New locos coming to Eastern Cape


The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has reportedly confirmed that 10 of its brand-new fleet of 70 locomotives would be allocated for the Eastern Cape.

According to BusinessTech, the fleet of Spanish built Euro Dual electric and Euro 4000 diesel locos, which cost R46-million apiece, would primarily be used for long distance travels and serve on six corridors, most notably between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Their exact arrival date has not yet been confirmed.

Having undergone rigorous testing in December last year, the first batch of four Euro 4000’s arrived in Cape Town three months ago, with full operation set to commence later this month as more units arrive.

“We are also saying these type of locomotives bring in modernisation, they also bring in faster delivery,” Engineering News quoted Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, as saying during the loco’s touchdown in the mother city.

“We are saying we want to also improve the ability of people to move faster on the rail because people are saying, I don’t want to spend hours on end on the train”, the Minister added.

In addition, PRSA is also in the process of taking delivery of the first batch X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, build by Gibela Rail Consortium in São Paulo, Brazil, which forms part of a R51-billion project to modernise and improve commuter rail travel.

Consisting out of 600 trains (3 600 cars), the first 20 will be made in Brazil with construction of the remaining 580 set to take place at a 600 000 m2 factory worth R1-billion in Dunnottar near Johannesburg.


CAPTION: PRASA's new Euro 4000 diesel locomotive IMAGE from Raymond Maseko on twitter