africa since May 2017, after the launch of the new, modern fleet by the South African president, Jacob Zuma.

To deliver the 580 remaining trains, Gibela - the consortium led by Alstom, with participation of local companies Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail is currently building a 600,000 sq.m. plant in Dunnottar, 50 kilometres away from Johannesburg,. The new manufacturing plant will also house a 4000 square metre training centre and, at peak production, will produce 62 trains a year, boasting around 200 South African suppliers. In ten years, the project will create over 1,500 direct jobs at the plant.

Alstom Brazil will continue transferring technology to Gibela's technical staff until mid-2018. Training and development for engineers, designers, technicians, train drivers and technologists are key for the modernization of the rail industry in the country.

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Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018



The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger.

Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first train is imminent, he adds. Train production will start while the plant is still under construction.

Construction at the Dunnottar plant, on the far East Rand, is 50% complete, notes Gibela construction director Vuyiswa Tlomatsane.

The site will feature a car-body-shell building, a fitting and warehouse building, a filming (branding) building, a fitting and coupling building, a central administration complex, a training centre and a 1.25 km dynamic test track.

Around 1 500 people will be employed at the plant.

At peak, in 2020, 62 trains will be built at Dunnottar each year.

Read more: http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/art...018-2017-07-28
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That plant looks like its in the middle of nowhere? - will the workers get bussed/ catch taxi's or is it close to public transport?
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