Railway Gazette International 1976 December South Africa Railwats
Railway Gazette International 1976 December South Africa Railwats

Railway Gazette International 1976 December South Africa Railwats

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Railway Gazette International 1976 December South Africa Railwats
 
Railway Gazette International
December 1976 Vol 132 No 12
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SOUTH AFRICA REPORT
Gearing up for bulk freight, containers and commuters
South African Railways & Harbours runs at a profit, and Director-General J G H Loubser intends to keep it that way despite a short-term drop in high-rated import traffic. He told RG Editor Richard Hope how SAR's investment strategy was geared increasingly to national objectives of exporting more coal and iron ore. containerising international trade, and boosting capacity for non-white
commuters449
Self-steering wheelsets will reduce wear and permit higher speeds
All wagons delivered to SAR from April 1977 will be fitted with the cross-anchor bogie, developed in South Africa. In addition to reducing rail and wheel wear. self-steering wheelsets may make it possible to raise speeds for both freight and passengers on SAR 453
Management development secures SAR's business future
By last September. sufficient senior staff had been trained with outside help to
launch SAR's own Management Development Centre. Originating in Germany, the week-long courses for senior middle-management are designed to discover talent and leadership ability 457
Radio and CTC will optimise line capacity Bulk coal and iron ore movements superimposed on a general rise in traffic made it essential to equip trunk routes and key functions with modern signalling. Once control is centralised it becomes possible for computers to take basic routeing decisions, and to give priority to loaded trains 459
Builders face a trough but growth will resume in 1978
SAR has a prodigious appetite tor rolling stock which has caused manufacturers to expand capacity almost continually in the last decade. SAR's cash problems have caused temporary cutbacks, but requirements projected for the late-1970s show no let-up in demand 462
Designing trainsets for the world's fastest railway
By the end of the year orders are to be confirmed tor 85 ten-car TGV trainsets
tor the Paris-Lyon high-speed line. Two pre-production sets will be completed by June 1978 and will undergo rigorous tests to evaluate final design of components
464
The truth about Speedlink
. . . or is it?471
Three high-speed recording cars
enter service477
Regirdering the Mahanadi bridge477
Commentary441
News443
Personal448
Equipment & Processes479
Letters480
Sidetrack480
Annual reports482
International diary482
Publications483

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