Manganese line to shutdown for maintenance

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 7, 2015

State-owned freight and logistics firm, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), will shut down operations on its manganese export line from next week, due to regular maintenance.

According to Engineering News, the parastatal announced it would be spending R175-million on upgrading the 965 km route from Port Elizabeth to the Hotazel in the Northern Cape, which will run for nine days from August 11th.

Upgrades, to be carried out by a reported 1 500 workers, will include the replacing of 54 500 sleepers, installing of 204 new rails, screening of 64 km’s ballast and updating of 16 turnouts.

In addition, further maintenance will be carried out on overhead wiring, substations, signals, optical fibre cables, culverts and bridges.

 

CAPTION: Class 7E electric locomotive used on the manganese export line