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The proposed R300-billion investment programme by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is set to not only streamline South Africa's railway capabilities but also potentially create business opportunities and job sustainability for sufficiently prepared local private- sector industry component manufacturers, such as the rail cluster of internationally recognised manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group.

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DCD Rolling Stock is in the process of re-establishing the glory-days of rail manufacturing in South Africa through a R240-million investment in a bogie fabrication facility. African Fusion reports.

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JIKA PASSIVE HYDRAULIC STEERING SYSTEM (PHS)
TEST RESULTS BRIEF AS AT 30 JANUARY 2014

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PUBLIC Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday launched the first R100m phase of a R240m investment by heavy engineering group DCD to recapitalise its railway manufacturing plant in Boksburg.

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DCD Rolling Stock has revolutionised international railway logistics by increasing the lifespan of the average locomotive wheel by three times while reducing track wear by 60% and energy consumption by 3% through the development of its patented Jika passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for locomotives.

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Yet another one comes from DCD Rolling Stock with its patented passive hydraulic steering system for locomotives. This has revolutionised international railway logistics by increasing the lifespan of the average locomotive wheel by three times while reducing track wear by 60%

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DCD Rolling Stock has revolutionised locomotive steering through the development of its patented 'Jika' passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for locomotives.

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Johannesburg-based DCD Rolling Stock has revolutionised international railway logistics by increasing the lifespan of the average locomotive wheel by three times while reducing track wear by 60 percent and energy consumption by three percent - through the development of its patented 'Jika' passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for locomotives.

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October 7, 2013: Johannesburg-based DCD Rolling Stock has revolutionised international railway logistics by increasing the lifespan of the average locomotive wheel by three times while reducing track wear by 60 percent and energy consumption by three percent - through the development of its patented 'Jika' passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for locomotives.

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There has been little significant development in bogie design since 1972, when prominent South African railway engineer Herbert Scheffel developed the self-steering model. His cross-anchor design, known as the HS bogie, is widely used in South Africa. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has about 200,000 examples in service currently.

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Gauteng-based DCD Rolling Stock launched its patented Jika passive hydraulic steering (PHS) system for locomotives earlier this month at the Trans-Africa expo, in Johannesburg.

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Trials have started in South Africa with three locomotives fitted with the Jika passive Hydraulic steering system (PHS) which is aimed at trebling the life of locomotive wheels and reducing track wear by 60%.

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Anglo American Platinum's Rustenburg Platinum Mines has placed an order with DCD Rolling Stock for 20 off new side discharge hopper wagons that will be used to transport platinum ore from the mine's various shafts to the processing plant.

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DCD Rolling Stock, formerly known as RSD, has developed a new bolsterless fabricated passenger coach bogie specifically designed for South African conditions, harnessing the latest internationally proven design concepts and components.  

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