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GAUTRAIN’S EXCITING OUTLOOK FOR 2010

GAUTRAIN’S EXCITING OUTLOOK FOR 2010

This year will be one of the most exciting years in the history of Gautrain. Already, in the beginning of 2010, trains are being tested on the line to OR Tambo International Airport. The most important Milestone this year is that the Gautrain will commence its Phase 1 operations on the section between Sandton Station and OR Tambo International Airport. Although the contractual completion date for...

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Gautrain celebrates major milestone as 15,5km tunnel is completed

Gautrain celebrates major milestone as 15,5km tunnel is completed

Excavation of Gautrain’s 15km tunnel is complete. This major milestone was achieved on Friday when construction teams detonated the final blast at Emergency Shaft 2, near The Wilds in Johannesburg. This is also the spot where Gautrain’s customised Tunnel Boring Machine came to a halt at the end of January 2009 when it completed its three kilometre drive. In order to excavate the 15,5km tunnel...

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GAUTRAIN’S GIANT TUNNEL BORER REACHES ITS FINAL DESTINY

GAUTRAIN’S GIANT TUNNEL BORER REACHES ITS FINAL DESTINY

It was a significant and somewhat poignant moment when Gautrain’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) completed its last meter for the project before being powered down at the end of January. Named Imbokodo, the TBM successfully completed a three-kilometre length of tunnel that runs between Rosebank Station and Emergency Shaft 2, situated at The Wilds in Houghton. It will take three months to dismantle...

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TUNNEL BREAK THROUGH CEREMONY

TUNNEL BREAK THROUGH CEREMONY

Newly appointed Gauteng Premier Paul Shipokosa Mashatile on 23 October performed an official ceremony signifying the meeting of Gautrain’s two twin-track tunnels which were excavated simultaneously towards each other from Mushroom Farm Park and from Marlboro Portal. PREMIER MASHATILE AND HIS DELEGATION CELEBRATES THE TUNNEL BREAK THROUGH CEREMONY WITH GAUTRAIN WORKERS Accurate geological...

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TBM LAUNCH AND NAMING CEREMONY

Reaching one of the most significant milestones since construction started IN 2006 is the arrival, assembly and naming of Gautrain’s long-awaited, high-technology Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) at Rosebank Station. The naming of a TBM is a time honoured tradition throughout the world. Boring cannot start until local people have chosen a suitable name and, as is customary, it is given a woman’s...

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IMPLOSION IN JOHANNESBURG MADE WAY FOR GAUTRAIN

The implosion of four buildings which made way for the Gautrain Park Station Precinct took place at 09:00 on Sunday, 4 February 2007. These multiple story buildings were situated on the corners of Smit, Wolmerans, Eloff and Joubert Streets in Braamfontein. The method of demolition was an implosion that caused a controlled and gradual collapse of the buildings. Small quantities of explosive...

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