Friday, August 25, 2006

The 2005 ENR

The 2005 ENR:

Operated 5,063 km of rail using standard gauge of 1435 mm. This is the same gauge as used by neighboring Libya and Israel. In the South the railway system of Sudan operates on a narrow gauge. Rail service is a critical part of the transportation infrastructure of the country but of limited service for transit. Majority of engines are diesel-driven. Sixty-three km are electrified, namely commuter lines between Cairo-Hulwan and Cairo-Heliopolis. While ENR purchases engines and rail abroad, passenger wagons are built and refurbished in Egypt by the Societe General Egyptienne de Materiel des Chemins de Fer. While some services have been privatized that is some food service, sleeper trains, ENR is considering further steps in privatization to increase efficiency and improve service. In addition ENR has dormant real estate holding that it plans to utilize in a more profitable way.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


On May 5 a clouds formed around and moved towards westward. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center released a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert on May 8, shortly before it upgraded the storm to a Tropical Depression. On May 9 the cloud has converted in to a tropical storm. The Macau then named it as "Chanchu" which means pearl. The JTWC then upgraded it to a typhoon on May 10. The storm maintained a westerly track and made two landfalls in the Philippines, causing 32 deaths in the countryand $1.9 million in damage, much of it to agriculture.