Transnet purchases used Australian locomotives

Transnet Freight Rail (South Africa) has bought 34 former Queensland Rail diesel-electric locomotives as a stopgap measure as it waits for new locomotives, ordered in a massive Rand 50bn (USD 4.76B) deal earlier this year, to enter service.

A Transnet Freight Rail spokesman said 14 of the locomotives had been bought for “a specific operation” and would be based in Bloemfontein, while others would be deployed to certain branch lines.

The remaining 20 were bought by Transnet Engineering and will be used by TFR until the end of the financial year “to increase capacity in some areas”, a Transnet Freight Rail spokesman said.



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