The last post reminded me of the 6 "new" EMD 16 710 powered South African passenger locomotives for sale by auction by WH Auctions. These were the subject of a thread "Locomotive Auction" six months or so ago. I checked the auction website and as I understand it the auction is still open and the highest bid is SA R7000,000 each . According to Mr Google that is approx $613,000 Australian dollars! Now if you paid $1M A each and spent an extra $1.5M A each on getting them inside the Australian loading gauge, on new/refurbished regeared traction motors, new control systems and an extra seat in the cab you would end up with an as new, 4000 hp modern freight locomotive for A $2.5M. That's a cheap locomotive!
Now I realise that life is not that simple and I have plucked the modification budget figures out of the air but how much would it cost to do what I have suggested.
I believe there are people on this forum who may know and be able to contribute with real world experience.
13 Afro in total 4000 were imported before the excreta hit the fan.
Read from "Height constraint tests" onward.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Class_Afro_4000
4010 suffered severe damage in a derailment 18/08/2015.
All 13 units were returned to the Lessor, with the Lessor subsequently deemed insolvent.
The Receiver for Swifambo Rail Leasing auctioned all 13 locos in mid 2018.
It is believed that 6 plus the wreck 4010 were sold, with 6 passed in.
The 6 passed in units are the ones currently being auctioned.
In the new South Africa, some Government Departments ignore court rulings and decisions if not in their favor.
PRASA has a history of ignoring Court orders.
The Afro 4000 debacle will be long and drawn out.
This is Dr. Daniel Mthimkhulu, PRASA's illustrious CME who "designed" the locos.https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/doctored-qualifications-dr-daniel-mthimkhulu-ordered-to-pay-prasa-back-r57m-20190923
A classic example of a Marxist/Socialist party appointing one of their favored sons or sycophants into plumb high paying positions.
The 7 undelivered units are plainly visible in the Google Earth image of the Stadler Valencia complex.
Look at the spec in the above Wikipedia link.
These units will be nigh on useless for freight in their current form.
4260 HP, however equipped with D43 traction motors, incapable of absorbing more than 3300 HP.
I doubt if freight trains require HEP.
So do you rebuild as AC/AC, or flog the 16-710, and replace with a rebuilt 16-645?
Rumour that the 7 previously sold went to loco hire contractor Traxtion, and 6 will be hired to the TAZARA.