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Month: March 2016

Rail Accidents in 2016

All transport accidents are unwanted accidents but, the most unwanted accident in overland transport is rail accident. Why? It is because one rail accident can kill or injure a fairly large number of people more than other land transport. For instance, on 20th of March, 2015, an India train knows as Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derails and killed 15 people while 150 people are injured in a single accident. However, rail accidents that occurred in 2016 are here below:   4 January in US. A Tri-Rail passenger train collided with a garbage truck which had broken down on a grade crossing at Lake Worth station, Florida and was derailed. 22 people were injured. 8 January in Thailand- A passenger train collided with a Cattle truck near Phetchaburi Railway Station, Phetchaburi province and was derailed. 3 people are killed, 34 people were injured.  

List of rail accidents in the year 2015

Often the time, I have seen people talking about road accident either on radio or news paper while a plane crash make a big noise in the world, but it is not common to see many people in the country, talking about rail accident when you compare it to how they talk about road accident or plane crash in the country. At this point, it is interesting to let you know that there are several rail accidents in 2015 that you need to know and here below are the list of rail accidents in the said year:
  • 7th of January- Canada – A CN freight train 114 cars derails between the community of Jarrow, Alberta and village of lrma. 23 cars also derail.
  • 14th of January-USA- A Texas Department of Criminal Justice bus with 12 inmates and 3 officers was traveling from Abilene, Texas to El Paso, Texas when it collided with a train, near Odessa, Texas, killing 10.
  • 3rd February, in USA, A Metro-North Railroad train strikes one car at a crossing near Valhalla, New York, and cateches on fire, killing 6 people.
  • 13th of February, in India, Anekal derailment of intercity Express in the Bangalore of Kamataka, India killing 10 and injuring 150 more.
  • 16th February, in Canada A CN freight train transporting crude oil derails 80 km south of Timmins, Ontaro. 29 of 100 cars derail and 7 crude oil tank cars catch fire.
  • 16th Feburary, in US.- A CSX freight train derails in West Virginina. A broken rail caused 19 Bakken crude oil tank cars to catch fire, with 1,100 people evacuated from their homes nearby.
  • February 20 in Switzerland-Rafz train crash an S-Bahn train and an interregio express train collide at Rafz.
  • 24th of February, in US. Oxnard train derailment a Metrolink train hits a road vehicle at Oxnard, California. The train engineer dies and 29 others are injured.
  • 25th February, in US, A CN freight train traveling from Winnipeg, Mnitoba to Superior, Wisconsin derails 25 miles northwest of Duluth, Minnesota. Thirteen of 107 cars in the train derail, some of which contain naphthalene. No injuries or spills were reported.
  • 2 March in US. A Pacific train hauling hazardous material derails near Meacham, Oregon; 10 cars jump the tracks in a narrow canyon overlooking Meacham Creek.
  • 5 March in US. A BNSF oil train derails in a rural area near Galena, Illinois. 21 of the 105 cars, leave the track and catch fire, which continues to burn, no injuries are reported.
  • 6 March in Netherlands- A passenger train runs into the rear of a freight train between Tilburg Universiteit and Tilburg stations. A few passenger suffer slight injuries.
  • 7th of March in Canada- A CN freight train derails near the small Northern Ontario village of Gogama, Ontario. 40 out of 100 cars derail, with 5 of them entering the Makami River and 7 carrying crude oil catching fire and burning for several days.
  • 7th of March UK. – A charter train overruns a signal at Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire and comes to a stop foul of a junction, where an express train has passed through a minute earlier. As a direct result of the incident, West Coast Railway Company were banned from accessing all lines in the UK as of 3 April, 2015.
  • 9th of March in United States- An Amtrak passenger train collides with a tractor trailer in Halifax, North Carolina. No life-threatening injuries were reported. The accident was caught on video.
  • 10 March in Vietnam- A passenger train collide with a vehichle on level crossing in Hai Lang District and is derailed. The train driver is killed and 4 people were seriously injured.
  • 12 March in Netherlands- A fire occurs on a passenger train at Abcoude, Utrecht. All on board are evacuated. 24 people are taken to hospital.
  • 15 March in US.- A Norfolk Southern freight train crashes into a white Toyota Camry car with 4 passengers in it while it was crossing the tracks at a level crossing in Buechel, Kentucky. 2 people were killed in the crash while 2 were injured and taken to nearby hospital.
  • 20 March in India- 15 people are killed, 150 are injured as the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derails in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli.
  • 26 March in Thailand- A passenger train runs into the rear of another in Phachi District. 52 people are injured in the collision, three seriously.
  • 28th of March in USA- an Expo Line train collides with two cars causing the 2015 Los Angeles train crash. There are at least 21 injuries.
  • 31st of March in Australia- A freight train runs into the rear of another at Keswick, Adelaide, South Australia. At least one of the rail is derailed and 2 level crossings are blocked.
  • 10th of April in Canada- A freight train derails north east of Calgary, Alberta.
  • 15th of April in United Kingdom- A empty Southern Class 377 train unit no. 118 derails in Lovers Walk, Brighton causing damage to electrical cable that supply power. No passengers were in the train but the driver is not injured by the result. Buses replace train in the afternoon and the morning of 16/4/2015.
  • 27 April in US. – Several well cars of a Union Pacific train derail off a Bridge City, Louisiana during a severe storm.
  • 28 April in South Africa- Two passenger trains collide at Denver station, near Johannesburg. One person is killed and about 240 people are injured.
  • 6 May in US. – A train derails near Heimdal, North Dakota, which ignites a crude oil fire in 6 tanker cars and forces the evacuation of approximately 40 nearby residents. Npo injuries or fatalities were reported.
  • 12 May in US. – Amtrak passenger train Northeast Regional Train 188, coming from Washington D. C. to New York City and carring an estimated 238 passengers and five crew, derails and partially rolls over on its side in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Out of the 243 passengers and crew on the train more than 200 are injured in the derailment, with a confirmation of 8 deaths. This is the U. S.‘s deadliest train incident in almost 6 years.
  • 13 May,-US. A CSX freight train collides with a bus in East Point, Georgia that was trapped on a railroad crossing by traffic, while stopped at a traffic light. 6 people were injured in the wreck.
  • 16 May in Germany- A passenger train collides with an agricultural vehicle on a level crossing at lbbenburen, North-Rhine Westphalia. 2 people are killed and 20 are injured.
  • 25 May, in India – An express train derails between Athsarai amd Sirathu stations, Uttar Pradesh. 2 people are killed and over 100 are injured.
  • 30 May, in UK. 2 electric multiple units collide at Cambridge. 3 people are injured.
  • 11 June in Tunisia 19 people are killed and 98 injured when a rush hour passenger train hits a lorry and derails at an unmarked crossing south of Tunis. Most of the dead were passenger on the train which hit the lorry around 60 km south of the capital the transport ministry said.
  • 28 June in India an electric unit overruns the buffers at churchgate, Mumbai. Five people are injured.
  • 30 June in UK. A freight train is derailed near Langworth, Lincoishire.
  • July 2nd in US. A train carrying hazardous materials goes off of its tracks near Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • July 2nd in Pakistan Army passenger train is derailed when a bridge over a canal collapses under it at Gujiranwala.19 of the 300 people on board are killed.
  • 18th of July, in South Africa 2 passenger trains are in collision at Booysens, Johannesburg. Over 100 people are injured.
  • 22nd of July, in Czech Republic- A train crashes with a truck in Studenka whereby 3 people die and 13 others are injured.
  • 26 July in UK. – A Southeastern Class 375 collides with herd of cattle on the line at Chilham, kent and 375703’s front coach is derailed. There are no injuries amongst the 70 passengers.
  • 1st of August, in Uk- A ballast train runs into the rear of another ballast train near Cumnock, Ayrshire. Both trains are derailed.
  • 4th of August in India- 2 passenger trains are derailed near Kudawa, Madhya Pradesh due to the tracked being washed away by the Machak River. 29 people are killed.
  • August 8, in Russian- Passenger train with number 233 in Mordovia derails because of boarding of the rails. 4 railcars of a passenger train en route from Yekaterinburg to Adler run off the rails in Mordovia. 5 passengers are injured.
  • 24th of August, in India-A Bangalore-Nanded Express train number 16594 is rammed by a granite-laden truck at level crossing near Madakasira in Anantapur district, leading to derailment of 4 coaches and killing 6 people.
  • 12 September in Germany- A passenger train collides with a car in Monzingen, killing the 5 occupants of the car.
  • 12 September in India- A passenger train derails on the Kalka-Shimla Railway killing 2 and injuring 9 of the 37 passengers on board.
  • 16 September, in Germany- A passenger train is in collision with a bus on a level crossing at Hedendorf. All those on board the bus, which had stalled, had been evacuated before the accident. 1 passenger on the train is injured.
  • 5th of October, in US. – An Amtrak passenger train strikes rocks on the line and derails near Northfield, Vermont.
  • 24 October in US. A southbound Union Pacific freight train hauling 64 cars of gravel and concrete materials was swept off the tracks by flood waters just north of Corsicana, Texas, after Hurricane Patricia’s weak remnants dumped 18 inches of rain on the area over a 2-day period. Both crew members were rescued from the flood waters uninjured.
  • 14 November, in France- A high speed TVG test train derails near Eckwersheim, north of Strasbourg (Alsace), killing 11 people and injuring the remaining 49 survivors; no criminal cause is suspected, despite the event taking place hours after the November 2015 Paris attacks.
  • 14 November, in US. A freight train collided with a Toyota Camry in North Carolina, killing the 2 elderly passengers of the vehicle.
  • 17 November, in Pakistan- The Jaffar Express is derailed at Aab-e-Gum. 20 people are killed and 96 injured.
  • 27 December, in Australia- A freight train carrying 819,000 litres of sulphuric acid derails 20 km (20mi) east of Julia Creek, Queensland, leaking up to 31, 500 litres of acid.

Transport: A desirable element in tourism industry

Transport and tourism are two sides of a coin that cannot be separated from each other when it comes to tourism industry. Although, transport can survive without tourism but tourism cannot survive without transportation, this explains why transport is more crucial in tourism industry. Transport plays a key role in expansion of both international and national tourism, transport provides connections between regions, domestically and internationally and connecting attractions, accommodation and commercial services. Transport as it were has major effect on the growth of tourism in any nation. The important of tourism varies from one country to another and it has the potential to contribute significantly to the country’s wealth. At this point, it is important to examine the benefits of tourism to any nation and to also see why transport is so crucial to achieve these benefits. * Tourism creates employment. One of the benefits of tourism is the jobs it brings to the people; it creates direct employments, such direct employments are tour guides, hotel staff, coach services, restaurants, drivers among others. Another interesting fact about tourism is that they source for locally produced goods and products; this means tourism can also boost local industries, therefore, creating indirect jobs to the people. Therefore, without transport job creation in tourism will be difficult, if not impossible. *It makes more money available in local community Tourism enhances global trade, there are quite number of basic human needs that a tourist will like to buy or have, example of these needs are: food, clothing, hairdressing, transportation, medical services and so on, therefore, the money spent by the tourists at the tourist center on their basic needs, makes more money available in the community thereby, boosting the local economy of the community. Nevertheless, if tourist centers are not easily accessible by train or bus, then the act of buying and selling will appear to be a mere fallacy, as a result of this, more money will not available to boost the economy of the community. *Economy diversification Tourism is another way to generate revenue into the economy. Tourism is essential to a community or country that relies majorly on a single industry, to such country or community; it is a viable source to generate revenue. *It improves infrastructure. Tourism enables a nation to develop infrastructure of the nation’s rural area where tourist centers are located, for any tourist center to function very well and to attract a lot of tourists, then good infrastructure must be developed. Building of good roads, parking space, hospital, electricity, airports and so on, will encourage more visitors (tourists) to visit tourist center in the local area. Since tourism also generates a lot of revenue to the economy, then, government is also expected to develop good infrastructure for tourist centers. *It brings cultural advantages. Tourism can also be used to protect cultural heritage of a particular community where tourist center is located. Tourists may also have the opportunity to know the history of the local community. It also promotes inter-cultural exchange. However, it is important to note that the huge benefits that tourism brings to the communities and the nation at large cannot be achieved without transportation. This explains why transport is inevitable in tourism.

The best airlines in the world for 2016

Air transport is important to any nation, people and organization. It is the fastest mode of transport that provides access to different cities in the world. However, the following are the award winner in 2016 airline awards: Airline of the year :Air New Zealand has been rated as the best airline for the year 2016. The airline offers economy seats to its customers and also takes good care of all its customers, the airline has 10, 500 staff globally that work with passion to make Air New Zealand a great industry. Best First Class: Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways won the award. The airways offers excellence, First Class and Business Class to its passengers. The First Class apartment is much more than a seat; it is exceptional product that stuns every passenger .Best Business Class: Singapore Airlines is rated as the Best Business Class for the year 2016. In its business quality meals are served with wines, video or audio is also provided on demand to passengers. Noise canceling headphones and amenity are also provided to the customers. The seats in the Business Class also have seat pitch of at least 55 inch which can be transformed in to flat beds. Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand has won the Best Premium Economy. Premium Economy is that seat between Business and Economy Class; it is 30% expensive more than Economy class and 70% cheaper than Business Class. Many airline industries do not want to introduce Premium Economy because they believe it will reduce the passengers for Business Class. They believe it will downgrade Business Class, if introduced.  Best Economy:  Air New Zealand is also considered as the Best Economy airline. The airline has excellent customer care. The customer service in Air New Zealand is very welcoming. The cabin crews are also efficient and friendly, due to the customer service from the cabin crew you will surely enjoy your flight no matter how long it is. Best Low Cost Airlines   There are 4 airlines that won this award this year because it is a competitive award. However, the 4 airlines that won the award are: Virgin America, Scoot, and Norwegian. These 4 airlines enable millions of people to travel by air by providing affordable flight for them. Best Lounges:  The Qantas Lounges won the award. The lounges provide complimentary food and beverages and the airline’s lounges have internet access that can handle the demand of what is lacking in many lounges. Best Caterin: Qantas also won the award, the airline offer cheaper and quality meal when you compare it to       other airline. It also provides opportunities to its numerous customers to order their meal online before ahead the flight. Source: ( it is the world’s safety and product rating website.    

Do you know these? The best airlines in 2015

Source : Skytrax World Airline Awards The best airlines in 2015 are voted for by travelers around the world. Air transport is important to any nation, people and organization. It is the fastest mode of transport that provides access to different cities in the world. However, the following are the award winner in 2015 airline awards:
  1. Qatar Airways wins the World’s Best Airline Award for third time in 5 years; Best Airline in the Middle East and World’s Best Business Class Airlines Seat.
  2. Garuda Indonesia wins World’s Best Cabin Staff for second year running.
  3. Emirates wins the World’s Best In-flight Entertainment and World’s Best First Class Comfort Amenities.
  4. Singapore Airlines receives top Award for World’s Best Business Class. The Best Airline in Asia and the World’s Best First Class Airline Seat.
  5. AirAsia wins the World’s Best Low-Cost airline award for 7th year running and Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia. The airline also wins World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin and World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium seat.
  6. Aegean Airlines receives award Best Regional Airlines in Europe.
  7. Aeroflot Russian Airlines wins Best Airline in Eastern Europe.
  8. Air Arabia wins Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East.
  9. Air Astana wins Best Airline in Central Asia/ India and it also wins, the Best Airline Staff Service in Central Asia / India.
  10. Air France receives World’s Most Improved Airline. It also receives the World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge Dining.
  11. Air New Zealand wins the World’s Best Premium Economy Class cabin; World’s Best Premium Economy Class Airline Seat and World’s Best Premium Economy Class Onboard Catering.
  12. ANA All Nippon Airways receives the World’s Best Airport Services and the Best Airline Staff Service in Asia.
  13. Asiana Airlines wins World’s Best Economy Class and World’s Best Economy Class Onboard Catering.
  14. Austrian wins the Best Airline Staff Service in Europe and the World’s Best Business Class onboard Catering.
  15. Avianca wins the Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean and the Best Airline Staff Service in Central America / Caribbean.
  16. Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras wins the Best Low-Cost Airline in South America.
  17. Cathay Pacific Airways wins the Best Airline in Central America / Caribbean.
  18. Copa Airlines wins the Best Regional Airline in America/Caribbean.
  19. Dnata receives World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge.
  20. Dragonair wins World’s Best Regional Airline and Best Regional Airline in Asia.
  21. Etihad Airways wins the World’s Best First Class and the World’s Best First Class Onboard Catering.
  22. EVA Air wins World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness.
  23. Finnair wins the Best Airline in Northern Europe.
  24. Garuda Indonesia wins the World’s Best Cabin Crew.
  25. Hainan Airlines wins the Best Airlines in China and the Best Airlines Staff Service in China.
  26. Indigo wins the Best Low-Cost Airline in Central Asia / India.
  27. Japan Airlines wins the World’s Best Economy Class Airline Seat.
  28. Jetstar Airways receives the Best Low-Cost Airline in Australia / Pacific.
  29. LAN Airlines wins the Best Airline in South America and the Best Airline Staff Service in South America.
  30. Lufthansa wins the Best Airline in Western Europe; World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge and the Best Airline Transatlantic.
  31. Mango wins the Best Low-Cost in Africa.
  32. Norwegian wins the Best Long Haul Low-Cost Airline and the Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe.
  33. Oman Air it wins the Best Airline Staff Service award in the Middle East.
  34. Oneworld wins the World’s Best Airlines Alliance.
  35. Porter Airlines wins the Best Regional Airline in North America.
  36. Qantas wins the awards for Best Airline Australia in Pacific and World’s Best Business Class Comfort Amenities.
  37. Royal Air Maroc receives the award for the Best Regional Airline in Africa.
  38. Sky Airline wins the Best Regional Airline South America.
  39. South Africa Airways wins the Best Airline in Africa and the Best Airline Staff Service in Africa.
  40. Spring Airlines wins the Best Low-Cost Airline in China.
  41. Star Alliance receives World’s Best Airline Alliance Lounge.
  42. Thai Airways wins World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa Facility.
  43. Thomson Airways wins the World’s Best Leisure Airline.
  44. Tianjin Airlines wins the Best Regional Airline in China.
  45. Turkish Airlines wins the Best in Europe; the World’s Best Business Class Airline Catering; the world Best Business Class Lounge and the World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining.
  46. Virgin America wins the Best Airline in North America; the Best Low -Cost in North America and the Best Airline Staff Service in North America.
  47. Virgin Australia wins the Best Airline Staff Service in Australia / Pacific.

10 Top International Air Ports in Africa By: OWINJE PETER.

  1. OR Tambo International Air Port, Johannesburg. South Africa.
The air port tops the list of best air port in Africa. It handles more than 17 million passengers every year. However, the recent upgrade infrastructure of the air port enables it to handle up to 28 million passengers yearly.
  1. Cape Town International Air Port, Cape Town, South Africa.
It is capable to handles 14 million passengers annually.
  1. King Shaka International Air Port, Durban, South Africa.
It handles up to 5 million passengers every year. The port is also known as La Mercy Air Port.
  1. Cairo International Air Port, Cairo, Egypt.
It is the largest and the second busiest air port in Africa.
  1. Hurghada International Air Port, Hurghada Egypt.
  2. Sharam El-Sheikh International Air Port.
It handles up to 10 million passengers annually.
  1. Muhammed V International Air Port, Casablanca Morocco.
The air port handles up to 7.5 million passengers in every year.
  1. Murtala Muhammed International Air Port, Lagos. Nigeria.
It is the largest air port in the country and it handles over 6 million passengers.
  1. Jomo Kenyatta international Air Port. Nairobi, Kenya.
It is the Kenya largest air port and the busiest eastern and central African region. It handle more than 5 million passengers annually.
  1. Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
It handles more than 1 million every year and over 800 tones of cargoe.        

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