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The 40 tonne axleload will come

first_imgbut track and train need common management’CONSIDER a new heavy haul railway with 40 tonne axleloads and high adhesion locos hauling frequent trains at 120 km/h, and suppose it damages your business. What are you going to say to your business manager?’ This warning from Harry Tournay of Spoornet was issued to nearly 400 engineers and specialists in the heavy haul freight business at the Sixth International Heavy Haul Conference held in Cape Town on April 6-10. Delegates had spent three days deliberating on engineering advances that would allow them to haul more tonnes at lower cost. While the iron ore market has recovered from the slump of the mid-1980s, thanks in part to rising steel demand in China and other booming Asian economies, Ben Alberts of South Africa’s Iron & Steel group ISCOR said that ’the price in real terms is in constant decline’.It was against this background that Spoornet Chief Executive Braam le Roux reminded delegates that the IHHA ’was not a very natural partnership because the customers are international competitors’. How refreshing then, that IHHA members are still willing to share their expertise in the unending search for the ideal wheel-rail interface where wear is controlled to the practical minimum. Much progress has already been made – in the last 10 years, according to the IHHA’s first chairman Dr Bill Harris, rail life has been extended from 600 million to 2 billion gross tonnes. All heavy haul railways stand to benefit from the unique fund of knowledge and research that exists within the IHHA, as do other railways with lower tonnages who experience the same wear problems over longer timescales.Le Roux urged delegates ’to push the limits beyond those which enable sound sleep’. This will require the courage to exploit advanced technologies, which could include automated train health checking, ’smart’ trains with on-board rolling stock monitoring and perhaps crewless operation, optic fibre rail integrity checking, and ground penetrating radar to ensure the subgrade is in good fettle. Perhaps the biggest challenge is to go beyond the 38 tonne axleload limit already being contemplated by BHP in Australia’s Pilbara, with 40 tonnes and beyond forming the quantum leap that Tournay saw as missing in topics up for debate at the conference.In contemplating the advance beyond current axleload limits, Harris warned that it was ’imperative to treat the railway as a system’ and cited the cost in terms of track wear in North America in the 1970s after many railroads introduced so-called 100 ton cars (loaded weight 119·3 tonnes) – ’it wasn’t long before the subgrade let us know that it wasn’t very happy’. Outgoing IHHA Chairman John Reoch considered separation of operations from infrastructure to be ’fundamentally flawed’, a view supported by Roy Allen, Vice President, Research & Test, at the AAR who pointed to rail grinding that had contributed to a spate of derailments affecting double-stack trains.It will be instructive to see how aspiring IHHA members in Sweden (operator MTAB and infrastructure authority Banverket) handle the planned upgrade to 30 tonne axleloads on the Luleå – Kiruna – Narvik line; the price of getting it wrong could be high. To find out what transpires, rendez-vous in Russia in 1999 for the IHHA’s next specialist technical session on the wheel-rail interface. olast_img read more

Media coverage of the March For Life NZ

first_imgThe Government is looking at decriminalising abortion and making it a health issue.The protestors say abortion means taking a life and should be treated as such. Hundreds of pro-life advocates take to Wellington’s streets in opposition of abortion reformStuff co.nz 8 December 2018 Several pro-life organisations have joined forces to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to the hot-button topic of abortion.Organised by five groups, the March for Life – touted as a counter-protest to this a similar pro-choice event earlier in the week – drew a large crowd to Wellington’s Te Ngākau Civic Square on Saturday.The several-hundred-strong crowd then marched through the central city to the grounds of Parliament to listen to a number of speeches by family advocates and National Party MPs, including Simon O’Connor and Alfred Ngaro.The march comes on the back of the Labour-led Government’s proposal to remove abortion from the Crimes Act, as well as a Law Commission report into the topic earlier this year.In October, the commission released its briefing paper examining alternatives to abortion law, following Justice Minister Andrew Little’s proposal to make abortion a health issue rather than a criminal one.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/109200149/hundreds-of-prolife-advocates-take-to-wellingtons-streets-in-opposition-of-abortion-reform Sir Bill English joins anti-abortion activists in march through WellingtonNewsHub 8 December 2018 Sir Bill English was among more than a thousand anti-abortion campaigners who marched through Wellington on Saturday afternoon.The former prime minister joined MPs and GPs to take over Wellington’s busiest shopping street as the debate over taking abortion out of the Crimes Act picks up steam.It’s the second year the March for Life has been held in Wellington – last year’s marked 40 years since the passing of the Act that allowed abortions to become more easily available. Organisers say this year the crowd was double the size.“We’ve had forty years of abortion, over 500,000 children have been legally aborted, and why aren’t we looking at that and talking about that and listening to people’s voices who’ve been affected?” asked protestor Kate Cormack.“It’s pretty exciting that people are interested and want to get out and come from all over New Zealand to be part of that.”READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/12/sir-bill-english-joins-anti-abortion-activists-in-march-through-wellington.html Abortion protesters: ‘We will not be silent’Radio NZ News 8 December 2018A sea of banners and balloons covered Parliament grounds in Wellington at an anti-abortion rally this afternoon.About 1200 people, including former prime minister Sir Bill English, were at the rally.Justice Minister Andrew Little has previously said he wanted to decriminalise abortion and make it simpler to get one.Speakers at the rally, including National MPs Simon O’Connor and Alfred Ngaro, urged the crowd to work to oppose and defeat such changes.Mr O’Connor said people should stand up for what they believed in.“I hope with your voices, we will not be silent. We will always stand for life – a consistent ethic of life.“We will be proud, and we will never stop fighting.”READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/377829/abortion-protesters-we-will-not-be-silent Hundreds march to Parliament in rally against abortionTVNZ One News 8 December 2018Hundreds have marched to Parliament today in a rally against abortion.The ‘March for Life’ was protesting against a proposal to change abortion laws. Christian groups and politicians, Including former prime minister Sir Bill English, made up the crowd.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/hundreds-march-parliament-in-rally-against-abortionlast_img read more