REPORT: Six PRASA locos pulled from service

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

A report by Netwerk24 has claimed that six out of the 13 Spanish built Afro 4000 diesel locomotives for use by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), have already experienced a number of problems since being delivered by manufacturer Vossloh Espana.

According to the findings, two of the locomotives have been side-lined as a result of leaked compressor seals, while two others are undergoing secluded maintenance after clocking up over 12 000 km. Of the remaining two, one loco was reported as having derailed in a Kimberley rail yard shortly after the remaining unit suffered extensive damage in the crash near Modderrriver on August 18th.

The latest comes after the Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday announced that it had submitted an application to have the details surrounding PRASA’s awarding of the contract, worth R3.5-billion for a total of 70 units, reviewed after it was discovered that all of the on-board computer systems were in Spanish.

In an interview, PRASA Group Strategic Officer and Acting Spokesperson, Sipho Sithole, said a number of technical staff from Vossloh Espana are expected to arrive in South Africa soon, as the contract agreement stipulates that only engineers from the Spanish firm are allowed to work on the locomotives.

 

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