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Locomotives, Railway Trucks and Wagons

Analogue gauges outweigh benefits of electronic instrumentation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 The structure and robustness of analogue pressure-type gauges, coupled with the guaranteed availability of spare parts for locomotives in South Africa, outweigh the benefits of electronic instrumentation that has to be sent away for repair or recalibration, says pressure and temperature... 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups

     4th November 2016 Benoni-based automotive tyre and industrial rubber products producer Dunlop Industrial Products has a high penetration in the African continent where it supplies custom-made solutions, such as the design and supply of vacuum and air brake hoses for State-owned utility Transnet, Passenger Rail... 

Custom-made hoses to be used by railway groups
CUSTOM MADE Dunlop Industrial Products supply custom-made solutions for railway groups and companies globally.

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive diesel technology

     4th November 2016 A South African locomotive fleet that is powered by an electromotive diesel two piston V8, V12 and V16 diesel engine configuration will be the first to benefit from comprehensively equipped heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturing company Metric Automotive Engineering’s sophisticated... 

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive  diesel technology
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPERATIVE STRATEGY Localisation of skills have been cited as a strategic imperative for the railway industry

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 By modifying construction materials and wagon design, original-equipment manufacturer Galison Group believes that the lighter weight of a wagon will significantly reduce transport and production costs, by enabling customers to increase their production volumes per wagon per trip. 

Modified wagon designs to increase volumes per trip
MODIFIED WAGON DESIGN The train system at Pulong copper mine will be a fully automated and driverless system

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Having become the first rolling stock company in the southern hemisphere to pioneer its own fabricated lightweight, cost-competitive locomotive bogie, South Africa-based locomotives company DCD Rolling Stock is extending its technology to wagon and passenger coach bogies aimed at the global market. 

New technology extended to wagon and passenger bogies
DCD ROLLING STOCK The company has moved away from the traditional casting-based bogie construction and designed its own fabricated bogies using hot rolled steel

Subcontractor working on expansion and skills development programmes

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Tier-two subcontract manufacturer to original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) IEC Holden, which supplies electric motors and generators to the railway, power generation, oil and gas, and mining industries, is currently directly contracted to OEMs that supply the Transnet Freight Rail rail... 

Subcontractor working  on expansion and skills  development programmes
PRODUCT SUPPLY A drive for electric freight locomotive, tested and ready for dispatch

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Track system to benefit  railway contractors
PRASA INTERCHANGE The Tubular Modular Track product allows for rebuilding and rehabilitation of railway tracks

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

     4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

Welding certification  to become unavoidable  for rail industry
WELDING CERTIFICATION SAIW offers training, qualification and certification programmes to meet international requirements

Bearing company trials new product on railway vehicles

     6th November 2015 Bearing company SKF’s intelligent bearing technology is being deployed on a railway vehicle in a new project to monitor axle bearings wirelessly.  

Bearing company  trials new product  on railway vehicles
INTELLIGENT BEARING SKF’s intelligent bearing integrates a self-powered sensor and wireless device within a conventional bearing envelope

Drive components tested on Russian locomotive

     6th November 2015 With considerable investment in railway infrastructure upgrades in South Africa, drive components and systems company Voith is well-positioned to add substantial value to this market with its tried-and-trusted and internationally recognised product offering.  

Drive components  tested on Russian  locomotive
HARSH TESTING The Russian locomotives will undergo a number of tests and certifications over a six-month period

Engine remanufacturer expands locomotives services 

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 Germiston-based large-engine remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering has invested in new equipment to extend its services to larger engines for the locomotives industry, says operations director Andrew Yorke.  

Engine remanufacturer  expands locomotives services
Metric Automotive Engineering operations director Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News about the company’s latest investment

Locomotive autopilot achieves 100-million miles

     6th November 2015 Multinational conglomerate and locomotive manufacturer General Electric (GE) Transportation announced last month that its locomotive auto-pilot control system Trip Optimizer has clocked 100-million auto-pilot miles in locomotives equipped with the software.  

Rail certification secures international orders

     6th November 2015 Having received its manufacturing technology EN13261 certification in July, Germiston-based railway axle manufacturer Swasap is now able to supply to any European railway operator, and has since secured a significant order from French train company Bombardier – one of the third largest... 

Rail certification secures international orders
MANUFACTURING FACILITY Swasap supplies Transnet with most of its axles

Rail system requires efficient streamlining, says consulting firm

     6th November 2015 South Africa’s extensive railway system is an infrastructure requirement that cannot be overlooked, says engineering and consulting firm GIBB technical executive electrical engineer Dr Willem Sprong.  

Rail system requires efficient streamlining, says consulting firm
ENHANCING OPERATIONS To be efficient, high levels of productivity with a minimum level of wasted effort or expense are required

Steam locomotive operator undertakes refurbishment contract   

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 Germiston-based nonprofit association and steam locomotive operator Reefsteamers Association is undertaking a dual refurbishment project on two mainline steam locomotives to return them to full operation.  

Steam locomotive operator  undertakes refurbishment contract
steam locomotive expert Shaun Ackerman tells Engineering News about Reefsteamers’ newly refurbished locomotive wheel lathe. Cameraperson: Dylan Slater.

University completes bogie certification tests

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 In conjunction with the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM), UP’s business division, Business Enterprises, which is situated at UP, has completed a series of static and fatigue tests on a locally manufactured locomotive bogie as part of State-owned... 

University completes bogie certification tests
TEST RIG The test involved a large-scale application of wire strain gauges, with simultaneous data logging of over 100 channels

$13bn locomotives contract under way

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) is undertaking the manufacturing of the first batch of the 240 TRAXX Africa locomotives for State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Freight Rail, BTSA head of sales Aubrey Lekwane tells Engineering News. He says... 

$13bn locomotives contract under way
TRAXX LOCOMOTIVES PROJECT The $13-billion contract is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019 and will source more than 60% of materials and services for the project locally

Company aims to supply rail industry with flexible conduit solutions

     7th November 2014 Electrical, automation and mechanical products and equipment supplier Elquip Solutions introduced UK manufacturer Flexicon’s high-quality range of flexible conduit systems and components to the local market in August. “Elquip has had a long and proud association with Flexicon, as it is a highly... 

Company aims to supply rail industry with flexible conduit solutions
FLEXIBLE CONDUIT SOLUTIONS Flexicon has developed two product ranges namely metallic and non-metallic conduit solutions, which are available from 10 mm to 106 mm in diameter

Consortium enhances companies’ operational efficiencies  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Trident South Africa, underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric (BE) and Southern Africa hydraulics engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics formed a consortium to improve and streamline the companies’ product and... 

Consortium enhances companies’ operational efficiencies
Trident South Africa international marketing manager Simon Lewis discusses the new cooperation agreement between Trident, Battery Electric and the Bearing Man Group, as well as the company's expansion into the African and South American markets.

Diesel locomotives remain popular in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 A 5 t and 8 t underground mining diesel locomotive were delivered to a large copper mining project in Kitwe, Zambia, in September by local original-equipment diesel locomotive manufacturer BG Locomotives Services, MD Dave Raper tells Engineering News. He says the increasing importance of the... 

Diesel locomotives  remain popular in Africa
AFRICAN OFFERING BG Locomotives Services is regularly deploying maintenance teams to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo

KZN resignalling project design phase reaches completion

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) is progressing well with State-owned mass transportation system operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) R1.1-billion resignalling project, in KwaZulu-Natal, BTSA sales head Aubrey Lekwane tells... 

KZN resignalling  project design phase  reaches completion
INTERFLO 200 RAIL CONTROL SOLUTION The solution will enable a 2.5-minute headway, thereby eliminating bottlenecks while increasing safety and availability

PRASA train project on track

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 South African rail company Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is making steady progress on executing a R51-billion contract to supply the State-owned mass transportation system operator Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with 600 new X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains to replace South... 

PRASA train project  on track
X'TRAPOLIS MEGA TRAIN The first of the 20 trains will be shipped to South Africa by the end of 2015

R50m propulsion and control factory to open by year-end

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation South Africa (BTSA) is set to open its R50-million propulsion and control factory in Germiston, on the East Rand, by the end of the year, BTSA head of sales Aubrey Lekwane tells Engineering News. “Our contract with State-owned freight and... 

R50m propulsion and control factory to open by year-end
AUBREY LEKWANE The propulsion and control factory is integral to Bombardier Transportation South Africa’s fulfilling its contract with Transnet

Shunting locomotive well suited to mining industry

     7th November 2014 Rail solutions for short hauls are not commonly used on Southern African mines, but with technology available locally and significantly larger tonnages that can be moved quickly, efficiently and safely, there are good reasons to consider rail as part of a mine’s internal hauling infrastructure,... 

Shunting locomotive well suited to mining industry
RS7S3C DC LOCOMOTIVE The locomotive is manufactured standard with a 521.9 kW C18 CAT engine and an in-house digital control system

Company boasts $72-million in locomotives projects

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 Locomotive supplier RRL Grindrod Locomotives is expanding its manufacturing facilities in Pretoria, Gauteng, to keep up with growing demand and future projects, with the expansion set to be complete by the end of 2013. Owing to the continent’s rich mineral reserves and the consequent demand for... 

Company re-enters locomotives industry

     8th November 2013 The general South African locomotive fleet is old and outdated says designer, manufacturer and installer of transformers Powertech Transformers (PTT), which has recently re-entered the locomotives industry, after seeing that the South African government has made funding available for the... 

Gearing up for growth

     8th November 2013 Large fabricator and rolling stock manufacturer Galison Manufacturing reports that it is well positioned to take advantage of government’s planned major increased spend in wagons and locomotives as part of its National Infrastructure Plan. Earlier this year, the company secured a $2-million... 

German practices will aid Africa’s rail development

     8th November 2013 The shift from road to rail will benefit passengers and help to reduce carbon emissions, while incorporation of best practices, as pioneered in Germany, will help with the regional integration and management of African railways. The second Annual African Railway Summit provided a complete package... 

Improving railway systems for a growing number of projects

     8th November 2013 To stay abreast of the growing number of railway projects in Africa, a ballast-less track system –Tubular Modular Track – has been created to provide continuous support for rails using skeletal precast modules in an articulated fixed geometry arrangement, says railway track manufacturer Tubular... 

Latest software solutions unveiled

     8th November 2013 Railroads and rail shippers face ongoing challenges in lowering inventory and maintenance costs, while also increasing efficiencies so as to decrease unplanned downtime, which ultimately leads to higher revenue. To address the challenges that rail shippers face, a division of US conglomerate... 

Locomotives industry in SA improving

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 The inadequate state of the South African railway industry in the past decade poses a challenge in meeting the requirement for rapid infrastructure development to support the country’s urbanisation and economic growth, says auditing, consulting and financial advisory firm Deloitte corporate... 

Locomotives order to be filled by end-2016

     8th November 2013 German transport and technology manufacturer Vossloh is continuing its internationalisation strategy and is set to start shipment of a large locomotives order in the second quarter of 2014, with the final shipment taking place by the end of 2016. Vossloh reports that in October it signed a... 

Rail infrastructure needed to facilitate container growth

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 During the next 25 to 30 years, the number of containers moved between Durban and Gauteng will be almost ten times what the figure currently is, says head of the government’s steering committee for the country’s Gauteng-based  aerotropolis project, Jack van der Merwe. He estimates that the number... 

Rail infrastructure needed to facilitate container growth
ON TRACK FOR TOMORROW The revitalisation of rail will ensure economic growth for South Africa

Supplier claims world first in locomotive steering, unlimited growth potential

     8th November 2013 Johannesburg-based locomotive solutions provider DCD Rolling Stock believes it has unlimited growth potential owing to its patented Jika passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for bogies, which is an industry-first due for commercial release. DCD Rolling Stock technical manager Daryl Leggitt... 

Bottom-discharge containers benefit rail industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th November 2012 Bulk materials handling company Versatile Africa says the opportunity to transport more bulk freight by container wagon has significant potential to contribute to the reopening of rail branch lines and to increase main line bulk volumes in South Africa. 

Capital expansion programme to benefit local companies

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th November 2012 South Africa has been experiencing a major drive towards increasing investment in rail infrastructure during the past year.  

Company launches transducers for traction market

     9th November 2012 Global electrical measurement solutions provider LEM has introduced the DVL series of transducers, which are fully compliant with the International Railway Industry Standards, for the traction market. The transducers, which were designed to achieve high levels of isolation with a safety... 

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