South African Railways has acquired 3780-kw, 50 kv electric locomotives for handling the ore trains on its new 864-km iron ore line from Sishen to Saldanha. Three of these units in multiple handle the 20,200-ton trains. The thyristor locomotives have full-width cabs designed for long spells of duty under severe tropical conditions, including full air conditioning. The roof is lowered at the rear end of the narrow-gauge units for nearly half the length of the unit to give sufficient clearance for the 50-kv pantograph installation, vacuum circuit breaker and surge arrestor.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Thomson Publications

    P.O. Box 8308
    Johannesburg 2000,   South Africa 
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: 7 p.
  • Serial:
    • Railways
    • Publisher: Thomson Publications

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183571
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM