We will build a modern railway system, says RVR boss Business

30/10/2012 (The Observer - Uganda):Sammy Gachuhi is the acting general manager of Rift Valley Railways (Uganda). He talked to Michael Mubangizifollowing our recent article (Workers want govt action on railways) and shed more light on the state of affairs in the railway industry. Excerpts:

What’s your response to the views and remarks expressed in our recent article about the Rift Valley Railway (Uganda) that touched on the tale of dwindling revenue and low staff morale?

We have looked at the article and there are a number of issues that we feel are not reflective of RVR as a business at the moment. These include issues related to corporate governance, maintenance of assets especially the buildings, the state of the culverts and issues to do with our HR manager memo to staff plus information you quoted from the minister of Works [and Transport]...


Etihad Rail Federal Government Coordination Committee meets to discuss routes of the Railway Network

30/10/2012 (Al Bawaba -Jordan): The Federal Government Coordination Committee for Etihad Rail, the master developer and operator of the UAE’s national railway network, met recently to discuss the route of Stages Two and Three of the rail network and the process for ensuring the necessary land allocation to connect the country’s ports, industrial areas and urban communities. The committee also discussed further ways of ensuring the close coordination and collaboration of the various federal and local government entities to ensure the timely delivery of the project.

Railway boom to shape Gulf economies in $100bn project

01/11/2012 (Gulf Times - UAE):A century after Lawrence of Arabia cut the Damascus-Medina railway, Gulf governments are embarking on plans to restore long-distance rail transport in the region and extend it across the Arabian Peninsula. 
Official figures suggest around $100bn may be spent by the end of this decade laying over 6,000km (3,750 miles) of track for both national lines and a route linking all the states in the Gulf Co-operation Council: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain. 

The governments face big technical challenges, such as making six national rail systems compatible and building on the shifting sands of remote deserts... 

Railgrup delegation visits Turkey

31/10/2012 (Spanish Railways News - Spain): A group of representatives of the Spanish railway cluster Railgrup and those in charge of five companies travelled to Turkey as part of the organisation’s “Business Development” project to analyse the Turkish rail market and its future prospects as well as to gain first-hand knowledge of its main agents and companies...

Georgia informs Turkey about BTK construction progress

02/11/2012 (Vestnik - Russia): Georgian Minister for Regional Development and Infrastructure David Narmania and Turkish Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Georgia Levant Murat Burkhan discussed construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway (BTK).

Special attention was paid to the Marabda-Tetritskaro-Tsalka-Akhalkalaki-Kartsakhi railway line. Narmania described the progress and the economic benefits the railway will bring to Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan...

Iranian railways company inks 1b deal to expand infrastructure

03/11/2012 (Tehran Times - Iran): TEHRAN - The Iranian Railways Company has inked a deal, worth €1 billion, with the National Development Fund and the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade to boost rail infrastructures, ISNA quoted Railways Company’s managing director Abdol-Ali Saheb-Mohammadi as saying.

He added that the company has the potential to build 350 kilometers of railroads per year.
Some 11,000 kilometers of railroads are being built across the country, he noted.
Roughly 420 kilometers of railroad will be constructed by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2013), Saheb-Mohammadi further ..

A Russian bridge across Eurasia

 03/11/2012 (The Hindu - India): In a few days many heads of state and government will take part in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Vientiane, Laos.

This forum is justly called unique. Established in 1996, it brings together countries from Europe, South Asia and the Pacific region. In essence, ASEM is a platform for finding answers in a rapidly changing world. On the one hand, our world is characterised by globalisation and increasing global interdependence, and on the other by regionalisation, and the increasing significance of the most rapidly developing regions.


China CNR signs $1.16 bln sales contracts

05/11/2012 (Morning Whistle - China): China CNR Corporation Limited (601299.SH), the country’s second-largest train manufacturer, said Monday that it has signed 13 sales contracts worth 7.24 billion yuan ($1.159 billion), after Beijing stressed rail investment over the last month.

Five of the contracts, which were signed with China’s Ministry of Railways (MOR), are worth over 5 billion yuan, while three of the deals were export contracts to the United States and Australia and are worth about 459 million yuan...

Bloodshed on railways

13/11/2012 (The Egyptian Gazette - Egypt)

: COMING as it did just few weeks following a saddening train derailment that killed six people in Qalyoub to the north of Cairo, the tragic collision on Saturday of a Cairo-bound train from Fayyoum and another one heading opposite should serve as a serious reminder of the grave human, economic and social losses if the so-called ‘railway bloodshed’ is left as unstoppable as it has so far seemed. With a train mishap catching the news every now and then, the issue has doubtlessly exceeded the limits of interpretation as one of random or casual occurrence that could be understood and managed as part of the risks of modern life..

UAE rail firm inks Spanish link to pursue Qatar deals

13/11/2012 (Arabian Business - UAE): UAE-based Advance Rail Group (ARG) has formed a new partnership with Spanish construction giant Dragados to pursue rail projects in Qatar.

The companies signed a joint venture agreement to bid for railway projects that are part of Qatar Railways' multi-billion dollar rail programme, with a particular focus on the Doha Metro...


Tk 8.49bln railway project okayed

13/11/2012 (bdnews24.com - Bangladesh): Dhaka, Nov 13 (bdnews24.com)–The government on Tuesday approved a development project for Bangladesh Railway with an outlay of Tk 8.49 billion to improve rail communication in the north and south parts of the capital and ease traffic congestion in the city. 
The approval came from a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) held at the NEC conference room in the city's Sher-e-Banglanagar with ECNEC Chairperson Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. ..

Belarusian Railways expedites container service

13/11/2012 (Belarusian Telegraf Agency - Bielorusian): MINSK, 13 November (BelTA) – Belarusian Railways is working to develop a new scheme for cargo transportation using unified consignment bills, the Belarusian Railways press service told BelTA.
The scheme has been used for the first time for a train loaded with 42 forty-foot containers full of computer equipment. The train shuttles between the Chinese city of Chungking and the German city of Duisburg. The train left the Chinese city on 31 October to arrive at the station Brest East in the Belarusian city of Brest in the evening of 13 November. After the necessary procedures are completed, it will go on to the European Union. The train crosses six countries: China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany..

Kenya modernises the 'lunatic line' as it opens first train station in 80 years

13/11/2012 (The Telegrafh - UK): When 19th century British engineers hacked through the savannah to build Kenya’s first railway, man-eating lions, malarial swamps and spiralling costs prompted derision from home, with the venture dubbed “the lunatic line”.

Although more than 1,700 miles of tracks were eventually laid by the British, decades of post-independence mismanagement has now left the country with less than 700 miles of operational railway...


In 2016 high-speed railway line will reach Bulgaria from Turkey: Bulgarian President

29/11/2012 (Focus Information Agency - Bulgaria): Istanbul. In 2016 the high-speed railway line will reach Bulgaria from Turkey, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said at a news briefing for Bulgarian journalists in Istanbul, FOCUS News Agency’s reporter Yana Netsova informs. Turkey is doing work that is extremely useful to Europe by building a high-speed railway line which will connect Azerbaijan at a speed of 250 km/h. In 2016 it will reach the Bulgarian border, said the president...

Transport Corridor offers many opportunities for Indo-Russian trade

29/11/2012 (Russia and India Report - Russia):The proposed corridor is meant to serve as a corridor of peace as a bulk of the trading in the region would be handled by a well established railway link that starts from India and eventually connects to Russia via Iran...

Can’t fund Kerala’s high speed link: railway ministry

25/11/2012 Livemint - India):(Bangalore: A proposal by the Kerala government to establish a high-speed railway link in the state, extending till Mangalore in Karnataka, has received lukewarm response from the railway ministry, as it does not have sufficient funds to finance the project...


China introduces cold-proof trains to withstand sharp temperature changes

29/11/2012 (China Daily - China):CHANGCHUN, Nov 28 (Xinhua) -- High-speed trains expected to travel across China's frigid northeastern regions are designed to withstand sharp changes in temperature, a chief engineer said Wednesday. The country's first cold-proof, high-speed trains are expected to begin operation Saturday. Problems due to sharp changes in temperature once forced Eurostar, a European railway service, to halt services in 2009. The problems appear to have been solved in China's high-speed trains...

Kibaki calls for more investment in railway systems

29/11/2012 (Kenya Broadcasting Corporation- Kenya):There is need to invest heavily in rehabilitating and expanding of the rail systems in East Africa Community in order to enhance cheaper transportation of goods in the region, President Mwai Kibaki has said. The Head of State maintained that transporting goods by rail is not only cheaper than using the road but also will prolong the life spans for the newly constructed and rehabilitated roads in the region...