E7075 / E7006 / E7035 / E7042 / E7061 (dead) are Class 7E 25 kV AC locomotives built by Union Carriage and Wagon, which entered service in 1978. They are pictured here at De Aar (a town and impor... (more)
The Johannesburg - East London "Amatola" is scheduled to depart Springfontein junction around midnight, but some late running allowed me to get this shot in nice early morning light. The class 7E... (more)
After a fast run across the southern Free State from Springfontein, the Johannesburg - East London "Amatola" is approaching the R701 road bridge just north of Bethulie, passing an electrical sub-s... (more)
A lonely cow on the hillside seems oblivious to the passing of the Johannesburg - East London "Amatola", as it winds its way out of the Molteno valley with the Bamboesberg visible in the distance.... (more)
A single Class 7E heads up a very late running Johannesburg - East London "Amatola", here running along the low hills south of the town of Bethulie, just visible above the loco in the far distance... (more)
A very late running "Amatola" from Johannesburg is seen east of Providence siding (behind the trees in the middle distance), approaching the R715 road bridge. From Springfontein to East London (47... (more)
Still wearing Spoornet orange, E7067 shares shed-space with E7031 in the new PRASA-inspired 'Shosholoza Meyl' purple livery.
A Class 7E locomotive is being kept company by a couple of steam generator wagons. When steam locomotives started making way for electric and diesel traction in the 1950's, vapor wagons were intro... (more)
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)
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.
A threesome of Class 7Es await service in preparation for their next mission.
Waiting in the yard for the next assignment
Doing a quick inspection while waiting for a meet at Graspan siding, some 60 kilometres south of Kimberley.