The 4.5MW Co-Co locomotives will be delivered between
May 2012 and August 2013 and are a key element of Transnet Freight
Rail's plan to boost iron-ore capacity on the 861km Sishen - Saldanha
heavy-haul line to 61 million tonnes per year.

transnet-15e.jpgThe locomotives will be assembled at Union Carriage & Wagon's (UCW)
works in Nigel, near Johannesburg. UCW will be responsible for the
mechanical portion of the contract, including bodyshells and bogies,
while Toshiba will supply the electrical systems.

UCW is currently completing an initial batch of 44 class 15Es, 28 of
which are in service, as well as 110 class 19Es for the Richards Bay
coal line, of which 40 have so far been delivered.

The electric locomotives are part of Transnet Freight Rail's fleet
renewal programme, which also includes 150 diesel locomotives.
Photo: André Kritzinger