With around another 10 minutes before arrival at Kimberley, a brace of class 6E1s pass Riverton with a Rovos Rail 'Pride of Africa' train.
E1671 underwent conversion in 2011 to a class 18E, and n... (more)
A pair of 3kv dc Class 6E1s head south towards Kimberley with a Rovos Rail 'Pride of Africa' excursion. At Kimberley, the train will either continue east to Bloemfontein behind diesel traction wi... (more)
Still wearing Spoornet orange, E7067 shares shed-space with E7031 in the new PRASA-inspired 'Shosholoza Meyl' purple livery.
A string of Class 6E1s await their next duties alongside a pair of Class 10Es.
Spot the odd man out! 25kv ac class 7E locomotive no. E7043 sports a patchy paintjob as she soaks up the winter sun at Kimberley. Most of the 7E's were in blue when I visited SA, with just a few... (more)
Resting on the former steam shed is locally built (from an EMD kit) Class 35-200 no. 35-303.
Class 18E's are former Class 6E1's, taken from the later series variants. They can be seen on duties requiring up to 6 locomotives and differ from their 6E1 counterparts by having a toilet (for t... (more)
35-241 shunts the yard. Class 35's were constructed by GE, and EMD, and are used on light branches, and other duties deemed unsuitable for the heavier Class 34's. This loco is (unmistakably) an ... (more)
Dating from 1978, the 100 class 7E's were South Africa's first production 25kv ac locomotives, and were ordered following successful trials with a Class 6E1 testbed, no. E1600.
Awaiting attention from Beaconsfield's fitters. This loco was operating for Spoornet, now Transnet Freight Rail, dates from 1989/90, and can usually be seen hauling heavy iron ore trains with up ... (more)
The 80 members of Class 6E were basically a Class 5E1 'with knobs on' - Superceded in 1969 by the hugely successful 6E1 Class with it's many series variants. To view a video of Spoornet's fantast... (more)
Still in South African Railways livery with oval number plates, these veteran locomotives are fast becoming scarce in South Africa. Catch 'em while you can!