CLASS 39-200s ENTER SERVICE

The first batch of class 39-200 “as-new” diesel-electric locomotives has left Pretoria, Eugene Armer reports in the RSSA (Reef branch) newsletter “On Track”. Some have gone to Phalaborwa to work phosphates traffic and six have been sent to Richards Bay. They are going to haul phosphates (mainly) down to Komatipoort and then through Swaziland to Golela in KwaZulu-Natal, en route to the ports. “These look like being straight-through trains without changing traction at Komatipoort, which will free up some 18E power [3kV DC electric units] at Phalaborwa and class 37 diesels at Richards Bay”.

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