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  1. 1. Railways Africa PUBLIShER CONTRIBUTORS SUBSCRIPTIONS Barbara Sheat Andrew Lanham Rates for 10 issues per annum (2009) Eugene Armer EDITOR South Africa R375-50 (incl VAT) Rollo Dickson Peter Bagshawe Africa R379.50 John Batwell International R946 (incl. Foreign Exchange) DESIGN & LAYOUT Pierre de Wet Craig Dean Richard Grönstedt Send a cheque or money order to: Ashley Peter Railways Africa ADVERTISING PO Box 4794 Ralph Timmerman Phillippa Fox RANDBURG 2125 Jacque Wepener RSA SUBSCRIPTIONS Kim Bevan Or send an email to stationmaster@railwaysafrica.com ISSN 1029 - 2756 Rail Link Communications cc The copyright on all material in this magazine is expressly reserved and vested in Rail Link Communications cc, P.O. Box 4794 Randburg 2125 unless otherwise stated. No material may be reproduced in any form, in part or in whole, without the permission of the publishers. Please note that the opinions expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publishers of Rail Tel: +27 87 940 9278 Link Communications unless otherwise stated. E-mail: stationmaster@railwaysafrica.com Twitter: railwaysafrica Website: www.railwaysafrica.com Affiliated Associations & Societies
  2. 2. Comment We commented last month on South There is a bigger potential problem. Our Africa’s newly permitted “performance- railway’s capacity to take over substantial based” 27-metre-long road truck/trailer volumes of traffic at relatively short combinations (5m longer than the previous notice - short in railway time, that is - is limit), with a gross loaded mass of 67 tons questionable. It is one thing to run down (normal maximum, 56). Agreed, these infrastructure and rolling stock but another monsters will only be allowed by special altogether to get it up and working again. permission of the Department of Transport DoT is looking to use existing branchlines (DoT), but examples are already running in - it mentions them specifically - but the KwaZulu-Natal, in an area where several condition of some of those is dicey, and the railway lines are under threat of closing. roads, apparently, are in much the same Only a week or two ago, one was spotted on shape. The department is understandably the old M13 route near hillcrest, cunningly concerned at this, worrying that they may bypassing the N3 toll plaza at Mariannhill. fall apart within five years, due to lack of funds for maintenance. Now, less than a month later, new strategy has been announced to limit the So which comes first - fixing the railway or conveyance by road of commodities (as banning the behomoths? I tell you what - yet unspecified), the broad objective being we left the stable door open far too long to force the use of rail instead. One says ago. It’s going to be one heck of a job “broad”, because the implications are getting those iron horses back. probably more complex than the authors realise. Predictably loud opposition is already audible, mainly from the road freight industry, which has been allowed - and encouraged - to grow so large that the jobs of hundreds are feared to be at stake. Contents Brake Solutions 2 Opinion: Pete the Pundit 4 Africa UpDate 10 SA RailNews 18 Namibian Interlude 24 Mobile Police stations Ngqura rail Brake Solutions Gautrain UpDate 26 > Page 2 for long-distance operations begin trains > Page 18 Company News: Actom 32 > Page 18 Mishaps & Blunders 34 Book Review 36 Middle East UpDate 38 Railway Heritage 39 End of the Line 40 Class 39-200 Namibian interlude Actom Failsafe Data > Page 22 > Page 24 Transmission (FSDT) > Page 32 www.railwaysafrica.com September 2009 RAILWAYS AFRICA 1
  3. 3. Knorr-Bremse Brake Solutions, World-Class Technology The Knorr-Bremse Group is the world’s leading manufacturer Engineering and production facilities for adapting both of braking systems for rail and other commercial vehicles. It AAR and UIC products to suit local conditions are also available locally. has pioneered the development, production and marketing of modern braking systems for a variety of applications over the Knorr Bremse will be introducing the manufacture and supply of the VV64/100-3 air compressor, purposely last 100 years. The company also produces on-board systems designed for production of compressed air on vehicles for rail vehicles such as doors, toilets, air-conditioners and such as electric locomotives and motor coaches. This passenger information systems. Knorr-Bremse compressor has been used successfully on Metrorail motor coaches for the last three decades. The SA subsidiary was opened in 1969 as a sales office and The decision was based on the reliability of the VV64 - expanded in 1973 to include local manufacturing for the the compressor that the Passenger Rail Agency of South domestic market. It has been successful in supplying brake Africa (Prasa) uses as its benchmark when testing other systems for all types of rolling stock, including both vacuum compressors for use on metro coaches. and air systems. The components for the VV64 will be produced at and Today the KBSA factory is a well-equipped manufacturing supplied from the Knorr-Bremse manufacturing facility in plant based in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The DB60 freight Spartan, Kempton Park, ensuring that this product is 100% wagon valve is its primary export. As one of only two KB proudly South African. factories around the world to manufacture this AAR approved valve, the KBSA product is now included in rolling stock inventories on six continents Knorr Bremse (SA) (Pty) Ltd launched its first new high-tech electronic braking solution (type hSM) on the class 14E dual voltage electric locomotives in SA in the late 1980s. Today, the CCB2 electronic brake system and full ECP/ WDP (Electronic Control Pneumatic Brake/Wired Distributed Power) train control is the new way forward for heavy-haul trains. Various electric and diesel locomotives have been fitted with the Knorr-Bremse CCBII brake systems, either by upgrading or on new-build locomotives. When Knorr Bremse (SA) (Pty) Ltd became IRIS certified it was the first South African company to achieve this quality system standard. The IRIS (International Rail Industry Standard) was specifically established to address the requirements and disciplines pertinent to the rail industry. IRIS is an initiative led by UNIFE (Association of the European Rail Industry) and is actively supported by companies such as Knorr-Bremse, Bombardier, Swissrail, holland Rail Industry and Swedtrain - to name but a few. Other rail brake solutions available on the SA market The primary reason for initiating the establishment of the include the modern EP Compact® brake control system for IRIS standard was that ISO 9001 certification was too easily electric multiple units (emus) and oil-free compressors (as obtained, coupled with the need to ensure higher safety used on Gautrain), for both locomotives and emus. Oil-free standards for the rail industry. compressors based on the latest technology in compressed air are extremely efficient and maintenance-friendly. The following are benefits that customers can expect from a company that has successfully implemented the IRIS quality system: A greatly improved focus in ensuring that products are fully compliant with the RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety) requirements: • Establishment of project management within the Quality Management System, • Greater focus on process and product non- conformities, • Greater focus on commissioning aspects and customer service and • Greater focus on production and service provision. 2 RAILWAYS AFRICA September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com
  4. 4. Knorr-Bremse product highlights: electronic vigilance computer The purpose of the electronic vigilance computer is to monitor the alertness of a driver while in control of a moving locomotive or train, and to bring it to a standstill if he or she fails to respond to certain vigilance alarms prompting driver action. KBSA have field service teams available 24/7 at various locations to provide backup service. The alertness test is based on a random timer that runs out and then requires the driver to take appropriate action These teams also carry out system upgrades to freight to “prove” his or her alertness. wagons, as well as Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) electric and diesel-electric locomotives of various classes. Knorr-Bremse has successfully integrated the electronic vigilance computer on older TFR locomotives such as Knorr Bremse has secured contracts from Transnet for the classes 6E1 and 8E, as well as on all new electronic supply of LPS 54 Exhausters and Slack Adjusters for use on locomotives. For example, TFR’s new class 15E and 19E passenger vehicles. locomotives have been so equipped. Knorr-Bremse in-house service repair centre involvement in the iron ore rdp upgrade KBSA have an in-house CCBII service centre for all electronic programme equipment: EPCU, EBV, electronic vigilance computers and Knorr-Bremse (SA) (Pty) Ltd is honoured to be playing an other electronic equipment. important role in helping Transnet set new records. KBSA has been and is responsible for upgrading all 31 of the Compressors and exhausters are repaired in the KBSA class 9E electric locomotives and 30 of the class 34 diesel mechanical service centre for all mechanically operated locomotives - 24 of which have been completed - to an equipment: LPS 54, VV64, VV450, various air equipment electro-pneumatic brake system. This project included the frames, and tread brake units. integration of vacuum brakes into the electro-pneumatic brake system on the diesel locomotives. KBSA is also responsible for the installation and commissioning of the radio-distributed power (RDP) system supplied by GE Transportation. KBSA is currently acting as support for GE Transportation and assists with field support for the RDP wherever necessary. To deal with locomotive upgrades, KBSA has been in Saldanha - where it has established a site office - for the past two years. This office will contribute field support for the new class 15E locomotives, being delivered in the course of 2009. involvement in the 19e and 15e locomotive new-Build programme Knorr-Bremse (SA) (Pty) Ltd is proud to be the sole supplier for all air supply and brake equipment, including The Knorr-Bremse Group was chosen to provide the door tread brake units, fitted to the new class 19E and 15E electric and brake control systems for the Gautrain project rolling locomotive building programme. stock – the Electrostar series. Designed in England and adapted to suit local conditions, the Electrostar boasts the The class 19E locomotives (dual voltage 3kV DC and 25kV latest technologies in brake control from Knorr-Bremse UK AC) are for use on the heavy-haul line transporting coal from mines in the Witbank area to the port in Richards Bay. These locomotives are being fitted with the latest in computer- controlled brakes. The trains boast both electronically controlled pneumatic brakes for the wagons and wire- distributed power for distributed locomotive control. The class 15E locomotives (50kV AC) are to complement the existing class 9E locomotive fleet on South Africa’s second heavy-haul line, transporting iron ore from Sishen in the Northern Cape Province to the port in Saldanha. These locomotives also include the latest in computer controlled brakes and include radio-distributed power. For these locomotives, KBSA has developed two functional stand-alone modules. One is for air supply, the other for air brake equipment. This means that an all-inclusive module has been developed for locomotive air supply, including (Westinghouse) and door systems from IFE in Austria. Knorr- compressed air and conditioning of air; and that a second Bremse SA will be responsible for providing on-going support all-inclusive module is fitted for air brake equipment, to Bombela and Bombardier for these products during the including the brake system with all electronics, wheel-slide warranty period and for the duration of their service. and auxiliary equipment. www.railwaysafrica.com September 2009 RAILWAYS AFRICA 3
  5. 5. opinion PETE THE PUNDIT laments LINESIDE MISERY IN EAST AFRICA, marvels at THE WONDERS OF SWISS METRE GAUGE and hears of SOME SHAKY REPORTING IN THE US OF A LINESIDE MISERY IN EAST AFRICA railway that does not run efficiently “Africa’s freedom railway” by loses traffic, its bread and butter. Professor Jamie Monson - This means it earns less income reviewed elsewhere in this issue and has difficulty meeting bills. - is noteworthy not for rail-related Worse: inability to pay staff wages – content in the usual sense but for and pensioners - is all too common drawing attention to some widely today in far too many countries. unappreciated side effects of building rail systems. her interest Worse still: less traffic implies less is predominantly that of people work to be done– a reality that few who live along the Tazara route in government-owned entities care Tanzania, whose fortunes – and This “manual track recording device” appeared (by courtesy of to face head-on, with personnel misfortunes – are intertwined with Plasser) in the August 1982 issue of this magazine, then known complements trimmed down all those of the railway. These rural simply as “Railways”. It was in its 25th year of publication, the too slowly. Nevertheless, in the villages prospered more, she editor – A E (“Dusty”) Durrant. Vanguard (published in Lagos) on suggests, than those living beside 29 August 2003, harry Nwana more conventional “colonial- In a foreword to the 25th anniversary issue, general manager quoted Nigerian Railway era” railways, whose principal of South Africa’s railways Dr Kobus Loubser had written Corporation (NRC) managing appreciatively of “South Africa’s only independent railway director Alhaji Abdulrahman objective was to “connect settler journal”. Since its first appearance in 1957, it had grown to be Abubakar saying that the 50,000 communities” (and – of course – to recognised for its “authoritative” content. tap and export minerals). formerly on the payroll had shrunk to about 14,000. “Even this number cannot be paid their Wherever railways are constructed, however, and for salaries most of the time. Unpaid pensioners are about whatever purpose or political connotation, those living 20,000 strong who, only when the Federal Government beside them will always benefit. Compare the countryside makes due subventions, can receive their pension. And it paralleling Kenya’s line from Mombasa to Nairobi - and does so at intervals of six to nine months. Exactly a year beyond - with the railless areas to the north. Passenger ago, the NRC was owing pensioners over N3 billion little trains, by no means confined to the British expatriate prospect of redemption. It is a lot more than that by now as elite, were widely used and exploited by the locals, whose staff continue to retire.” horizons and opportunities were enormously expanded. And just as the Tanzanians suffered when economic Nwana wrote that six realities obliged the Tazara line to hike fares and close down years ago. Exactly four stations, the similar faltering of lines in Kenya and Uganda years later, on 29 August – after the colonialists left, one has to point out - impacted 2007, the president of the severely on the locals. Without a Professor Monson to Nigeria Labour Congress champion their cause however, one hears only of the (NLC) appealed to Nigerian detriment to the Ugandan import trade, and the failure of President Umaru Musa trains to clear backlogs in Mombasa harbour. Yar’Adua to direct the immediate payment of EMD 1,310hp Nigerian class 1100 the entitlements of railway diesel, built 1958. pensioners: “Let me also crave Your Excellency’s indulgence to appeal for your compassionate consideration of the plight of the pensioners of the Nigeria Railway Corporation. “The situation of railway pensioners is desperate and pathetic, resulting in frequent deaths among them and their dependents.” Similar appeals have been made to a succession of Nigerian presidents over the years. Meanwhile, there has been no Professor Monson to chronicle the plight of peasant communities living along the country’s 3,783km of largely dilapidated track, which has seen very few trains in recent times. Chinese-built Tunduma station on the Zambian-Tanzanian border. Photo: Richard Grönstedt. STANDARD GAUGE: THE AFRICAN OBSESSION In the old days, the lines of East Africa – Kenya, Uganda and Current plans to convert thousands of kilometres of African Tanganyika – were highly regarded internationally, not least lines to standard gauge are based on a conviction that metre- for the biggest Garratt steam locomotives in Africa. Whatever gauge inhibits capacity and speed. If one is in the happy the colonialists’ motives for providing railways, they looked position of being able to afford a completely new railway, after their infrastructure. Post-colonial railways throughout and completely new locomotives and rolling stock to run the continent – in these countries as well as Nigeria, Ghana, on it, well and good – but it doesn’t sound like a scenario Zambia and elsewhere – are conspicuous for lamentable widely found in Africa. It is rather like an urban shack-dweller shortcomings in maintenance. Everywhere track and rolling observing that black plastic inhibits his lifestyle; in its place, stock have been wretchedly neglected. Unfortunately, a he intends to put up a mansion. 4 RAILWAYS AFRICA September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com
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  7. 7. opinion [ Swiss Francs and US Dollars are approximately equal in value. - editor ] INACCURATE US RAIL RECORDS If you thought rail safety and associated records were a problem only in Africa, take comfort. According to the Los Angeles Times: “The official record of accidents and deaths on the Metrolink commuter rail system is incomplete, marred by inconsistencies and largely hidden from view. The record makes train operations in the Los Angeles region appear to be much less dangerous than they are.” The paper has compiled an interactive database and map Impeccably maintained metre-gauge trackwork (electrified) in a Rhatische by drawing on information from several sources, “many Bahn (Switzerland) freight yard. Photo: editor’s collection. never before available to the public”. As far as was possible, According to ancient wisdom, sensible people make the inaccurate or conflicting information was corrected and most of what they have before rushing out to buy anew. In obvious omissions filled in. “The database suggests that this context, instructive examples of what can be achieved the Federal Railroad Administration’s system for tracking on metre gauge railways are to be found in Switzerland. And hazards is more suited to monitoring cross-country freight it isn’t as though the going is easy: there isn’t more difficult haulers than high-speed [passenger] trains operating in geography to be negotiated anywhere. Swiss tunnels and crowded urban corridors. bridges are unsurpassed. Some of their rolling stock – like that in much of Africa – is around 40 years old, but instead “Only about four of every 10 fatal accidents in Metrolink’s of washing their hands of it and starting afresh on a different records have been reported to the federal agency, which gauge, the thrifty Swiss are upgrading the existing metre- posts the information on its public website. At least 117 gauge track and buying new trains. On 17 September, for Metrolink system pedestrian deaths and six vehicle deaths example, prominent operator Zentralbahn awarded Stadler do not appear in the federal record. a SFr141m contract to supply 10 inter-regional electric multiple-units as part of an ambitious double-tracking and “The federal agency requires train operators to file reports modernisation programme. under broad circumstances: an accident at a grade [level] crossing, an accident causing damage to railroad equipment or an accident resulting in loss of life - except when the death is ruled a suicide.” According to the paper, “Metrolink’s reporting practice has been inconsistent. The agency reported some deaths that were ruled suicide but often failed to report deaths considered to be accidental.” “The agency’s records are also inadequate for one of the most basic forms of analysis: pattern mapping. A spokesman for the agency said there is no plan to remedy the data, which he conceded could be as much as 20% wrong. “Metrolink staff in Los Angeles have done a better job of mapping crossings and rail lines. In many cases, however, they identified crossings incorrectly or in the wrong places. Metre-gauge electric passenger trains crossing on Switzerland’s Rhatische Bahn. Photo: editor’s collection. Four seven-car and six three-car trains will be used on Brünig Line services between Lucerne and Interlaken Ost (74km). More than 20 trains serve this busy route daily, in addition to a number of short workings. The seven-car sets will comprise two three-car units back-to-back, with cabs at the outer ends only and a centre car containing a bistro offering hot and cold food. Testing of the first set is scheduled for January 2012, with deliveries running from September 2012 to July 2013. They will be in full service from December 2013, allowing the replacement of stock dating back 40 years. Metrolink double-deck suburban trains in Los Angeles are hauled by diesel locos on outward trips, then pushed back to town with a driving trailer leading. Railways Africa www.railwaysafrica.com / / / 6 RAILWAYS AFRICA September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com
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  9. 9. opinion LEVEL CROSSINGS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN “Electronic files of Southern California’s rail system can The Times perused paper records, called “Unusual be downloaded from the Federal Railroad Administration’s Occurrence Reports” filed by train drivers for a variety of website,” the Los Angeles Times says, “but are riddled with reasons. “These reports documented many accidents, errors, placing hundreds of rail crossings at points far from some involving injuries and deaths, that did not appear on any railroad tracks. Many are shown in the Pacific Ocean.” any electronic lists.” The accident history of the Metrolink system is complicated Train drivers also used the paper forms to report numerous by the fractured nature of the system itself. Metrolink owns near misses in which they applied emergency braking to and maintains most of the right of way, but some portions avoid hitting a vehicle or pedestrian. Neither the Federal of the track are owned by other operators. These include Railroad Administration’s nor Metrolink’s electronic records another public agency, the North County Transit District in track these near-collisions. San Diego, and two private freight operators. “Last March, Metrolink’s environmental contractor billed As the ownership of these lines changed, milepost more than $3,200 to clean the remains of two people who designations along the track were reordered, so that records were on the tracks in Fullerton and Norwalk. Metrolink’s from earlier years do not match with mileposts in use today. records show two pedestrian deaths in March but say one of them occurred in San Clemente and the other in either La Amtrak passenger trains use the same tracks Metrolink Mirada or Norwalk. commuter trains use. So do freight trains operated by Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Older “According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Liber records also name Southern Pacific, which was purchased Quinones, a 22-year-old from Baldwin Park, was killed by by Union Pacific. a Metrolink train on 30 July. No Metrolink database reveals an accident on that date. In more than 100 cases, Metrolink “Electronic records that Metrolink provided to The Times do records had differing dates, times or victim names for what not indicate which train operator was involved in an accident.” appeared to be the same accident.” “Thus accidents in this database provide a profile of the Attempts to resolve apparently duplicate entries were system as a whole, but not specifically Metrolink operations. often frustrated because the location or other key In addition, the accident information was kept by Metrolink information was missing. staff in different formats over the years.” .���� ����� ����� !! ������� ������ ���� �� ����� ����� ���� ��� � ����� ����� � �������� �� � ... ����� � ���� � ���� ���� ������ �� ...����� �� ���� .������ ���� ��� ��� �� �� .������ ������ � ������ ���� � ���� ������� ���� �� RMR �� ������ ��� ERP EDI / MRP ������� ����� ��� �� ����� � (DURBAN )������ ������� ����� ����� ��� ��� ... ������� ������ ����� ��� �� � .(����������) ������� ����� ���� � �������� ����� � ������� ������ ����� ���� � i2 ������� ������ �� SAP .���� ����� ����� !! ������� �������� ���� �� ����� ����� ���� ��� � ����� ����� � �������� �� � ... ����� � ���� � ���� ���� ������ �� ...����� �� ���� .������ ���� ��� ��� �� �� .������ ������ � ������ ���� � ���� ������� ���� �� RMR �� ������ ��� �� ERP EDI / MRP ������� ����� ��� �� ����� � (DURBAN )������ ������� ����� ����� ��� ��� ... ������� ������ ����� ��� �� � .(����������) ������� ����� ���� � �������� ����� � ������� ������ ����� ���� � i2 ������� ������ �� SAP Tel: +001 (450) 424 4112 Fax: +001 (450) 424 4026 GM224_RMR/AR_Presslink 730 Cite des Jeunes Saint Lazare PQ J7T 2BS Canada info.rmr@railroadbusiness.com www.railroadbusiness.com
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  11. 11. AfricA UpdAte ALGERIA EVALUATING ELECTRIFICATION The Algerian National Agency for Railway Investment Research and Follow-up (ANESRIF) has issued tender invitations nationally and internationally for carrying out technical and financial project analyses relating to two electrification projects. The first involves evaluation of the 130km Mechria to El-Bayadh line (130 km). The second is related to the 210km Biskra to Touggourt electrification. ANGOLA DEMINING COMPLETE According to Angola’s National Institute of Demining (INAD) director-general Leonardo Severino Sapalo, work on the Luanda, Moçamedes and Benguela railways has been completed. Altogether some 380km of the country’s railways were demined. A certain amount of “segment demining” remains to be done, in preparation for construction of rail-related infrastructure. A total of 28,437km2 have been cleared of landmines to permit extension of the country’s optic fibre telephone network. The operation included localisation, removal and destruction of explosive devices over an area of 78,806km2 accommodating the electricity transmission lines. In all, 51 demining brigades are working in the country’s 18 provinces. development (MINEPAT) on one hand, and the Korea Port Engineering Corporation, Chung-Suk Engineering company Limited, the Korea Transport Institute and the Korea Rail Network Authority. The plan will be used as a guide in modernising the country’s railways. According to ministry secretary-general Roger Mbassa Ndine, the objective is to build lines to all parts of the country. The project, he explained, is in line with government intentions to “lift the country’s railway system to international standards” by 2035. The studies will be funded from Cameroon’s 2009 and 2010 public investment budget. BOTSWANA BOTSWANA-NAMIBIA FEASIBILITY STUDY A pre-feasibility study for the proposed new Trans-Kalahari railway from Botswana to the Namibian coast has begun, after three years of preliminary planning. Expected to take twelve months, the work is being funded by a $US463,000 grant from the World Bank and the equivalent of $US44,744 each from the two countries. CAMEROON SOUTH KOREA TO HELP IN CAMEROON A South Korean consortium is to undertake feasibility studies and produce a national railway master plan for Cameroon, in terms of a 13-month contract signed on 10 September between the ministry of the economy, planning, and regional 10 RAILWAYS AFRICA September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com
  12. 12. AfricA UpdAte ETHIOPIA UPGRADING & PLANS In 2007, the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) was formed as a subsidiary of the country’s ministry of transport & communications, with a paid-up capital of $US750 million. Its mandate is to build a national railway as well as an urban light rail network in the capital, Addis Abeba. The main task of the national system would be to support Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, specifically the moving of export grain and livestock. however, it is also intended to provide “high- speed, high-capacity, competitive and affordable” transport for passengers. ERC director Dr Getachew Betru envisages a standard gauge network, electrified with power drawn from hydroelectric resources. (Betru also serves on the board of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation.) In the meanwhile, work continues on rehabilitating the 781km metre-gauge Chemin de fer Djibouti-Ethopien (CDE – the Djibouti-Ethiopian Railway). The 18-month project is being funded by a grant of €50 million from the European Union. Train services at the western end of the line, including the approach into Addis Abeba, are currently suspended to facilitate the work, which is being undertaken by Costa of Italy and Ineco-SPT of Spain. According to CDE general manager To’om Terie, the line’s capacity is expected to rise to ten trains per day. KRC managing director Nduva Muli promises an impressive reduction in the cost of freight transport once the new Work is currently concentrated around Metahara, where line is built from Mombasa via Nairobi (for completion by embankments are being strengthened and new bridges 2013), to Malaba on the border with Uganda together with built. Approximately 25,000 concrete sleepers are being a branch to Kisumu on Lake Victoria (2016). The line is to laid to replace steel, and the remaining 20kg/m rail is being be of high capacity, with trains carrying a minimum of 4,000 replaced by 40kg/m on about a third of the route. The project tonnes travelling at an average speed of 120km/h. “This is reportedly running three months behind schedule due to compares with 800 tonnes on the existing metre-gauge line some track alignments being miscalculated. and a maximum speed of 45km/h,” he was quoted saying. Passengers are to be conveyed in double-deck trains running India’s Overseas Investment Alliance (OIA), which has been at ”an average” 160km/h. supplying electrical transmission and distribution systems to EEPCo in terms of a 2006 contract worth $US65m, signed “In India and China,” Muli pointed out, “railway transport an agreement with the government of neighbouring Djibouti accounts for 90% of long-distance freight movement in May 2009 to undertake feasibility studies for a standard- compared to a meagre 5% in Kenya, causing pressure on the gauge line from the harbour – which functions as the main road network.” The line from Mombasa is one of three routes port for Ethiopia. identified in the corporation’s national railway master plan. The others would be entirely new railways from a proposed new port at Lamu to Juba in the Sudan and from Nairobi to Addis Abeba in Ethiopia. Construction plans for these are at advanced stages, Muli said. he did not disclose how the expected price of Sh320 billion ($US4bn) is to be financed. [ Nor whether this figure includes the cost of locomotives, double-deck passenger coaches and other rolling stock. – editor. ] MALAWI REVAMPING MALAWI’S RAILWAY During May 2009, the Malawian government applied to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a United States government foreign aid agency, for financial assistance in rehabilitating the country’s rail network. A nine-member MCC team visited Malawi in July, to conduct a thorough appraisal KENYA of this and other projects for which help was requested. A STANDARD GAUGE TENDER five-year “compact grant” is envisaged. Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) has invited tenders to construct a 1,082km standard gauge line from Mombasa via Millennium Challenge Account Malawi (MCA-Malawi), Nairobi to Malaba on the Ugandan border, together with a according to public outreach coordinator Susan Banda, has 216km branch from Nakuru to Kisumu. It is hoped to reduce already embarked on preliminary arrangements, in conjunction travel times between the capital and the sea (530km) from ten with Malawi’s ministry of transport and public infrastructure, to three hours. Prospective transaction advisers and design to commence rehabilitation of the rail network. consultants have until 15 January 2010 to forward their bids. The project includes marketing, investor identification and Director of transport planning in the ministry of transport and the selection of consultants to monitor detailed design, public infrastructure Victor Lungu explains that rail movement building and commissioning of the railway. in Malawi and to neighbouring countries is currently very slow www.railwaysafrica.com September 2009 RAILWAYS AFRICA 11
  13. 13. AfricA UpdAte because of the poor condition of the infrastructure. “Trains ships - hence the need to use Nacala. Mozambique plans to move at a speed of between 30km/h and 40km/h.” invest $US150 million in upgrading the Nacala line and port in the course of the next five years. The ministry’s principal secretary Francis Chinsinga says the Malawi government has approached the World Bank NIGERIA and the European Investment Bank for additional funds CONCESSIONING NIGERIA’S RAILWAY or the rail rehabilitation project. According to newly appointed Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) managing director Adeseyi Sijuade, his administration MOROCCO is to “kick-start” the concession of train operations, while NEW LOCOS ARRIVE pursuing and completing ongoing rehabilitation works. The first of a fleet of 20 Alstom 160km/h electric locomotives Concessioning, he emphasises, does not mean the system for Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF – the national is being sold: “NRC remains the landlord and will be railway of Morocco) arrived recently in Casablanca. It was responsible for monitoring and regulating the activities of the shipped from Antwerp in Belgium. The Prima II Bo-Bo concessionaries.” Consultants appointed to resuscitate the mixed traffic locomotive, the second of the class to be built, corporation are to start work shortly. will undergo a period of testing across ONCF’s electrified network before entering service in 2010. The first locomotive Sijuade holds a degree in civil engineering from the of the order is undergoing trials at the Siemens Wildenrath University of Lagos and an MBA from Loughborough test centre in Germany. University, UK. he is a chartered civil engineer and project management consultant. The remaining Prima IIs will be delivered between October 2009 and March 2010. ONCF became the launch customer RAILS TO ABUJA for the Prima II when it placed a €75 million order for a According to Nigerian minister of information and 5mW, 3kV DC version of the design in November 2007. The communications Dora Akunyili, the country’s federal locomotives are being assembled at Alstom’s Belfort plant executive council has approved outlay of $US874.3 million in eastern France. towards implementation of phase 1 in the country’s railway modernisation project. The amount includes a consultancy MOZAMBIQUE fee of $24 million. She was quoted saying that this allocation NEW LINE TO BE BUILT covers the segment from Abuja to Kaduna (a new line), to be Mozambique plans to build a new $US500 million railway to followed by funding for rehabilitation of the existing section connect the coal mines at Moatize with the existing route to from Lagos to Ibadan (175 km). the port of Nacala. The project will entail linking the existing Sena line (Moatize-Beira) either by way of a new railway [ Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, currently has no rail entirely within Mozambique or one following a considerably connection. – editor ] shorter route across Malawi. According to minister of transport and communications Paulo Zucula, funding has been secured from the Danish and Dutch governments. Completion is envisaged by 2015. US TEAM TO HELP NIGERIAN RAIL The mandate for a team of railway construction experts from the United States of America, presently in Nigeria, is “to work out modalities that would assist the country to rehabilitate existing railway lines across the country, rather than embark on new construction. “This would go a long way in helping the federal government to reposition the railway system Rehabilitation of the 575km Sena line, currently nearing and reduce carnage on the roads. Team leader Jim Blaze completion, will enable it to carry 6 million tonnes of coal – following initial evaluation of the line out of Lagos – told a year. however, the Brazilian mining concessionaire Vale newsmen that the rails and sleepers in the first 20 to 28km expects to produce 11 million tonnes of coal a year, and to Abeokuta need to be replaced completely because they added to this, the port of Beira cannot accommodate large are“old, fatigued and fractured.” 12 RAILWAYS AFRICA September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com
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  15. 15. AFRICA UPDATE AfricA UpdAte TRL director general Narasimhaswami Jayaram said that RVR commercial manager in results of engineering November 2008. Dependent upon the Kampala, Geoffrey RWANDA two goods trains comprising 23 wagons would be conveying Tindimwebwa says thewill refurbish and construct rail and studies, the company rates will still be lower than those STUDY ON NEW LINE FROM DAR various commodities including cement from the Tanga charged by road freight hauliers. iron-ore production and port facilities to accommodate its “Our rates have been Ministers of Infrastructure from Rwanda, Burundi and Cement Company. steady since last October before the fuel prices rose and the shipping capacity requirements and to provide third party Tanzania met in late September to approve a “final study” price of at commercial rates. access steel spiralled,” he points out, whereas the truckers carried out on the proposed 691km new standard-gauge TAZARA raise rates every time the fuel price changes. “Also, we have railway from Dar-es-Salaam to Kigali and Bujumbura. TAZARA TARIFFS UPPED minister of infrastructure Linda had a negative result from AML reports, has formally ratified Parliament in Sierra Leone, the weakening dollar as most of According to Rwandan New faresis hoped to on the Tanzania-Zambia Railwayend of our rates are the railway and port infrastructure, value, while a lease over in that currency. It has been losing both vital to Bihire, it applicable begin construction before the came into effectcompletion in 2014. Trains operating at 120km/h the prices of ourthe project. The lease isup.” the Pepel port the success of inputs have been going for 2009, for on 1 July. Ticket prices on ordinary passenger trains as well as the Tazara Express went up 20% while are envisaged. and for the Pepel–Marampa railway, and also covers the parcels and luggage rates rose 30%. Travellers from Dar- ZAMBIA redevelopment of this infrastructure. In terms of the lease, es-Salaam in Tanzania to Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia now pay RSZcompany would undertake an engineering study into the the TAKEN TO TASK Tsh72,600 ($US72) in first class on the Tazara Express, up In an editorial, The Times ofport and takes Rail Systems of upgrade of the deep-water Zambia the existing railway. If from Tsh60,500 ($US60). Zambia (RSZ),viable, it would upgrade, operate andRailways, these proved the concessionaire running Zambian maintain to task for buying “brand new these available to other users the port and railway and make motor vehicles worth $US1.4 To Makambako (Iringa) from Dar-es-Salaam now costs million”, while rates. at commercial apparently falling short in service delivery. Tsh29,000 ($US29) instead of Tsh24,200 ($US24). To Rujewa “While the company has every right to purchase vehicles for (Mbeya) the fare is now Tsh29,900 ($US29) instead of The company is also investigating the possibility of operations, we feel their priorities are misplaced,” the paper Tsh24,900 ($US24). extending the railway (which it would operate itself) to writes. Tonkolili, to provide cost-effective transport of its iron-ore to Tazara managing director Clement Subulwa Mwiya points the sea for export. “Gone are the days,” it laments, “when the railway network out that the company’s policy is to adjust tariffs annually. was the most reliable mode of transport in Zambia. “It was so High operational costs are being experienced, notably in the reliable and cheap, that the rail line was heavy-haul railway Further, studies are under way for a Zambia’s favourite wage bill and the continually rising cost of diesel. Tazara is mode of transport, offloading goods is adjacent to Pepel. linking Tonkolili to Tagrin Point, which and passengers in upgrading its facilities at a cost of $US10 million, he says, remote Point would be developed into an iron-ore transport, Tagrin areas where roads were inaccessible. and 18 locomotives are being rehabilitated currently ore handling and ship loading facility, AML has indicated that “Thefuture construction and safety and reliabilitythe system the failure by RSZ to provide commissioning of has forced UGANDA rolling stock will be needed for the new railway. The existing many Zambians to abandonmaterial engineering obstacles. was unlikely to possess any rail transport in preference for Completely new the faster and more reliable road transport. It was hoped that MAIN-LINEvehicles use REOPENS African drop-hook couplers. Photo: metre-gauge AT JINJA these old East The main-line to Kampala from Kenya, closed near Jinja on when Zambia Railways was concessioned to RSZ, things Richard Grönstedt. 14 May following the collapse of an embankment due to a would change for the better.” blocked culvert, was reopened to traffic on 16 June. During SIERRA LEONE the four weeks that the line remained inoperable, freight was [RSZ inherited a sorely run-down system which is taking a NEW RAIL PROJECTS FORESEEN great deal of time and money to put right. The rosy past of offloaded at Iganga and takenhave an by road. According Sierra Leone is reported to forward untapped iron ore to Rift Valley Railways (RVR) project manager world. African railways in the country dates back to the days when it was resource that could rank as third largest in the Glenn Kleyn, called Northern Rhodesia – but nobody will want to remember quoted by New Vision (published in Kampala) a new three- Minerals Limited (AML), with an extensive portfolio of mineral metre in the country, is currently workinghasbring its flagship that. – editor] rights diameter galvanised iron culvert to been installed, to provide adequate outletinto production about 150km Lake project, Tonkolili iron-ore, for stormwater to drain into from Victoria, about a kilometre downstream. the Pepel deep-water port, which has good infrastructure. Kleyn said the repair work was being the town of Marampa, 4 - 6 March 2009 An existing railway runs from Pepel to done at mile 323. In Cape Town addition, the company is investigating potential exists for an Built by Beyer-Peacock in Manchester in 1955, Sierra Leone No 65 was one of about 70km. According to AML, the a structure at mile 289 towards Busembatia.tonne resource over the 20km strike fourteen 4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratts. With a 5t axle load, they hauled 270t trains up additional 5 billion extension to the north at Kasafoni. Exploration activities at ZIMBABWE 760mm gauge line, until its closure in 1974. 1:50 grades on the “It (mile 289) is notconfirmed the potential for but we are Tonkolili have also in any immediate danger 800 million NEW NRZ SERVICE investigating and drawing up designs,” he told the paper. tonnes of hematite mineralisation. TANZANIA The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has introduced a new weekly passenger CAPITAL” Chicualacuala, 500km CONCESSIONAIRE “LACKS service to UGANDA RATES INCREASE The Marampa iron ore project, located approximately 80km south-east ofto TanzaniantheministerMaputo.infrastructure According Bulawayo on line to for The existing Rift Valley Railways (RVR) has increased freight Cape from Tonkolili, is being managed and operated by rates Wednesday train to Chiredzi has been rescheduled to major development Dr Shukuru Kawambwa, “one of the leave between Iron Ore Ltd which has a 35% interest in thetonne to Lambert Mombasa and Kampala from $US80 per project. Bulawayo at 14:00 on Wednesday instead and Engineering shortcomings of Rail India Technical of 21:00. Arriving $110. Former managing directorup toPuffet explainedtowards Cape Lambert has committed Roy $US25 million in July: at 04:00 on Thursday, it returns at 05:00to run the country’s Services (Rites) - the company contracted to Mbizi junction, “The tariff adjustment was has assembled an upward costs a feasibility study and driven by continued experienced and continues from of capital. At a press briefing he said the railways - is shortage there to Chicualacuala. Following a of energy, petroleum products and steel. The price of diesel iron-ore team. 14:00 departure, formedback toforce to work on “problematic government has it runs a task Bulawayo, arriving on Friday has gone up by 24% in the last eight months and there is morning.inThe Chiredzi-Bulawayo service retains its former issues” the contract. When these have been identified, double digit inflation as agreement over key rail and port AML signed a lease well as dollar revaluation”. timing on other daysdevised to rectify shortcomings. If these measures are to be of the week. infrastructure with the government of Sierra Leone in are found to be sufficiently serious to consider terminating Thermitrex (Pty) Ltd Tel: +27 (0)11 914 2540 www.thermitrex.co.za 18 14 RAILWAYS AFRICA RAILWAYS AFRICA 3 | 2008 September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com www.railwaysafrica.com
  16. 16. AfricA UpdAte the contract, he said, the government would not hesitate to the government, through the Railway holdings and Assets take this course. Company (RAhCO), has made rolling stock available, to enable TRL to continue supplying service. he was disappointed, he said, with Rites’ decision to suspend use of its equipment (which was imported from India on hire to TRL), until payment for the leasing eventuates. WORKERS REPAIR LOCOS According to The Citizen (published in Dar-es-Salaam), “TRL (Tanzania Railways Limited) workers at the Morogoro workshop managed to rehabilitate two “defunct” locomotives to show the government they can run the company without “the foreign partner”. The engines had been idle, they told the paper, since Rail India Technical and Engineering Services (Rites) “partnered with the government to establish TRL after the divestiture of the former Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC).” Tanzania Railway Workers’ Union (Trawu) secretary- General Silvester Rwegasira said the two engines were Tanzania Railways Limited is the Rites-led concessionaire of the country’s among five that had been revived by TRL technicians and national system. Photo: Richard Grönstedt. were now in use. There are four others lying idle which could be revived if the necessary facilities and spare parts were On the $US44 million loan which Tanzania Railways provided. Two Rites engines taken to India for repairs, the Limited (TRL) had requested from the International Finance workers said, failed to work when they returned. “They were Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank, Dr Kawambwa tested twice in a trip from Morogoro to Dodoma and they said the latter had initially agreed to provide $14 million to could not make it... they are still lying idle.”They asked the TRL and had already disbursed $7 million. The government government to provide them with required facilities and however requested IFC to withhold the remainder pending spare parts so that they could rehabilitate all engines and the outcome of its discussions with Rites. wagons that have been grounded. Minister Kawambwa gave the assurance that train services ZAMBIA will not come to a halt as a result of Rites’ decision to ZAMBIAN CONCESSION UNDER FIRE suspend the use of its own locomotives, coaches and Zambian presidential special assistant for policy other equipment, pending payment of its dues. he said implementation and monitoring Ben Kapita has urged SAFETY FIRST – BE HEARD Announce your presence – be heard Long, Loud and Clear. Locos don’t stop quickly, so the best way to make a locomotives presence known is through a clear and deliberate sound – RMR provides the best manufactured horns in the world to help you make your presence known. For our African clients and convenience we now have Warehousing capabilities in Durban, to run with MRP/ERP EDI programs in SAP or i2 Factory Planner. Closely located to Port, Rail and highway accesses. Tel: +001 (450) 424 4112 Fax: +001 (450) 424 4026 GM207_RMR/ENG_Presslink 730 Cite des Jeunes Saint Lazare PQ J7T 2BS Canada info.rmr@railroadbusiness.com www.railroadbusiness.com
  17. 17. AfricA UpdAte the government to take over operations of concessionaire doubt committed to continue to run the line. If we were not, Railways Systems of Zambia (RSZ), even if cancellation of we wouldn’t have been investing up to now. RSZ is proud the concession agreement means a cost to the taxpayer. of the way it is dealing with the challenges of vandalism, Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) quoted competition, the bad condition of the line and the world Kapita saying that investor NLPI Limited “has failed to economic crisis.” operate the line”. he pointed out that RSZ had continued to grow without the Commenting to the press, RSZ CEO Benjamin Even said support of the government, hauling one million tonnes of the company has invested about $US25 million to date, cargo annually in the last five years. “This trend is growing compared to the contractual obligation of $15 million with more wagons, locomotives and other means being specified in the agreement signed in 2003 (with which RSZ injected into the system. however, without the support of is fully complying) and that a further $30 million is being government in respect of security and transport policies such put in to enhance operations. he was quoted saying: “One as road levy, and unfair competition, it will be very difficult to must understand that every business venture must include increase tonnages.” the components of investment and return. If the return is not in proportion to the investment, the business will simply ZIMBABWE collapse - as was the case with certain other regional $US1 TO ENTER STATIONS railways. The concession agreement did not specify that National Railways of RSZ is required to bring the rail line to European standards Zimbabwe (NRZ) spokesman as this would be completely non-commercial without very Fanuel Masikati explains that heavy investment from government.” the $US1 fee now charged to vehicles and pushcarts RSZ, he pointed out, had continued to pay taxes, despite the entering the stations at difficult operating environment. “RSZ is still investing in the Bulawayo, harare and Mutare rail line, locomotives, wagons communications and security is a move to reduce congestion - but still in proportion to the return which can be generated; and create parking space all this at a time when parastatal companies in the region are for genuine customers. “The collapsing. RSZ is paying taxes and sustaining itself without pushcart operators should creating any burden on the Zambian government or taxpayer, pay the fees because they and is at the same time still investing and maintaining its are making brisk business, obligation to its employees and suppliers.” dealing with NRZ passengers boarding or disembarking RSZ is firmly committed to running the railway, Even from the trains.” said, despite the difficult policy environment and unfair competition from road transport. “We are 100% without any Garratt used for shunting at the coal stage in Bulawayo. Photo: Geoff Cooke. 16 RAILWAYS AFRICA September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com
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  19. 19. sA rAilnews South African Rail News TRANSPORT MONTH IN SOUTH AFRICA NGQURA RAIL OPERATIONS BEGIN On 30 September, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele In September, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) successfully ran officially launched South Africa’s annual Transport Month. a test train on the new Ngqura connecting line, declaring it he was accompanied by deputy transport minister Jeremy safe for operations. The rail route links the new port to the Cronin, provincial transport MECs, senior government City Deep rail terminal in South Africa’s Gauteng Province officials and key transport stakeholders as well as members via Beaconsfield (Kimberley). A shorter route exists but the of the community. The campaign, themed “Safety in all Bloemfontein-Noupoort section (398km) is not electrified. modes of transport: systems readiness for 2010, Sisonke Transnet has refurbished some 400 container wagons and siyaphambili akujiki,” focuses on the user, operator and will deploy class 7E electric locomotives (25kV AC) on the infrastructure with a strong emphasis on safety. line, which has a designed capacity of six 50-wagon trains per day. TRAVELLING RAIL POLICE STATIONS On 30 September 2009, the Department of Transport’s (DoT) TFR is on target for completion of the port rail terminal, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) launched a marshalling yard, and the connection to the main-line into new “mobile police station coach initiative” associated with the hinterland. Rail-mounted container cranes are now in long-distance rail travel on Shosholoza Meyl. It is aimed operation and there are presently four operational lines in the at improving and ensuring the safety of travellers and in marshalling yard with the remaining five due to be available particular soccer fans in 2010. by March 2010. The yard will accommodate up to six trains per day per direction. The hinterland capacity of two trains daily will be increased as volumes grow, subject to financial and business viability. The commercial launch of the port and associated container terminal was scheduled for October. The Port of Ngqura and its 60,000 hectare container terminal represent Transnet’s solution to South Africa’s long-time lack of sufficient container capacity. To date, in excess of R10 billion has been invested in developing this state-of-the- art port and associated infrastructure. This includes a world- class, two-berth container terminal (with a further two berths under construction), a two-berth multipurpose terminal and a single berth liquid bulk terminal. Ngqura’s advantage over Mobile police station: a new feature of South other ports in Africa is its depth of between 16 and 18 metres, African long-distance trains which is able to accommodate new-generation container “It will promote a positive customer experience and improve vessels. the community’s perception of the service,” the department says. Ngqura will enable Transnet to increase capacity for container volumes, and at the same time relieve container The coach is equipped with a charge office, separate holding congestion in the overall South African port system, while cells for females and males, a safe for locking up firearms attracting additional transhipment cargo. and dockets as well as sleeping compartments for officers. 18 RAILWAYS AFRICA September 2009 www.railwaysafrica.com
  20. 20. sA rAilnews The port control tower will operate throughout the 24 hours, though initially marine operations and services will be restricted to ordinary day hours. Equipment assembled and commissioned to date includes 22 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) and six Megamax ship-to-shore cranes, two rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs), two reach stackers, four empty container handlers and installation of all 1,680 reefer frames for refrigerated cargo. The Navis SPARCS N4 terminal operating system and the auto gate facility have been commissioned. While containers will be the primary cargo focus at the Port of Ngqura, TFR is engaged in a conceptual study of rail- specific traffic, with the aim of other commodities forming part of the transport mix, depending on financial viability and For reasons of efficiency and to maximise economic availability. benefit to businesses in this area, planning of the port has been integrated with that of the adjacent Coega Industrial TRANSNET LEADERSHIP: ZUMA CLARIFIES Development Zone (IDZ). With its excellent supporting Appointing a successor to former Transnet CEO Maria Ramos infrastructure and superstructure, the Ngqura container is the responsibility of public enterprises minister Barbara terminal will be able to accommodate “ultra-mega” ships hogan. Neither the president of South Africa nor anyone carrying 6,000 to 10,000 TEUs. It has the capacity to handle else should be seen to intervene. This is the substance of in excess of 100 container moves per ship working-hour, a statement by President Zuma on 17 September, when with sufficient stack and berth capacity to cater for future he deplored gossip over the issue in the press. Minister growth up to 2 million TEUs. The terminal boasts good inland hogan meanwhile says the matter is being handled by the connectivity for import and export traffic by means of both Transnet Board. Commenting on newspaper speculation, road and rail. she emphasised that TFR CEO Siyabonga Gama had never been shortlisted for the post. Milestones achieved to date included handover of the port control building, the container terminal’s first two (of four) EAST RAND STATIONS’ FACELIFT berths, the two multi-purpose berths, the single liquid berth, A number of stations in the Ekurhuleni municipal area -the the four-storey Transnet Port Terminals administration building East Rand - are being revamped ahead of the 2010 Fifa and the temporary container engineering workshop. World Cup to provide spectators with a “first class” service. Photo: Craig Dean