April 12, 2013

Transnet Engineering develops new locomotives

Written by  John Batwell
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TRANSNET Engineering, South Africa, is developing a prototype 1067mm-gauge shunting and short trip diesel locomotive designed for African operators, which it hopes will boost locomotive sales outside the domestic market.

The company is currently assembling GE class 43 diesel-electric locomotives for Transnet Freight Rail at its Koedoespoort works (pictured) near Pretoria, and is also building wagons for neighbouring countries, including coal wagons for customers in Mozambique.

International sales at Transnet Engineering reached Rand 850m ($US 95.4m) in the 2012-13 financial year, which ended in March.

Transnet is currently tendering for 465 diesel-electric locomotives and 599 dual-system electric units, and both contracts specify a degree of local assembly by Transnet Engineering. The company will also assemble 85 of the 95 electric locomotives ordered by TFR from CSR Zhuzhou, China, last October, and suburban emu cars for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) under a contract signed recently with the Gibela Rail consortium.

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