The first 65 units will be delivered in 2015, and 130 locomotives will be delivered each year between 2016 and 2018, with the final 144 entering service in 2019. TFR will hold a clarification meeting with prospective bidders on August 16.

In addition, TFR plans to order a further 112 class 19E dual-voltage electric locomotives for the Richards Bay coal line and an additional 23 class 15E 50kV ac units (pictured) for the Sishen-Saldanha iron-ore corridor.