Morocco to get Africa's first high-speed train in 2018

20/04/2017 (Africa News - China): -  RABAT, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Morocco will get the first high-speed train in Africa in the summer of 2018, the national rail operator ONCF announced on Wednesday. The work on the TGV, "high-speed train" in French, has achieved 86 percent, said Mohamed Rabie Khlie, the director general of ONCF, during an international meeting on train safety held in the northern city of Tangier. The official said Morocco doubled the investment dedicated to the development of its trains and railways in the last decade, which reached 3.4 billion U.S. dollars between 2010 and 2015...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/20/c_136221476.htm

Kenya’s $4bn railway gains traction from Chinese policy ambitions

04/04/2017 (FT - UK): A few miles outside the town of Makindu on the Nairobi-Mombasa road sits a heavily guarded compound. Only the sign outside, in red Chinese lettering, indicates that this is the project site for “section 9” of a new $4bn Chinese-built railway that will run 300 miles between the Kenyan capital and the Indian Ocean port.High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article.
The railway is the centrepiece of an infrastructure splurge by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces re-election this year and whose Kenyan government has invested heavily in roads, pipelines, oil development and geothermal power...

https://www.ft.com/content/d0fd50ee-1549-11e7-80f4-13e067d5072c

A Futuristic Israeli Peace Plan — Minus The Peace

13/04/2017 (NYJW - USA): TEL AVIV (JTA) – Gaza is rebuilt. The West Bank is flourishing. And the trains run from Tel Aviv to Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital. This is the peaceful future being pitched by Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz. In recent months, he has been shopping around a pair of ambitious economic initiatives that he says could reshape the Middle East to Israel’s advantage: a regional railway system and an artificial island off the coast of Gaza.

http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/a-futuristic-israeli-peace-plan-minus-the-peace/

Turkey: BTK railway to be commissioned in late June

28/04/2017 (Trend - Azerbaijan): The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway will be commissioned in late June 2017, Ahmet Arslan, Turkish minister of transport, maritime and communication, said while observing the railway construction in the Kars Province. Cargo from China, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be delivered to Europe via the BTK through the territory of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, Turkish media outlets reported citing the minister. Arslan noted that relevant bodies are working to eliminate all obstacles for the timely completion of the railway construction. “Turkish president and prime minister carefully observe the process of the BTK construction,” the minister said, adding the railway is extremely important for Turkey, as it will bring a significant part of cargo transportation to the Turkish territory.

http://en.trend.az/world/2747696.html

Turkish company to build railway in Tanzania

14/04/2017 (Sabah - Turkey): The foundation for the Dar es-Salaam-Morogoro railway project, a joint venture by Turkish and Portuguese companies to link East Africa in Tanzania to the Indian Ocean, has been laid. Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, Works, Transport and Communication Minister Makame M. Mbarawa, Turkish Ambassador to Dar es-Salaam Yasemin Eralp, Yapı Merkezi Construction Deputy Chairman Erdem Arıoğlu and other relevant parties attended the ground laying ceremony in Dar es-Salaam.

https://www.dailysabah.com/economy/2017/04/15/turkish-company-to-build-railway-in-tanzania

Challenges Ahead For China’s Belt And Road Project

01/05/2017 (Vestnik - Russia): China’s bid to expand its economic presence in Eurasia – embodied in its “Belt and Road” initiative – requires a major upgrade of railway capacity, especially in Central Asia. Planning and implementing the upgrade entails significant challenges involving coordination, both domestically among various Chinese state agencies and entities, and internationally between China and Central Asian states. Eurasia Review reports in its article Central Asia: Challenges Ahead For China’s Belt And Road Project, theat the concept relies on three trunk lines running through Central Asia.

http://vestnikkavkaza.net/analysis/Challenges-Ahead-For-China%E2%80%99s-Belt-And-Road-Project.html

Will the North–South Transport Corridor Overshadow the Baku–Tbilisi–Kars Railway?

24/04/2017 (JTF - USA): Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s official visit to Iran in early March 2017—his third in three years—was scheduled to include the testing of a section of a new railway along the Iran-Azerbaijan border. The Astara (Iran)–Astara (Azerbaijan) railroad is part of the North–South Transport Corridor (NSTC), which is currently under construction. During Aliyev’s visit, two intergovernmental memoranda of understanding (MoU) were signed. The first MoU dealt with preventing money laundering and financing terrorism. The more high profile, however, was the signed document on the expansion of railroad links (Tasnimnews.com, March 5). 

https://jamestown.org/program/will-north-south-transport-corridor-overshadow-baku-tbilisi-kars-railway/

Russia, Iran sign $1.28bn railway electrification deal

05/04/2017 (Trade Arabia - Bahrain): Russia and Iran have signed a €1.2-billion ($1.28 billion) contract for the electrification a key railway line in Iran, a report said. Russian Railways' export business RZD International and Islamic Republic of Iran Railways (IRIR) signed the contract for the electrification of the 495-km route from Garmsar, Semnan Province on the Tehran–Mashhad main line to Incheh-Borun on the border with Turkmenistan, said the Iran Daily report. The scope of the work includes 25 kV 50 Hz electrification and track, signalling and telecommunications enhancement to increase capacity on the route. It also covers the supply of maintenance vehicles and electric locomotives as well as the provision of technical assistance during the first year of electric operation, the report said.

https://www.tradearabia.com/index.php?/news/CONS_322943.html

Russia's RZD completes railway section revamp in Serbia 

19/04/2017 (See News - Serbia): BELGRADE (Serbia), April 19 (SeeNews) - Russian railway engineering company RZD International said on Wednesday it has completed ahead of schedule the reconstruction of the Vinarci - Djordjevo railway section of Trans-European transport Corridor X in Serbia. The project included the full rehabilitation of more than 15 km of track line, laying of eight switches, reconstruction of 11 road crossings, main tracks at the Leskovac and Djordjevo stations and 350 m of low platforms, drainage system works, as well as rehabilitation of signalling and telecommunications systems, the Russian company said in a statement. Reconstruction works on the railway section were performed together with Serbian subcontractors during 36-hour technological traffic breaks without halting traffic altogether. After the reconstruction, the maximum travel speed on the section, which previously did not exceed 50 km/h, can be raised up to 120 km/h, RZD International added.

https://seenews.com/news/russias-rzd-completes-railway-section-revamp-in-serbia-565657

Railway expansion project: Ghana in talks with Russia

07/04/2017 (Starrfm Online - Ghana): A delegation from the Russian Railway Company is in Ghana to discuss ways of improving the West African country’s railway system. The delegation has met the Minister for Railway Development, Joe Ghartey and the outcome of the negotiations would soon be made known. This was disclosed by the Russian Ambassador to Ghana, Dmitry Suslov. It is not clear what the nature of the negotiations are, but Ghana could be seeking to tap into the expertise of Russia as that country has the third best railway network in the world. According to the Russian diplomat to Ghana, the team “is working very seriously. They have met the minister and very soon, you’ll know the results of the negotiations.” He was speaking at a joint conference organized by leading Russian automotive manufacturers; UAZ, GAZ, and KamAZ, and Universal Motors Ltd to the Russia Automotive Day.

http://starrfmonline.com/2017/04/07/railway-expansion-project-ghana-in-talks-with-russia/