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Old August 12th, 2017, 04:49 AM   #221
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X'Trapolis in action in Pretoria:

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Old August 12th, 2017, 02:44 PM   #222
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That rails looks awfully crooked. The train itself seems to handle it quite well though.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 10:24 AM   #223
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That rails looks awfully crooked. The train itself seems to handle it quite well though.
I think they are the first type of Xtrapolis to use airbags instead of spring suspensions, so that would help.
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Old August 15th, 2017, 09:58 AM   #224
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Some more videos of the X'trapolis Mega in action:



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Old September 25th, 2017, 05:53 AM   #225
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Alstom begins technology transfer for the “largest project in its history”



Alstom is making a huge technology transfer from its worldwide centre of excellence at São Paulo to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) for the manufacture of X’Trapolis suburban trains.

This transfer covers the training and development of South African engineers, designers, technicians, train drivers and technologists in the areas of engineering, quality, logistics, occupational health and safety, project management, manufacture and test and commissioning. It is due to be complete by mid-2018.

By the end of 2017, more than 100 South African employees will be ready to work at the Alstom plant that is current being built in South Africa.

They begin their basic training in their own country and then travel to Brazil to where they are trained by current Alstom employees.

The first 20 trains will be manufactured and delivered from the Lapa unit in São Paulo but the other 580 trains will be made in South Africa, where Gibela – the consortium led by Alstom, with Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail – is building a 600,000 square metre plant in Dunnottar, 50km from Johannesburg.

At peak production 62 trains will be made each year, creating more than 1,500 direct jobs at the facility.

https://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/...n-its-history/
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Old September 25th, 2017, 06:16 AM   #226
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Old October 27th, 2017, 05:02 AM   #227
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Gautrain expansion required before Gauteng population grows exponentially



Ideally, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) would like to see Phase 1 of the proposed five-phase expansion of the Gautrain network come into operation in 2027, says GMA COO William Dachs.

The concession on the current 80 km Gautrain system would have wrapped up in 2027, with the system paid off, and with the current government subsidy payable to the Gautrain system possibly available for transfer to the Phase 1 expansion.

Proposed expansions to the Gauteng rapid rail network will add 150 km of rail line to the current 80 km Gautrain network. The expansion will reach hubs such as Soweto, Pretoria East, Boksburg and Lanseria.

Gauteng’s population will grow by 48% by 2037, says Dachs. The Gauteng workforce will increase by 44% by 2037, with formal jobs forecast to increase by 83%.



Gauteng’s vehicle population is expected to grow from the 3.9-million vehicles to 6.6-million vehicles by 2037.

The Gautrain runs on 99% availability and 98% punctuality.

Fare evasion is smaller than 0.4% of users, and happens mainly through tailgating through the turnstiles.

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Old November 23rd, 2017, 10:35 AM   #228
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Feasibility Study submitted on Gautrain network expansion
Posted on Friday, 03 March 2017 in Members' News

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SOUTH AFRICA: The Gautrain Management Agency has completed and submitted a feasibility study on the extension of the Gautrain rail network. The study has been submitted to Provincial and National Treasuries and to major stakeholders that were consulted during the feasibility process.

The feasibility study concludes that the extension of the Gautrain rail network will provide significant economic and transport related benefits to the province and the country at large; that it offers value for money, and appropriate risk transfer if procured as a Public-Private Partnership.

Demand modelling was done to determine transport needs for Gauteng in 2025 and 2037. Through the modelling process it became clear that the ‘cost of doing nothing’ in the province will lead to major road congestion in 2037, at which stage cars will travel at an average of 15 kilometres an hour due to doubling of car growth.

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Old November 28th, 2017, 05:15 AM   #229
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PRASA, French rail agency enter R6m partnership

South African parastatal Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and French national State-owned railway company SNCF, as well as the French Development Agency (AFD), have signed a tripartite financial partnership agreement amounting to R6.15-million in the form of a grant.

SNCF will provide expertise, training and exchange of experiences to PRASA in an effort to strengthen PRASA’s capacity as it moves to deliver on the R59-billion contract with the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, in which Alstom has a stake, to manufacture and supply 3 600 train cars (600 trains) at the Dunnottar Park facility, in Gauteng.

The year-long partnership will ensure PRASA’s new trains are operation-ready, deployed on time, and operated with the support of France’s extensive experience in the railway transport industry.

In addition, SNCF will deploy a technical expert to be permanently based in South Africa for the duration of the agreement.

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Old December 12th, 2017, 02:49 AM   #230
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Gibela factory on track for March completion, says new CEO

Construction of the Gibela plant, in Dunnottar on the far East Rand, is on track for completion in March next year, says Gibela Rail Transport Consortium CEO Thierry Darthout.

Darthout, former Gibela operations VP, took over the reins from Marc Granger on August 1. The 53-year-old is a mechanical engineer by training, and has worked for Alstom for 19 years in various fields.

Alstom Southern Africa is the majority shareholder in Gibela (61%), while BEE partners New Africa Rail and Ubumbano Rail hold 9% and 30% respectively.

“We are in the process of commissioning the industrial equipment at the plant,” says Darthout. “The first locally built train should be delivered to the client in December 2018.”

The Gibela consortium has to deliver 600 new X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains (3 600 cars) to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in a R59-billion deal signed and sealed in 2014. Local content on the trains is promised to be between 65% to 70%, by volume.

Darthout says a particular challenge in providing the 600 new trains is that Gibela will have to build one train car a day in 2019, at the peak of production.

“And we’ll have to do this in a brand new factory with new staff and a new supplier base.”

A number of the 100 suppliers have already produced components for the first 20 trains that Gibela delivered to PRASA.

These trains were built by Gibela’s majority shareholder, Alstom, at its Lapa manufacturing plant, in Brazil. The last of the trains arrived in South Africa in July.

Eighteen of these trains (two were test trains) are currently being operated by PRASA on the Pretoria-Koedoespoort-Pienaarspoort corridor.

“The feedback we have received from customers is that they are very happy with the product,” says Darthout.

The trains have already clocked more than 500 000 combined operating kilometres.

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Old December 12th, 2017, 02:50 AM   #231
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Old December 12th, 2017, 05:16 AM   #232
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Metrorail Re-signaling Programme

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PRASA has embarked on a process to replace all existing signaling interlocking, which consist mainly of obsolete mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, with electronic interlocking as the technology of choice. The project is divided into stages and phase due to funds being a constraint and operations and time playing a major role when embarking on a project of this magnitude. The scope of the re-signaling programme includes re-routing of services and elimination of bottle neck sections where possible; re-signaling the network using fully bi-directional signaling to increase operational flexibility; increase signaling headway capacity; and increase service speed. The re-signaling projects forms part of a R9 billion investment allocated to improve rail service in the Western Cape. Other projects underway include station upgrades, track replacement and modernisation of the nerve centre in Bellville.
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Old January 9th, 2018, 04:26 AM   #233
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Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock

Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola.

The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is to deliver 600 new trains (3 600 cars) to PRASA in a R59-billion deal signed in 2014.

The first of the new trains, built in and imported from Brazil, are currently running on a 23 km line between Pienaarspoort and Pretoria.

“We have been running 6-car trains off-peak, and 12-car trains during peak periods. The new trains are state-of-the-art assets that introduce increased comfort, improved ride quality and greater predictability to our service,” says Sebola.

He is hopeful that the 18 trains will also service the Atteridgeville – Pretoria line by the second quarter of 2018, followed by the Johannesburg – Pretoria line.

PRASA will receive its first new locally manufactured train from the Gibela factory, still under construction in Gauteng, by the end of 2018.

“The training centre at the factory is complete, while the factory itself is more than 80% complete,” says Sebola. “We are very excited about the project. The dream is finally coming true.”

A number of the first new trains from the local plant will be deployed early in 2019 to the Western Cape, where the PRASA service is struggling with rolling stock availability, he adds.

http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/art...ock-2018-01-08
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Old January 11th, 2018, 08:32 AM   #234
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Alstom’s JV Gibela moves the team dedicated to PRASA project to the new train manufacturing plant in South Africa





Alstom and its partners of its local South African joint venture company Gibela, have now moved since last week in the new factory and training centre complex in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni which has now become Gibela’s corporate offices too. The plant construction is now almost finalized, on schedule less than two years after the start of the construction.

Gibela’s current 400+ fulltime employees are now based at the complex at 2 Shosholoza Avenue, and work begins on the manufacture of the first of 580 six-car X-Trapolis Mega commuter trains to be built over the next 10 years for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). At peak production more than 1,000 employees are expected to be manufacturing an average of five trains a month. Moreover, of 65 apprentices selected during 2017, most have already begun their training at the Gibela training centre.

By the end of the first quarter of 2018, the first train’s car body shell – essentially, its metal panel-clad metal frame – is expected to be completed. By the end of 2018, the first South African-built train should be ready for delivery to PRASA.

18 of 20 trains built at Alstom’s Lapa, Brazil factory – using South African materials and involving South Africans – have been in commercial service part of 2017 and are estimated to have already clocked up, in total, more than half a million kilometres.

One of the two trains built in Brazil – the other one will still be used for testing purposes – will now be based at Gibela’s training centre in Dunnottar, where it will be instrumental in the training of some 19,500 artisans and technicians. To meet its local content commitment of at least 65% of contract value, Gibela has on-boarded so far 54 South African suppliers to supply materials, parts and services. More than 4,700 South African jobs are being supported by the company’s activities.

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Old January 18th, 2018, 03:45 AM   #235
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Gibela moves to Dunnottar plant; takes first manufacturing steps

Gibela has initiated production of the first locally made train car at the Gibela train factory, in Dunnottar, on the East Rand.

The first train’s car-body shell – essentially, its panel-clad metal frame – is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018, with the first completed six-car train to be delivered by the end of the year.

The 29 ha factory site will include a car-body-shell building, a warehouse building, a testing and commissioning building, a central administration complex, a training centre and a 1.25 km dynamic test track.

The Gibela consortium has to deliver 600 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains (3 600 cars) to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in a R59-billion deal signed in 2014. Local parts content on the 580 trains to be build in South Africa is promised to be between 65% to 70%, by volume.





















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