We have posted on our website Volumes 1 & 2 of Greg Hart’s excellent series on South African Signal Diagrams and Station Layouts during 2017. Greg has just completed Volume 3. Click on the link to view: https://issuu.com/southafricanrailwayssignaldiagramss/docs/glh_diagram_book_-_volume_3
Dear FEDRAIL SA member,
The latest newsletter from WATTRAIN (The World Alliance of Tourist Trams & Trains) of which FEDRAIL SA is a member, is now available on line. It has given some good coverage to our member, Sandstone Heritage Trust, for their 2019 Stars of Sandstone event. Please click here to view.
James Hall Museum of Transport, Johannesburg, Open Day Saturday 17th February.
The James Hall Museum will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 17th February. FEDRAIL SA has established a close working relationship with the museum. The Lawley steam locomotive, NG97, at one of our members, Sandstone Heritage Trust is on loan from the museum and was restored by Sandstone to working order.The museum is well worth a visit with varied exhibits ranging from a London bus to South Africa’s own electric car. For full details of the event click here
Dear FEDRAIL SA member,
Please click on the links to view the notice for Department of Transport workshop on the Draft Rail Safety Bill and Draft White Paper on National Rail Policy.
Your attention is also drawn to the Draft Railway Safety Bill of 2017 which will replace the National Railway Safety Regulator Act 16 of 2002 where on initial viewing a number of functions of the RSR have been changed or extended.
The Railway Safety Regulator. Determination of 2018-2019 fees. The Railway Safety Regulator, via The Government Gazette, has published a draft on the determination of 2018/2019 fees. Please click here to view
As Cape Town approaches Day Zero for their water supply we came across this article in the Indian Express where a similar disaster was looming in India Perhaps Transnet Freight Rail should be looking at this? The Link : http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/latur-water-train-maharashtra-marathwada-water-crisis-2756869/
Track laying has commenced on the section of line between Rayton and Cullinan which was stolen in March 2017 resulting in the derailment of 15F 3052. The TFR tracklaying train and crew moved into position to renew the +/- 200 metres of missing track on Tuesday 23rd January. Our pictures show the train arriving at Rayton and the crew unloading the replacement rails prior to connecting up the track and sleepers.
The Railway Safety Regulator kindly invites you to attend a Technical Workshop scheduled for the Eastern Cape region on the 14 – 15 February 2018.
Please find attached, the following applicable documents for the Workshop:
12AR number 1535 has been returned to service after major boiler repairs having been staged for almost four years. The locomotive will haul its first train on Saturday December 16th to Magaliesburg. 1535 which will be 99 years old in 2019 is now the oldest operating 3’6” gauge steam locomotive in South Africa.
Our pictures from Reefsteamers show the loco being prepared for the December 16th train and also the first fire in the boiler for some four years.
The latest “On Track” newsletter from the Railway Safety Regulator makes good reading with full coverage of and comment on the latest State of Safety Report.
Click here to view.
Following on from Transnet’s press announcement of rail rejuvenation in the Southern Cape, The Friends of the Choo-Tjoe have released their latest newsletter.
Click here to view
The Department of Transport has issued new legislation via the Railway Safety Regulator for the development of National Railway Safety Standards which supersede the original development process of 2007 - Click here to read PDF
Narrow gauge enthusiasts around the world have been shocked by the scrapping of the last remaining NGG16 locomotives from the Port Shepstone-Harding line at Paddock in Kwa Zulu Natal in recent months despite efforts by the Sandstone Heritage Trust to purchase and preserve them. This has now attracted the attention of Narrow Gauge World Magazine in the UK with an article on these sad events. Click here to view the article.
Greg Hart has now completed the second volume of South African Railways Signal Diagrams.
You can view this by clicking on this link : https://issuu.com/southafricanrailwayssignaldiagramss/docs/glh_diagram_book_-_volume_2_issuu
The latest WATTRAIN Newsletter is available on the FEDRAIL SA web site, click here to view the September 2017 edition.
The latest On Track newsletter from the Railway Safety Regulator, August 2017 - Click here to read PDF
The Transnet Library has released its latest newsletter from the Digital Rail Images SA (DRISA) project. Click here to see the latest developments.
The Department of Transport has released its draft White Paper on future rail policy. It will make interesting reading for all of our members. Click here to view the document
The latest news from Apple Express and the steaming of NG15 number 119 plus 91-011 headed for Argentina. Click here to read the PDF
The latest Newsletter from WATTRAIN including a piece on South African preservation and rail tourism : Click here to read PDF
Reefsteamers will be holding their annual Open Day on Saturday 5th August, you can find full details on the attached poster including a steam train ride and return from Rhodesfield to Germiston. Click here to read the Flyer
Greg Hart has published an on line book, South African Railway Signal Diagrams & Station Layouts: Volume 1.
You can enjoy this by clicking on the link: South African Railway Signal Diagrams : Volume 1
Great news from the Apple Express in Port Elizabeth in that they will be holding the first public steaming and photography experience of NG15 number 119 on Saturday 15th July which has been recently restored at Humewood Road Diesel Depot. Click the below links to Read more :
Apple Express’s newly restored steam locomotive, NG15 no. 119
Apple Express Ng15 no. 119 in steam! Program
The latest On Track newsletter from the Railway Safety Regulator. Click here to read PDF
As you know Fedrail SA is a member of WATTRAIN, the World Alliance of Tourist Trams and Trains. They have just produced a new Newsletter, here is the first edition for your information. Click here to read PDF
The latest DRISA (Digital Rail Images South Africa) has been published. This initiative aims to digitise thousands of images held in the Transnet Library in conjunction with SAICE, The South African Institution Of Civil Engineering.
You can read their latest developments on : http://fedrail.co.za/images/pdf/may2017/DRISA_Newsletter_201703.pdf
The latest “On Track” newsletter from the Railway Safety Regulator.
Click here for some interesting reading.
Below attached notifications for the publication of the following National Railway Safety Management Standards:
Railway safety management Part 1: General
20 December 2016
Railway safety management Part 2-1: Requirements for systemic engineering and operational safety standards - Electrical distribution and overhead traction systems,
20 February 2017
Railway safety management Part 2-2: Requirements for systemic engineering and operational safety standards - Track and associated civil infrastructure and installations
07 October 2016
Please start familiarising yourselves with the requirements of these standards, and further communication regarding the commencement of implementation will be forwarded soon.
The Railway Safety Regulator kindly invites you to attend a Technical Workshop scheduled for the Western Cape Region on the 07th-08th June 2017
Please click on the linkk for the following applicable documents for the Workshop:
- Invitation with details of the Technical Workshop
- The Registration Form
Kindly take note of the safety benefit of these sessions and give them priority.
The final date for registration is the 30th May 2017
Confirmation of attendance will be sent out to all on the 31st May 2017
For further enquiries, do not hesitate to contact Xoliswa Majoka @ (012) 848 3116