Wednesday, 26 September 2012


Hi guys.

34 067 is at Friedesheim, shunting the timber siding.

Leading E 18 505 is heading North near Kingswood on a load of Lime.

Leading E 18 026 is heading South near Drie Ruiters with a load of CAR wagons.

E 1451 is heading South at Leeudoringstad with load of mielies and wine tankers.

Again E 10 505, the same train we got at Kingswood after being held back for crossings with all the other Southbound trains, this photo is at Regina.

Hoots and wave from all the crews.

36 064 is on hire from Transnet in Kroonstad to RRL, heading towards Friedesheim with ore hoppers.


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Rovos Rail running behind ex-Queensland class 2600

Thanks to John Batwell for the report.

Two views of RRL Grindrod’s latest motive power acquisitions from Queensland, Australia – class 2600 units 26-01/02 seen recently in Plumtree, southern Zimbabwe on the homeward bound journey from Tanzania.                          

Photos: Geof Calvert

John Batwell

Between Theunissen and Vetriver, heading South.

Just South of Leeudoringstad.

Empties heading South at Makwassie.

Southbound containers at Kingswood.

Heading South near Grasslands.

Bloemhof, empty container wagons heading North & the pick-up shunting at the silos.

Wesselsbron, light locos heading towards Bultfontein.

What a wonderful picture from J&J

Friday, 14 September 2012

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


It has happened, Transnet will buy locos from China. What will they look like? No images have been shown yet. The picture shown is from the webpage of CSR Zhuzhou for the Chinese market.

Breaking news from the Railway Industry today.

SOUTH AFRICA: CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive has won a 2⋅54bn yuan contract to supply dual-voltage electric freight locomotives to Transnet from late 2013, beating eight other domestic and international bidders.
The four-axle 3⋅1 MW general freight locomotives will have a top speed of 100 km/h, equipped to work under 3 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz electrification.
CSR Zhuzhou said the deal announced on September 11 is its first contract to supply electric locomotives to Africa, and one of the largest locomotive export orders to be won by a Chinese firm. The company sees Africa as an important market, especially South Africa where more than 55% of Transnet’s 2 100 electric locomotives are over 35 years old.
The Transnet contract includes local production requirements, with the first locomotives to have 60% South African content. CSR Zhuzhou has invested in the development of 1 067 mm gauge bogies and dual-voltage technology, and sees South Africa as a possible base for supplying customers across southern Africa. It is also seeking to enter the electric multiple-unit market.

Roof top shot - Bellville - Cape Town


J&J are having a few camera issues. Hopefully the problems will be sorted soon :-)

Heading south at Theunissen and Theron.

J&J are having a few camera issues. Hopefully the problems will be sorted soon :-)