first_imgPractical Railway Engineeringby Clifford F BonnettThis 210 page hardback provides an introduction to basic engineering techniques as applied to railways. Designed as a textbook for Imperial College’s MSc course in Transport, it includes a foreword by Professor Tony Ridley. Brief but informative chapters cover all aspects of the railway operation from ticketing and planning to signalling, drainage and escalators. ú19·00 from World Scientific Publishing, 57 Sheldon Street, London WC2H9HE, Great Britain.Fax: +44 171 836 2020UIP ManifestoThis trilingual 30-page document presents the background to the International Union of Private Wagon Owners Associations, and private wagon operations in Europe. It discusses deregulation, environmental safety, and new markets, and advocates a ’law for rail vehicles’ plus a co-ordinated approach to replacing old wagons. UIP, Boulevard du Souverain 47, Boîte 17, B-1160 Brussels, Belgium.Fax: +32 2 672 8114Arab Railway Statistics 1995Amongst the statistics for 13 Arab railways, these figures show that Moroccan Railways employed 1921 more traffic staff than Syrian Railways but carried over 6 million more passengers, while Saudi Railway Organisation transported 460458 passengers with 451 staff. Tunisian Railways, at over 27 million, carried the most passengers. Other statistics give passenger and freight traffic, rolling stock, and lengths of narrow gauge and electrified lines. There are no figures for Sudan or Mauritania. A directory of 20 Arab railway organisations with personnel is included.Union Arabe des Chemins de Fer, BP6599, Aleppo, Syria .Fax: +963 21 225697last_img read more

Swazis prepare to go west

first_imgSWAZILAND Railways has unveiled plans to build a western link into South Africa, to provide a direct route to Johannesburg and the Gauteng region. Chief Executive Officer Gideon Mahlalela said in Mbabane on May 29 that he hoped the line would be open within five years.The new link would use part of the dismantled route from Matsapha to Kadake, before swinging west along the Usutu river valley to Lothair, in the South African region of Mpumalanga. Here it would connect with an existing Spoornet branch from Ermelo on the Richards Bay heavy-haul coal corridor.SR has already started rehabilitation work on its east-west corridor from Matsapha to the Mozambique border at Goba, following the renovation of CFM’s Goba – Maputo line in an Italian-funded project three years ago. Mahlalela hopes to be able to launch a Matsapha – Maputo passenger service within four years. He expects the service to Johannesburg via Lothair to follow about a year later. SR also plans to launch a luxury tourist train before the end of this year, using the north-south corridor linking Komatipoort and Golela. olast_img read more