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Old October 14th, 2009, 03:08 AM   #21
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Ewwww, dude those are the old trains, and those photos are from like the early 90s... this thread is about the new, future plans, do you have any pics of the new trains???
Excuse me, but that all what i find for egyptian railway... if you have new pics, you or other formers, i will be happy to see them.

if finde this article:

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Infrastructure in Egypt- Ambitious development projects
By David Morgan
Saturday, 19 September 2009 23:03


“People will invest in what they can see and feel: infrastructure…There is no sustainable growth without transportation,” Mahamed Mansour, Egypt’s Minister of Transport, has stated.
Mansour, the country’s transport minister since 2005, has pointed to massive growth in the country’s rail sector. Egyptian National Railways (ENR) has plans to increase rolling stock and convert stations into shopping malls to generate revenue.

Egypt is encouraging various types of contractors—from electrification to signage, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and design and engineering firms—to form joint ventures with Egyptian organizations and start breaking into the market. Opportunities exist for businesses of all sizes, Mansour told a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt (AmCham). He said even though money is tight in many parts of the world, spending continues in Egypt.
According to Mansour, the infrastructure and transport sector in Egypt recently attracted $3.5 billion in foreign direct investment and will continue to grow. As in any country, he said, infrastructure is the backbone of Egypt’s economy.

A recent report into the country’s infrastructure sector published by Business Monitor International (BMI) sees Egypt’s GDP growing at a real 3.7% in 2009, a marked slowdown from the 7.2% in 2008 and 7.1% in 2007.

Infrastructure activity has slowed even more sharply, the report says. The Egyptian government said earlier this year that it would double its stimulus spending to EGP30bn ($5.4bn), with the intention of spending half of that in the first part of the year.
BMI expects the construction sector to show 1.73% real growth in 2009, down from 10.32% a year earlier. Despite, the slowdown, however, the report highlights opportunities for investors in the sector. For example, the transport network is in need of an upgrade and the many project announcements from the Egyptian Ministry of Investment make clear how much work needs to be done.

Two major road contracts were awarded in the latest quarter, one for another phase of the third Metro line in Cairo and a second for a section of the Cairo to Alexandria Highway.
The transport minister announced in February 2008 that an investment of EGP90bn ($16.3bn) would be made in the country’s road, rail, port and waterway infrastructure over a five-year period. Mansour estimated that the road network will receive an investment of EGP30bn ($5.46bn) through PPPs. The rail network will receive EGP10bn ($1.82bn). Upgrades to Egypt’s port sector, estimated at EGP50bn ($9.11bn), will be funded through the private sector – Chinese and UAE companies are already involved in expansion projects.

One of the most important aspects of Egypt’s transport infrastructure is its ports. Maritime vessels are catered for by nine ports and harbours across Egypt, principally at Alexandria, Port Said, Damietta and most importantly, Suez. The share of Egypt’s freight carried by sea is estimated at 28.64% for 2008, and this looks set grow slightly to 29.80% by 2012. The volume of freight carried by sea also looks set to increase, with a growth rate of 6.92% forecasted between 2008 and 2012. This highlights the importance of Egypt’s ports to its economy.

The Suez Canal was opened in 1869, and connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea via a 190km passageway. It is one of the busiest waterways in the world, and one of Egypt’s main sources of revenue. The government-run Suez Canal Authority claims that 7.5% of the world’s sea trade passes through the canal.

Railways
Egypt has a major investment programme in the railways being implemented since 2007. A budget of EPG9bn ($1.7bn) over three years is being invested with contributions from government, the World Bank and the private sector. However, the priority is to modernise the existing infrastructure and therefore address the pressing safety issues, before adding more capacity or extending the rail network. There are plans for new lines around the Nile Delta and also a 225km line running from Ismailia to El Arish (in Sinai) and Rafah (in Gaza). Investors who are in for the long haul will benefit from these investments.

Tenders submitted in July for the rebuilding of 1,300 level crossings exceeded the budget of Egyptian National Railways (ENR), which had estimated the tender price to be $402mn.
One casualty of financing problems is the proposed line between Obour City and the Tenth of Ramadan City, which is expected to cost $4.69bn. Egypt and Italy are jointly studying a high-speed rail link between Cairo and Alexandria and a government official said he expected the study would find the project to be feasible.

Vinci Construction Grand Projects and Orascom Construction Industries Ltd. are part of a consortium that received a €323mn ($465.12mn) contract for phase two of Cairo’s third metro line. Arab Contractors Bouygues, Colas Rail of France, Alstom and the Thales Group are also involved in the project.

The project involves 7.2km of tunnel and four stations. A Vinci subsidiary was part of the consortium that won the contract for laying the rail, Egypt said it expects a study by September into the feasibility of a high-speed railway line on the 200km stretch from Cairo to Alexandria. The study is being jointly by Egypt and Italy. An Egyptian official told Reuters that the country believes the study will find the project to be feasible.

Airports
Egypt has 88 airports as of 2007, 72 of which have paved runways. Improvements to the country’s airports – both expansions and upgrades – are being made to cater for increased airline passenger numbers.

According to Daily News Egypt, the Egyptian Ministry of Investment has announced several ambitious airport projects. The plans include an EGP2bn project for a new Mubarek Airport in Cairo, an allocation of EGP6bn for other new airports and EGP5bn towards airport improvements.
The 76-page Egypt Infrastructure Report Q4 2009 is published by Business Monitor International Ltd.

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Thanks for the article yorktown

Sorry if i offended you about the pics, I was saying ewww at the pics, not about you

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Old October 15th, 2009, 12:40 AM   #24
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Egyptian Transport and Infrastructure Thread

This thread does include general infrastructure, power plants, communications, bridges, roads, highways, railways, metro etc. You can also post articles in this thread about geneal transportation.

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Old October 15th, 2009, 12:49 AM   #25
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But if there are threads such as this one which are about general transport, and if they combine aviation, railways and roads then post it here. If there is an article about aviation only.

We are not there yet, says Minister of Transport

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CAIRO: The Minister of Transport Mohamed Mansour addressed members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt at AmCham’s first meeting of the fall, entitled “Transport in Egypt: Have We Achieved?”

Mansour addressed the assembled representatives from the private sector as old friends, opening with a relieved-sounding “It’s good to be home.” As a former president of AmCham and head of Al Mansour Motor Group, Mansour somewhat ruefully acknowledged his life-changing transition to the ministry four years earlier.

For the “friendly faces” at AmCham, the minister chose to recite a litany of achievements made by the ministry of transport, achievements that a less sympathetic group might characterize as “too little, too late.” AmCham itself proved ready to tease their former president, opening with the song “One Way Ticket to the Blues” and a photo of a train.

The minister’s initial remarks seemed almost dispirited, calling the transport sector “the most challenging,” even for those from the private sector who “carry DNA for success.” Indulging in further transportation humor, he joked, “But there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Mansour quoted Egypt’s oft-repeated 4.7 percent growth rate and revealed that the transport sector had grown by 8.1 percent during the same period, helping to drive Egypt’s economy.

He dove into the five key priorities of the ministry: development of the national road network, the railroad system, sea ports, river transport and, finally, public transport.

He praised the development of the port system, citing that revenues from most global ports had decreased by 20 percent due to the financial crisis, while profit from Egypt’s ports grew. While ships once passed Egypt by, new development in ports such as the “jewel” of East Port Said saw them include Egyptian ports on shipping itineraries.

For the railroad sector, Mansour specified that 126 carriages had been rehabilitated out of 400 total, while 52 stations had been redone. He promised that the Ramses Station would renovated by 2010 and that private companies would have the opportunity to profit from the 140,000 travelers passing through each day. He also announced that LE 200 million had been added to bonuses for Egyptian National Rail workers.

He praised the construction effort for the Metro’s Third Line, at having 90 percent of the project completed six months ahead of schedule.

“Are we there yet?” he asked, and answered himself, “No.”

He thanked the Ministry of Finance for essentially issuing him a blank check.

“In February 2009, [Finance Minister] Yousef Boutros-Ghali called me up and asked how much money I would need to achieve real progress in Egyptian transport. I consulted with advisers and came up with a figure: LE 1.6 billion. The next morning it was done. Since then, we’ve had trouble building roads fast enough to keep up with the funds available.”

He contextualized his presentation as intended to “whet the appetites of bankers and investors,” apparently to help the ministry continue its efforts. The intention to lure money was mirrored by the lavish lunch and Four Seasons’ venue chosen to host the assembled members and corporate sponsors of AmCham.

“Get involved,” the minister urged, “transportation is a main player.”

The presentation of the ministry’s achievements coincides with the release of a report on the transportation sector compiled by APL, a member of the Singapore-based NOR shipping group, titled “Connecting Egypt.” Both the report and the minister’s speech seem geared to attract attention to prime investment opportunities and strong pro-business support from the government.

After taking full responsibility for his ministry’s achievements, Mansour backpedaled slightly when questioned on less satisfactory aspects of the transport sector.

Questioned by Curt Ferguson, executive vice president of AmCham partner, Coca Cola, about the number of traffic accidents that occur on Egyptian roads, the minister explained that only 7 percent of accidents are due to the roads themselves, 75 percent are attributable to a human factor, and the rest to external factors such as the car itself.

Mansour was also quick to communicate that his jurisdiction did not extend to many aspects of transportation in Cairo. However, he previewed an upcoming presidential decree that will bring transportation of the five governorates comprising Cairo, “and all their accompanying head-aches,” under the ministry’s umbrella.

Returning to a congratulatory tone, Ferguson asked whether the ministry had hired a public relations firm to communicate their successes.

“For three years I haven’t been talking, but doing. People need to see results. Now I am talking again. But like the ministries of health and housing, it takes time … I say produce first, answer questions later.”
http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/art...rticleID=25134

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Old October 15th, 2009, 08:09 PM   #26
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Thanks for this thread. Funny, I was just going to create a thread asking why there isn't any topic about Egypt's subways and urban transport.
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Telecom Egypt to offer "triple play" services

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CAIRO: Fixed-line monopoly Telecom Egypt has started rolling out fiber optic cable networks near Cairo to offer "triple play" services, the company said, after the government announced a telecoms tender.

The move by the state-owned group comes as Egypt prepares to open the sector to more competition by offering two combined cable television, telephone and internet licenses that could open the way to breaking Telecom Egypt's fixed-line monopoly.

The government tender for the licenses, expected to generate $1 billion over five years, comes as Telecom Egypt is already facing increased pressure from mobile operators trying to snatch away part of its market share for voice and data.

"Telecom Egypt is adopting a new strategy to roll out fiber access networks in areas with demand for high speed broadband access that reaches 70 megabits/sec," Chief Executive Tarek Tantawy said in a statement on the company's website.

The company said it was launching its first fiber-to-the-home service in the Cairo suburb of Kattamia, and Telecom Egypt would continue to roll out fiber access networks for business and high end residential customers.

Telecom Egypt's move could set the stage for it to compete against any incoming triple play operators, who will initially be limited to working in Egypt's rapidly expanding new residential compounds in suburbs and satellite cities.

The new triple play operators are also likely to have to work with Telecom Egypt's existing infrastructure and the limited scope of the project, at least at first, could still leave Telecom Egypt's monopoly generally intact.

Regional mobile operator Orascom Telecom has said it would likely bid for one of the triple play licenses.

Others tipped to bid include the UAE's Etisalat, which already competes against Mobinil and Vodafone Egypt in Egypt's mobile market.
http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/art...rticleID=25163

Egypt to tender for four Nile river ports in 2010

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Egypt plans to tender for four Nile river cargo ports in 2010, and will announce the results of existing tenders to build two more ports by the end of this year, Transport Ministry officials said on Thursday.

"The plan was to tender for six ports. Then we started with two and the rest will be tendered for in 2010," one source in the ministry told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to speak to the press.

Another Transport Ministry official, Alaa El Ghadban, said the four new tenders were for ports in northern and southern Egypt. The two existing tenders were for ports in the northern Mediterranean city of Alexandria and in Qena in central Egypt.

"We want to create hubs to transport cargo from Alexandria to Upper Egypt via river transport to avoid road accidents," said Ghadban, the ministry's investment consultant.

"Currently, 98 percent of all cargo in Egypt is transported via roads ... Our aim is to transport 20 percent of total cargo in Egypt through the Nile river and railroads within the next four or five years," he added.

Ghadban said concession holders for the ports would have to be majority Egyptian, but that Egypt was also looking for foreign expertise. The ports would be built on a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) basis, he said.

Egyptian Transport Minister Mohamed Mansour said last year that Egypt expected an extra $8.9 billion in private investment in transport, including ports and roads, over three years.

Mansour had said at the time that Egypt would tender for seven road projects and would develop East Said port on the Mediterranean coast, inviting local and foreign investors. –Reuters
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I'm am happy to see that Ramses station is in for a renovation. This is the main intercity train station in Cairo, am I right?
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Yes you are right

They did an awesome upgrade for the Cairo inter-city bus station. Really, its shiny, LCD screens and very modern. Hopefully we'll see the same here.
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Egypt eyes cargo port expansions in Nile

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Egypt will announce the results of existing tenders to build two more ports in the Nile river by the end of this year, according to Transport Ministry officials, Reuters has cited. The two existing tenders were for ports in the northern Mediterranean city of Alexandria and in Qena in central Egypt. Four more cargo ports are eyed in 2010 for tender. The report has cited Transport Ministry official, Alaa El Ghadban as saying 'the four new tenders were for ports in northern and southern Egypt'.
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can you get pics for that new bus station your talkin about?
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Abu Qir power plant total cost at $1.7 billion


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Egypt's Abu Qir power plant, due to come onstream in the first quarter of 2012, will cost a total LE 9.3 billion, the state news agency MENA quoted the electricity minister as saying on Monday.

The OPEC Fund for International Development will lend Egypt $30 million for the project and state-owned West Delta Electricity Company which is in charge of the plant will raise separate funding, Younes said.

The Arab African International Bank arranged a LE 1 billion syndicated loan that West Delta Electricity will use to cover a finance gap at the Abu Qir project, the bank has said.

The thermal-powered plant is part of several projects included in Egypt's 2007-2012 five year plan to raise the country's electricity output.

Egypt, the most populous Arab country, has capacity of about 25,000 megawatts, and around 99.1 percent of its population has access to electricity.

Younes has said that Egypt aims to more than triple its installed power capacity by 2027 by adding 58,000 MW at a cost of about $100 billion to $120 billion. –Reuters
Draft bill to up expenditures on water projects


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The government will submit to Parliament, at its upcoming session, a draft bill to increase expenditures by LE 10 billion to spend on water and wastewater projects, reported Al-Ahram newspaper, quoting Gamal Mubarak, head of the National Democratic Party’s policies committee .

In its daily market report, Beltone Financial said the committee met Monday to discuss papers that will be presented at the NDP's annual meeting, which will commence on October 30.

In a conference call with Beltone Financial in Sept., Egypt’s finance minister said the government has already included LE 8 billion as a second fiscal stimulus package in the fiscal year 2009/2010 budget approved by Parliament, leading to a budget deficit of 8.4 percent of GDP.

Should the government need more spending, he added, it would decide so possibly half way through the fiscal year, when indicators on the first half of the fiscal year are available.

“We had expected the government could decide to increase its infrastructure spending during the current fiscal year and, therefore, expect a budget deficit of 9.1 percent of GDP in fiscal year 2009/2010,” Beltone said in a note.
Companies compete for hospitals, blood bank projects

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Fourteen local and international companies are competing for a project to build two university hospitals and a blood bank at Alexandria University, announced by the Ministry of Higher Education.

Beltone’s daily reported cited an Al-Mal article that said the project will be under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) program, said Rania Zayed, head of the PPP Unit.

The tender will be announced in January 2010, with the companies submitting the technical and financial bids in May 2010 and the partnership contract signed in August of the same year, Zayed said.

The project is part of the government's plan to attract LE 15 billion worth of investments from the private sector in PPP infrastructure projects.

The government launched the PPP program last year and will be submitting a law to regulate the process to Parliament in its new session that starts in November 2009, Beltone reported.

The program aims to reduce the lump sum payments made by the government to establish infrastructure projects, replacing them by payments to the private sector over the lifetime of the projects, in return for construction, maintenance and operation of the projects by the private sector.
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Have also some pics of trains:











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regarding these "new" trains
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...289359&nseq=50
could you just double check for me if that for public transport? because they doesn't look new, they look like old trains that have been painted O_O I don't think there would be any company in the word that would produces such trains with that look and that is one step backward, I feel disappointed from our rail system.
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The train in that link is new. Its a frieght train. It may not look new because of its design, however looks do not determine the age of a train. Its a brand new, good quality train.

However I do agree I hate that "brick" design, I leek the sleek European trains much more.
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Minister of Transportation steps down following train accident

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CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak accepted the resignation of Transportation Minister Mohamed Lotfy Mansour on Monday, a representative from the President’s office said.

Mansour took full responsibility for the Al-Ayyat train crash last Saturday that claimed 18 lives and injured 36 people.

Minister of Electricity, Hassan Younis, was assigned to temporarily supervise the Ministry of Transportation.

“Up until this moment we have no information except that the minister has resigned, there is still no news regarding who will be appointed instead,” Hala Fawzy, official spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation, told Daily News Egypt shortly after the resignation was announced.

“We are not releasing any statements because any new information will be announced by the President’s office or the Cabinet of Ministers,” she added.

The news came as a surprise to sources inside Mansour’s office. “No one knows anything yet…it just happened half an hour ago and it was very sudden,” a source, who chose to remain anonymous, told Daily News Egypt.

The source added that they are not going to release any press statements since the President’s office has already announced the news, giving Mansour’s reason for the resignation.

Last Saturday two trains collided near the village of Girzah, in the area of Al-Ayyat about 40 km south of Cairo, when one train stopped due to a water buffalo which wandered onto the tracks. The second train, heading from Cairo to Assiut, crashed into it from the rear.

On Sunday, however, Mansour had told “Al-Beit Beitak” daily talk show that he does not intend to resign.

“I am responsible for the transportation system in Egypt and I will not step down from my position and relinquish my responsibility,” he said.

The People’s Assembly’s transportation committee held an emergency meeting Monday, during which Presidential Chief of Staff Zakaria Azmy heavily criticized and held the government along with the PA responsible for the train crash, according to the official Egynews.net.

The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Transportation, Health, Local Development and Legal Affairs.

Mansour explained that the accident was a result of “human error” and is not the responsibility of the entire transport system, adding that he has referred 34 officials from the National Railway Authority to an investigative committee.

On the other hand, Minister of Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Councils Mufid Shehab said that the government is equally responsible and that all parties are to blame.

Thirty-five MPs, who are members of the transportation committee at the PA, were present at the meeting, which continued until late hours, during which they have repeatedly demanded Mansour’s resignation.

“Twenty of the MPs are independent and opposition members who have unanimously agreed that Mansour should resign and the majority of the remaining 15 who are members of the National Democratic Party agreed,” said Abdel Fattah Eid, member of the transportation committee who was present at the meeting.

“Personally I don’t think that when Mansour steps down the problem is solved, although it calms down public [fury], the root of the problem is in the system itself and this is what needs to be changed and if another person comes and applies the same strategy accidents will continue to take place and the deterioration will continue,” explained Eid.

MP Abdel Aziz Khalaf, member of the Muslim Brotherhood parliamentary bloc, suggested that Mansour did not resign but was rather fired due to the escalating number of accidents and problems during his tenure “of which there is only one victim, the people, so it was only natural that the government takes action.”

Three railway workers have been charged with involuntary manslaughter after interrogations by the investigative committee at Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud’s office.

Two conductors and a third man who was supposed to be monitoring the tracks but allegedly abandoned his post were also charged with damaging public interest, they are all currently in custody, according to AP.

Mansour is the second transport minister this decade to resign following a deadly train crash. Ibrahim El-Dumairi stepped down from his post after 361 people died when a fire swept through a train in 2002, reported AFP.

Mansour comes from a wealthy family whose company is the sole distributor for General Motors in Egypt.

He survived a maelstrom of criticism in 2006 over the sinking of a ferry that killed more than 1,000 people in one of the deadliest disasters in modern maritime history, AFP stated.

The accident took place only weeks after Mansour had taken office.
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WOW, very, very unexpected Development, hope the next Minister is a good guy, and I hope this doesnt affect any other transport projects.
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Well i expected to hear that i hope that who every come next be Good and i mean it GOOD or more we shouldn't accept less than that, we deserve a better country. and for the train come on let be honest it's just an old train from china or japan and they painted it and they say we have new trains, now days company's are not stupid to have soothing like that, no one on earth would buy something like this, while there is something much better.
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LOL wat r u saying man??

Its is definitely not " just an old train from china or japan and they painted it and they say we have new trains"

Just because it looks square shaped and rigid, does not make it old!! Its just the design of the freight train! This project has been on for quite some time now, and I saw on several TV shows the video of the interiors and stuff and they are new trains..
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well you could change everything and making new, but i know this might be true. but the idea that there is still company design such trains that is hard to fit in my brain, unless it's an Egyptian company in that case there is excuse we're new to the industry, would you mind, if you looked for me what company made that train?

Edit: TBH i like the design of the old trains more!! they look much better, they only need to be cleaned.
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Old October 28th, 2009, 02:22 AM   #40
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The new trains are built by the US company, General Electric, and is the latest model
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