Egypt and Sudan to connect rail networks with new line

 

News article: Egypt and Sudan to connect rail networks with new line

EGYPT and Sudan have agreed to construct a line from Aswan, Egypt, to Halfa, Sudan, to connect the two countries’ rail networks.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
How on earth is this going to work with Egypt ion Standard Gauge and Sudan on 1067mm gauge?

The extension of the line from Aswan is an excellent idea opening up more access to the lower areas of Egypt for passenger and rail but the break of gauge is problematic.

Let's hope they can get SG into Khartoum at some point.



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Egypt and Sudan to connect rail networks with new line

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  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney

bevansHow on earth is this going to work with Egypt ion Standard Gauge and Sudan on 1067mm gauge?

The extension of the line from Aswan is an excellent idea opening up more access to the lower areas of Egypt for passenger and rail but the break of gauge is problematic.

Let's hope they can get SG into Khartoum at some point.
RP


Fortunately there are other proposals in hand.

(1) Ethiopia wants to extend its brand new SGR to Khartoum in Sudan.

(2) Sudan wants to convert some of its NG to SG such as the line to Port Sudan from Khartoum.

(3) There is a proposal for an East West SGR line to Cameroon via CAR. Cameroon is unfortunately 1000mm gauge, not  1067mm.

(4) A SGR line from Egypt from the North can connect with the Ethiopian line from the South (see (1) )

(5) It is proposed to extend the new SGR in Kenya to South Sudan where it meet the NG Sudan line at Waw, to be converted in turn to SG.

All these projects can be done in small stages. Old rails are too light for modern axle-loads and speeds and are not much use except for fence posts.

Saudi have stopped using heritage water for growing crops, and would be better off using SG rail to import foodstuffs.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Just a reminder that Khartoum has a population of 6 million. A decent SG line right thru has merit.

Political instability and mismanagement the main barriers to keeping it sustainable.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Forgive my iggerance but what is 'heritage water' and how is it different from any other water?
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Forgive my ignorance but what is 'heritage water' and how is it different from any other water?
YM-Mundrabilla
Some of the water extracted from underground basins may have entered that basin thousands if not millions if years ago, and once extracted may take a similar time to refill.

Thus very old artesian water might be called "heritage water".
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Humbug! Heritage water indeed!Rolling Eyes
It's simply what any SOB* would call artesian water!
* silly old bastard.
  62440 Chief Commissioner

Several years ago, I worked on a project in Sudan to standardise the rail network and upgrade the line to Port Sudan. It made a lot of sense but I have no idea what happened to the study.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Now that Sudan has SG to the north in Egypt and to the South in Ethiopia, it makes a lot of sense to convert NG (1067mm) to SG in the middle and connect these two SG systems. There is also the matter of the proposal for SG from Sudan through the Central African Republic to Cameroon which has a different Narrow Gauge (1000mm) namely metre gauge.

Today (11 April) EGY and SUD signed an agreement  for a 900km SG line from Aswan to Khartoum, about 900km. Note that the connection station is at the capital city of Khartoum and not a middle of nowhere station equal to Albury.

See: https://www.railway-technology.com/news/egypt-sudan-900km-long-railway-line/
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Where is the SG line to Ethiopia?
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Where is the SG line to Ethiopia?

Ethiopia is proposing a SG branch line to Metema on the Sudan border, "half" way to Khartoum, where it would connect with the SG line from Aswan in Egypt. The maps earlier in this thread do not show the scale.

Besides the all-important rail gauge the SG lines from Sudan and Ethiopia need to be compatible in other ways, such as:
* Loading gauge
* Couplers British Buffer and Chain in Egypt and American AAR in Ethiopia
* Loco multiple unit controls
* Axle loads and rail weights, say 25T and 60kg/m.
* Ruling Gradients
* Curves and thus many speed limits.
* Train lengths and crossing loop lengths
* Advanced signalling such as ETCS.
* 25kV 50Hz electrification
* Double stacking perhaps?

* A freight hub needs to be established on vacant land near but not necessarily in Khartoum the capital of Sudan. Similarly a passenger hub, with enough platforms to serve trains in all directions at the same time.

* Some but not necessarily all of Sudan's NG lines would be converted to SG, including the line to Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

* Any upgrade of the NG lines should use Dual Gauge Concrete sleepers, like Ghana and Nigeria.

See: https://www.railntransit.com/projects/ethiopia-sudan-railway/

The proposed route is Addis Ababa (ETH)-Awash-Kombolcha-Weldiya-Wereta-Gonder-Metema (border)-Galabat-Gadarif-Kassala-Haiya-Port of Sudan. (SUD)

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
If we are still posting in 15 years time and I am not pushing up flowers from my coffin what will SG look like in Africa at that time ?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
If we are still posting in 15 years time and I am not pushing up flowers from my coffin what will SG look like in Africa at that time ?
freightgate

SG will become apparent when ports on the coasts are connected and SG will then radiate from the ports paid for in Chinese currency.

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