Transnamib to Double Locomotives

TRANSNAMIB Holdings has concluded a deal with Transnet Engineering of South Africa that will add 21 locomotives to the company’s fleet of class 33 GEs. This will double TransNamib’s current fleet of serviceable locomotives from 21 to 42.

The company announced this week that the 21 locomotives will include an additional 10 class 33 GE locomotives that have been refurbished in Transnet Engineering’s workshops in Bloemfontein and Pretoria, and 11 locomotives that will be repaired in Windhoek by TransNamib’s staff and in Bloemfontein by Transnet Engineering.

The company said one of the goals of the 180 Day Plan was to get 12 of TransNamib’s unserviceable locomotives running.

“This means the goal has been exceeded, and within only 52 days of the 180 days period,” the company said.

TransNamib said to address the urgent needs of the fuel sector and mining industry for additional rail capacity, three of the locomotives should be ready for service in December with another four to be repaired in TransNamib’s workshops before the end of January 2015.

Another project will be heavy repairs, maintenance and upgrade of the rail infrastructure. TransNamib has tasked Namibia Rail Construction, which is its subsidiary and a joint venture with DampM Rail, to attend to critical sections of the rail network that need urgent attention and to meet the required SADC standards of 18,5 tonne axle loads.

“Therefore, due to the dilapidated condition of large sections of our network, major repairs and rehabilitation are to be executed as interim measures to keep the system operational within certain safety parameters until the comprehensive upgrading programmes are completed,” the company said.

Source : The Namibian