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11 July 2008The first four-car train set for South Africa’s rapid rail link – known as the Gautrain – was handed over to Mbhazima Shilowa, premier of Gauteng province, at Bombardier’s assembly plant at Derby, England on Tuesday.The Gautrain line between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International airport is currently under construction, in one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever seen in South Africa.Construction of the first link in the Gautrain network, between the airport and Sandton in Johannesburg, began in September 2006 and is due to be complete in 2010, with the rest of the network due for completion in 2011.Supported by a dedicated fleet of 125 buses, the Gautrain will be able to carry more than 100 000 passengers per day in each direction between Johannesburg and Pretoria.“Gautrain has reached a major milestone in its delivery of world-class public transport to South Africa,” Shilowa said at Tuesday’s handing-over ceremony. “With uncompromising levels of safety, security, comfort and punctuality, passengers can look forward to unprecedented standards of service.“For Gauteng’s people on the move, today is a step closer to the mobility that the golden train will bring.”State-of-the-art rail carsGautrain’s rail cars are “based on the renowned Bombardier Electrostar series, known for their state-of-the-art technology and reliable, high-performance standards,” Gautrain said in a statement. “The lightweight aluminium car bodies – a first for South Africa – also offer increased energy efficiency and reduced maintenance requirements.”Canadian company Bombardier, a 17% shareholder in the Bombela Concession Company contracted to design, build, operate and maintain the Gautrain, has been involved in eight private rail projects around the world, two of which were completed for the London Underground.Gautrain will have 24 train sets of four cars each – 96 rail cars in total – designed to run at an operational speed of 160 kilometres per hour. Ten of these will be customised with features such as extra luggage space and wider seats for use on the Sandton-airport link.According to Gautrain, there are more than 1 600 Electrostar vehicles in operation in the UK, “where they have an impressive record of reliability, with trains operating on London commuter routes achieving up to 80 000 kilometre MDBF (Mean Distance Between Failures).”Skills transferThe first 15 rail cars, plus the body shells for the complete fleet, will be manufactured at Bombardier Transportation’s facility in Derby. The body shells and some of the major components for the remaining 81 rail cars will be shipped to Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) in Nigel, east of Johannesburg, for final assembly.Teams from UCW, who are presently at Derby being trained in the assembly of the Gautrain rail cars, will constitute the core of the assembly teams when local production commences.“As train maintenance requirements and equipment are highly specialised, dedicated technicians will be recruited locally and specially trained by Bombardier to maintain Gautrain according to the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications,” Gautrain said.“Bombardier’s commitment to skills transfer also includes the local recruitment and training of drivers, as Gautrain’s driver compartments and control systems will have more advanced features than other trains presently running in South Africa.”In order to meet the requirements for safety at higher speeds, Gautrain will operate on Standard Gauge track. Measuring 1 435 millimetres between rails, Standard Gauge is the predominant track gauge internationally, but was last used in South Africa in the 1860s. The narrower (1 065 millimetre) track gauge currenly used locally is known as Cape Gauge.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
We talked with Brooklyn Nine-Nine composer Dan Marocco about his influences, his artistic process, and how technology plays a part in his creativity.PremiumBeat: Growing up in Japan had to impact you creatively. How do you think being raised in Osaka and in New York influenced your style and approach? Or do you attribute more to your formative years assisting premier artists such as Alexandre Desplat and Javier Navarette?Dan Marocco: It all plays a part in the way I hear music. The first concert I went to was Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, a Japanese folk rock icon, but I loved all sorts of things, from John Williams to Dr. Dre before that, and by then I hadn’t even gotten into The Beatles, which is a huge influence for me. I did learn a lot from seeing how guys like Alexandre and Javier write, but when it comes down to it, I just write the way I know how, and what sounds good to my ear, which is definitely informed by a wide range of influences growing up.Image courtesy of Dan Marocco.PB: So many artists stare at the blank page in horror. Do you have a system in place before you sit at the piano or pick up the guitar to compose a new score?DM: What’s great about writing music to picture is that I almost never have a blank page. I almost always have picture to draw inspiration from. I really started writing music by writing to picture, so for me it really is much easier to have the guidelines of where the music needs to stop and start, what it needs to help, and what lines to stay out of the way of, etc. I’m sure for musicians that started by just writing songs it’s a little harder to have all of those boxes to check while you’re just trying to write a cool piece of music, but for me it’s an essential part of the creative process.Image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).PB: Your score for Brooklyn Nine-Nine has become almost another squad member. It’s hard not to think back to the Lalo Schifin ’70s bold jazz TV themes for detective shows such as Starsky and Hutch or Mannix. What influenced you the most when igniting your imagination for the opening music?DM: Thanks! Yeah, it was definitely about trying to find something that you instantly identified as a classic police show, but then taking that idea and making it feel new and fun and specific to our show. I didn’t have the full visual to work with on this one, but had a few stills of the graphics, and I had seen the first two or three episodes, so I had a decent idea of what the show would feel like, and I was just trying to match that energy. It’s been really fun to hear that Terry Crews and the cast will sometimes launch into the theme song on set after they hit the last joke in the cold open, or to watch people on YouTube learn how to play it on the bass or even the harp. I’m so happy it just instantly reminds people of a show they love.Image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).PB: Tell us about your studio in LA. How much does digital technology play a part for you? Do you start acoustically and then blend electronic sound, or does it wholly depend on the tone and tenor of the project?DM: It definitely depends on the project. On B99, the music always has a bit of a retro feel. I kind of see it as blend of ’70s funk, ’80s hip-hop, and ’90s rock. So, with this palette, I try to record as much live as I can. The drums are the exception because the sampled drums really give it that hint of old-school hip-hop. But I often say that the computer is the instrument I really play the best. There’s no question that it’s an essential part of the band.PB: You grew up with musical parents, and it became your passion as well. Now, as the father to two sons, do you feel an obligation to pass down that melodic legacy, and what do you hope music can do for them?DM: As a kid, despite my father being a music teacher and being from a very musical family, I never even considered music could be my thing. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really started to realize what a big part of me music is. I get excited to see my boys dancing and enjoying music. As a kid, I loved wandering around my dad’s empty band room and banging on the drums or watching the drum line practicing, and I look forward to my kids getting to mess around in the studio and try out some instruments. I’ve tried to show them what I do, but they’re still young. My wife has the B99 theme song as the ringer for me on her phone, so whenever my youngest hears the theme song he says “Dada song,” but that’s kind of the extent of it at this point.Cover image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Advice: Two DPs on Good Documentary FilmmakingInterview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner”Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working 9 to 5Interview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in HollywoodScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a Method
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