Back on track: too-tall locomotives to leave SA for new home
Hobbled by height, court and lockdown obstacles, the Spanish locos are finally on their way to Tanzania
Six of the “too-tall” Spanish locomotives bought by SA’s Passenger Rail Agency in a controversial locomotive deal in 2015, will soon be on their way to a new life in Tanzania.
The hi-tech AFRO 4000 locomotives, which have been standing out of use in Braamfontein since November 2015, were sold on auction in 2019 to Traxtion, a private Pretoria-based locomotive-hire company, for R65m.
While the locomotives were due to move to Traxtion’s maintenance facility in Rosslyn in March, the countrywide lockdown followed by massive vandalism on the railway line to Pretoria, halted all rail traffic on the line...