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South Africa launches world's longest train

by Daniel Itai
29 Oct 2019 at 17:31hrs | Views
It's barely been weeks since Africa set put it's first phone the Mara, which hails from Rwanda and already Africans are bracing themselves for yet another innovation, a 375 wagon manganese train.

The 375 wagon train is a product of South Africa's locomotive state enterprise Transnet. The train is four kilometers long and runs over a distance of around 861km.

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) acting Chief Executive Mr. Lloyd Tobias commended the launch of the manganese wagon, "this is in line with Transnet's business objective of applying the heavy haul operating, maintenance, design, construction and best practice principles on general freight operations, and the Transnet strategy of migrating traffic from road to rail."

TFR's general manager Brian Monakali who is also the former chairperson of the International Heavy Haul Association showered his praises for the innovation, "this is another breakthrough for the Heavy Haul Railway Industry. Rio Tinto, Australia, recently started with the implementation of Driverless trains in their Iron Ore railway system. Transnet has now successfully operationalised the 375 wagon train. The collaboration on technical research and sharing of best practice by Heavy Haul operations worldwide will surely keep pushing the operations, safety and rail capacity envelop to new levels through application of breakthrough technology."

Source - Daniel Itai