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Old July 6th, 2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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EGYPT | Railways

I just found this image of eight new ES40ACi locomotives that were built for Egyptian Railways taken just outside of the General Electric locomotive plant at Erie, Pennsylvania, USA this past January.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...289359&nseq=50

The paint scheme is very close to that used by the Canadian National.

One question, does Egypt have lines that use both the European-style 'buffer and chain' and the North American/Chinese/Australian-style AAR coupling standards (note the turned-down buffers)?

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Whats with the grill on the front windows? I noticed these on the Egyptian class 66s too.
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Whats with the grill on the front windows? I noticed these on the Egyptian class 66s too.
Stone protection? Vietnam used to have that too...too many idiot kids
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Does anyone have any information on the Turbini / Turbotrains on the Cairo-Alex route? I understand they were built in France, are meant to run at 200km/h, and use turbine engines, but not much else. Are the derived from the TGV-001, or from the JetTrain? Does anyone know when and how many were built, and if there were meant to be more? Judging by the timetable I guess that only 2 are in regular service, which suggests perhaps they were purchased as an acceptance trial and ENR was not satisfied with them, so never placed a full order?
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Cairo - Alexandria train supply and maintenance contract planned
10 Mar 2014



EGYPT: Egyptian National Railways is planning to call tenders for a contract to supply and maintain six 10-car locomotive-hauled trainsets for the Cairo - Alexandria route.

The aim is to reduce overcrowding and improve service quality, safety and energy efficiency on the 208 km route, which has 32 daily through trains each way with a journey time of around 3½ h, and carries 30% of ENR's total ridership.

The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is considering providing Egypt with a sovereign loan of up to €126m to support the €171m project. On March 7 EBRD said that 'given the complex operating environment in Egypt', it is co-ordinating its efforts with the World Bank and managers from Italian national railway group FS who have been seconded to ENR to support its long-term institutional reform programme.

The use of an availability-based contract for the new trains is intended to increase the role of the private sector in ENR's activities and help develop a whole-life approach to costs as a pilot for future fleet management.

EBRD also envisages the provision of technical assistance to improve security, in particular 'to better address the needs of women travellers in the design, delivery and management of train operations through a gender-informed safety and security assessment', and provide 'customised operational recommendations to improve railway transport safety for families'.

Proposals for high speed lines from Cairo to Alexandria and Asyut were described by Dr Mahmoud Ahmed Mousa Ali of DB International in the February 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International, which subscribers can access in the digital archive
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OUTSOURCING IN EGYPT

On April 1, 2014 In Egypt

It is reported that aspects of rail services provided by the state-owned Egyptian National Railways (ENR) are to be outsourced to the private sector. Both maintenance and management functions are to be included. It is understood that contracts are being drawn up with World Bank assistance.
- See more at: http://www.railwaysafrica.com/blog/2....5ozxF9Xj.dpuf
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Proposals for high speed lines from Cairo to Alexandria and Asyut were described by Dr Mahmoud Ahmed Mousa Ali of DB International in the February 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International, which subscribers can access in the digital archive

SSC Egypt : CAIRO - ALEXANDRIA | High Speed Rail | Proposed


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EXPRESS: l’impegno del Gruppo FS nell’Italia meridionale e nei Paesi del mediterraneo

Gli interventi infrastrutturali in Puglia, Molise e Basilicata. I progetti avviati nei Paesi del Mediterraneo


Bari, 23 giugno 2011

Le Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane promuovono il convegno “MED-EXPRESS: Ricerca, Innovazione, Analisi e prospettive socio – economiche per l’infrastrutturazione ferroviaria dei paesi Med.” E’ il secondo momento di confronto, ad un anno di distanza dal convegno “IL SISTEMA INTEGRATO DEI TRASPORTI NELL’AREA DEL MEDITERRANEO - Esperienze e Proposte a Confronto” svoltosi sempre a Bari lo scorso anno.

Il Gruppo FS gioca un ruolo fondamentale nella partita che vede il Sud – Est dell’Italia, in particolare la Puglia, naturale porta d’ingresso per i traffici provenienti dai paesi del Mediterraneo e del Medio Oriente. Partendo da un esame sul progresso della ricerca e l’innovazione nel campo dell’ingegneria ferroviaria, l’incontro odierno rappresenta un’occasione per approfondire lo stato delle relazioni politiche e economiche tra UE e Mondo Arabo, al fine di analizzare le principali questioni connesse alla sicurezza, alla struttura dei mercati finanziari ed alle dinamiche socio – politiche nell’ambito del progetto di infrastrutturazione trasportistica dell’area Med.

Presenti al convegno Mauro Moretti, Amministratore Delegato di Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, Guglielmo Minervini, Assessore regionale alle Infrastrutture strategiche e Mobilità, Paolo Garonna, Presidente della Fondazione ABI- ANIA, Bashir Siman, Presidente di Al Farida Investmenents Company, Stefano Silvestri, Presidente dell’Istituto Affari Internazionali, Sergio Marini, Presidente della Camera di Commercio Italo-Araba, Piero Montinari, Presidente di Confindustria Puglia e Franco Rizzi, Segretario Generale dell’Unione delle Università del Mediterraneo.

I progetti di interconnessione dei principali porti meridionali alla rete ferroviaria nazionale, l’ammodernamento e il potenziamento della rete regionale, il collegamento diretto della dorsale ferroviaria jonico-adriatica (AV/AC Bari – Napoli) e il completamento della Direttrice Adriatica rientrano in una strategia che allarga e varca i confini nazionali.

Infatti, il Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane ricopre ormai da anni una posizione di primo piano sul mercato internazionale nell’ambito dell’ingegneria ferroviaria e dello sviluppo dei progetti strategici. Da gennaio 2011 l’Arab Fund ha incaricato il Gruppo FS, tramite la controllata Italferr, di sviluppare il Piano Generale dei Trasporti Ferroviari nei 21 Paesi della Lega Araba. L’area, che insiste largamente sul bacino del mediterraneo, include tutti i Paesi dell’Africa settentrionale e del Medio Oriente. Lo studio ha forte valenza strategica perché determinerà le priorità dei progetti ferroviari dell’area.

Il Gruppo FS è impegnato in Egitto per supportare le Ferrovie egiziane nel difficile percorso di risanamento ed ammodernamento della più importante rete ferroviaria dell’area mediterranea e mediorientale. Inoltre Italferr (società di ingegneria del Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato) ha acquisito l’incarico di effettuare lo studio di prefattibilità della linea ad alta velocità Il Cairo - Alessandria, nonché il progetto del sistema di segnalamento delle tratte Benha–El Qantara e Zagaziz-Abu Kebir.

In Algeria, tramite Italferr, le FS operano dal 2008. Per cinque anni, con personale in loco, garantiranno l’assistenza tecnica ad ANESRIF, agenzia governativa incaricata di implementare il piano d’investimenti nel settore ferroviario, per lo sviluppo di un ambizioso programma ferroviario che prevede la progettazione di nuove linee, la gestione delle gare d’appalto e la direzione dei lavori per il completamento del programma di investimenti infrastrutturali. Inoltre, sempre Italferr, ha ottenuto un incarico di assistenza tecnica dalle Ferrovie algerine per lo studio della riforma ferroviaria.

Con il Marocco il Gruppo FS ha rinnovato (ottobre 2010) l’Accordo di cooperazione ferroviaria con le Ferrovie locali (sottoscritto nel 2006) che prevede una collaborazione nei programmi d’investimento per la modernizzazione della rete ferroviaria del Marocco (infrastrutture e tecnologie), nei processi gestionali (controlli di qualità e collaudi, assistenza tecnica) e nella formazione di personale, sia tecnico sia amministrativo. In Libia, invece, il Gruppo FS ha firmato un accordo di cooperazione con le Ferrovie libiche per lo sviluppo dell’infrastruttura e dell’impresa ferroviaria.

Le Ferrovie italiane lavorano da tempo anche in Turchia. Nel novembre 2010 è stato sottoscritto un nuovo accordo di cooperazione con Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Develet Demiryollari (TCDD), le Ferrovie turche, per sviluppare iniziative congiunte nei mercati limitrofi alla Turchia, in Medio Oriente e in Asia. L’obiettivo è fornire supporti specializzati e tecnico/ingegneristici per lo sviluppo delle infrastrutture ferroviarie, adottando le eccellenze tecnologiche e infrastrutturali made in Italy. Inoltre Italferr ha alcuni contratti in corso di svolgimento, sempre con le Ferrovie turche (TCDD), per la progettazione di due impianti di manutenzione per treni AV e per la assistenza tecnica per l’analisi del mercato merci nel Paese.

In Siria, attraverso la controllata Italferr (società di ingegneria), il Gruppo FS, sta lavorando sin dal 2000. Fra l’autunno 2008 e la primavera 2009 Italferr, insieme ai tecnici siriani, ha redatto lo studio di fattibilità per il potenziamento infrastrutturale e tecnologico della linea Aleppo – Damasco, principale asse ferroviario della Siria. Nell’ottobre 2010, inoltre, è stato siglato un accordo per creare una Società mista fra Italferr (Gruppo FS) e Chemins de Fer Syrien (CFS) per fornire, nei prossimi anni, servizi d’ingegneria ferroviaria alla Siria e ai Paesi del Medio Oriente.

Le Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, con Italferr e in consorzio con altre società italiane, hanno poi predisposto il Piano Nazionale dei Trasporti del nuovo Iraq.
http://www.fsnews.it/cms/v/index.jsp...008916f90aRCRD


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The FS Group is committed to Egypt to support the Egyptian National Railways in the difficult process of rehabilitation and modernization of the largest rail network in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Moreover Italferr (engineering firm of State Railways Group) acquired the task of carrying out the feasibility study of the high-speed Cairo - Alexandria, and the draft of the signaling system of routes Benha El-Qantara and Abu-Zagaziz Kebir.

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Prefeasibility study of the HS Cairo-Alexandria line

The Egyptian Ministry of Transport has assigned Italferr with the development of a Prefeasibility Study for an about 220-km long High Speed line to connect Cairo with Alexandria, two of the most populated cities in Africa and in the world (Cairo - population of about 18 million and Alexandria - 6 million).

The study looked at the technical-economic feasibility of the new rail corridor destined mainly to passengers with a maximum project speed of 300km/h (100 km/h for urban areas).

The project has included:
• market analysis (study of the current and future supply and demand)
• definition of service levels which the new line should guarantee
• analysis of the infrastructural alternatives able to satisfy the line performance
• analysis of the consequent service alternatives
• estimate of investment costs
• financial sustainability of the investment.
http://www.italferr.it/cms/v/index.j...008916f90aRCRD




http://www.ustda.gov/egyptforward/pr...esentation.pdf

210 km for 4,3 billions $





http://www.ustda.gov/egyptforward/pr...%206.30.11.pdf


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For the moment, only an uppgrade of the existing line :

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CAIRO-ALEXANDRIA ELECTRIC SIGNALS

On June 18, 2013 In Egypt

The World Bank is to fund the installation of “advanced” electric signalling on the main line between Cairo and Alexandria by Thales of France in a project worth E£938 million, according to an announcement by the country’s cabinet. The four-year project will include building a central control tower to coordinate train traffic.

http://www.railwaysafrica.com/blog/2...ctric-signals/


French article and sum-up :

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Thalès remporte le contrat de signalisation d'une ligne ferroviaire en Egypte

Egyptian National Railways a attribué à Thalès un contrat de 109 millions d'euros portant sur la conception, l'installation et l'entretien d'un nouveau système de signalisation sur la ligne ferroviaire Le Caire-Alexandrie.

Avec 25 millions de passagers par an, la ligne Le Caire-Alexandrie (208 km) est la plus empruntée en Egypte. Moderniser la signalisation permettrait de porter la limitation de vitesse à 160 km/h au lieu des 140 km/h actuels et à 32 millions le nombre d'usagers par an. Thalès a été chargé par Egyptian National Railways de concevoir, d'installer et d'assurer l'entretien d'un nouveau système de signalisation mais aussi des télécommunications et des systèmes de contrôles centralisés du trafic. Ce projet n'est que la première étape de l'ambitieux programme de rénovation des systèmes de signalisation du réseau ferroviaire égyptien engagé par le ministère des transports et Egyptian National Railways.

Source : railwaygazette.com
Par la rédaction, le 29/05/2013
N.B. la ligne Le Caire-Alexandrie fait 200 Km et les trains directs sans arrêts mettent 2h30 il y a un train par heure
- 140 km/h to 160 km/h
- 25 millions passengers year to 32 millions

Maybe a direct train from Cairo to Alexandria in 02h10min instead of 02h30.

With track renovation, it maybe could be 200 km/h. It depends on system used by Thales.
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Old May 28th, 2014, 12:54 PM   #9
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French technology group Thales and The Ministry of Transport of Egypt have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish an Egyptian Academy of Transport, Science and Technology in the north of Cairo.
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Again about HSR:

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RFP issued for Egyptian high-speed rail study
Thursday, May 29, 2014

THE Egyptian Ministry of Transport has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a contract to carry out a commercial feasibility study for the proposed 1087km Alexandria – Cairo – Luxor – Aswan high-speed corridor

The scope of the study will include demand forecasting, travel market analysis, and financial modelling for the project. This will form the basis for a detailed action plan covering technical, financial, legal and environmental aspects of the project.

According to the RFP, the line would be built in three phases: Alexandria – Cairo; Cairo – Luxor; and Luxor – Aswan, with the possibility of a link from Luxor to Hurghada on the Red Sea coast in the longer-term.

A two-tier railway is being proposed, with a double-track 180km/h electrified line at the lower level linking all major cities on the route and two 350km/h tracks above which would serve just five stations: Alexandria, Giza (for the Cairo area), Asyout, Luxor, and Aswan. The north-south corridor will run through desert areas immediately to the west of the Nile valley.

The closing date for the RFP is June 12 and the study is expected to take 60-90 days to complete.

The Egyptian government revived the high-speed proposals earlier this year and in March transport minister Mr Ibrahim El-Demeiry said the project would be "a top priority"
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ENR awards Nile valley resignalling contract
Friday, January 16, 2015



EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has awarded Alstom a contract worth around €100m to supply signalling equipment for the resignalling of the 240km Beni Suef – Asyut section of the Cairo – Luxor line

Delivery will start in 2016 and the project is due to be completed by January 2019. The system will be configured to accommodate the future rollout of ETCS Level 1 on this route.

Electromechanical interlockings will be replaced with Alstom Smartlock electronic interlockings and the line will also be equipped with automatic level crossings. Alstom will also supply trackside equipment, power supplies, and telecommunications for the project, which is being financed by the World Bank as part of ENR's broader signalling modernisation programme
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Chinese company wins Egyptian track upgrading contract
Wednesday, April 15, 2015



EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has awarded a $US 600m track upgrading contract to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), a subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC)

This is an initial contract for track work on the network, and both parties will negotiate a detailed agreement to determine exactly what work needs to be done.

Egypt's Ministry of Transport allocated ENR $US 850m for upgrades to the network for the 2014-15 financial year, although ENR estimates that it needs to spend around $US 10.5bn over the next few years to bring the network up to a satisfactory condition

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Ineco studies Cairo - Luxor high speed line
28 May 2015



EGYPT: Spanish state-owned engineering consultancy Ineco announced on May 27 that it is to carry out a feasibility study for building a high speed line between Cairo and Luxor.

According to Ineco, this 600 km route between the country’s two principal cities would be major addition to Egypt’s tourist infrastructure

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There are nice railways services in Egypt.
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With max of 300 km/h trip between Alexandria and Cairo may take something like 1 hour or 1h 10 min practically merging them into one agglomeration.
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I would love to travel via train in Egypt. Lovely place to visit a historic place.
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Egypt to procure long-distance passenger trains
Tuesday, November 03, 2015



EGYPTIAN National Railways (ENR) has issued a general procurement notice regarding its plans to upgrade the passenger service on the busy 208km Cairo – Alexandria corridor and possibly on the 879km main line from Cairo south to Luxor and Aswan

ENR was granted a €126m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (ERDB) in May 2014 and it intends to use this to fund the procurement of a fleet of energy-efficient locomotive-hauled passenger trains. The contract would also cover maintenance of the new trains

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EBRD to support Egyptian rail freight reform
10 Aug 2016



EGYPT: The European Bank for Reconstruction & Development is considering providing a sovereign loan of up to €150m to support a €224m plan for Egyptian National Railways to purchase up to 50 diesel locomotives as part of a strategy to reform and commercialise the rail freight sector.

The intention is that the new locomotives would be provided under a competitively tendered supply and maintenance contract and would offer greater availability, reliability, efficiency and environmental performance than the current fleet. Outsourced maintenance would be undertaken at a new depot to be built on ENR land

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