First tranche of QRN locos for South Africa

 
  QRIG Assistant Commissioner

Location: Brisbane, Qld
Diesel preservation in Queensland is virtually non-existant I'm afraid. 1620 is perhaps the only notable one.
"Colhad"


Pretty much covers it, despite the Queensland Diesel Restoration Group being setup ... it's still a long road ahead. 

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  qr3900 Chief Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast, QLD
Here's a familiar face out and running, looks good and should go faster in red. -

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-xhQ3R7YA1CI/UFhm4ScLh2I/AAAAAAAAExg/wvbfzQu-nMc/s1600/DSCN2439+-+Plumtree,+Geof+Calvert.jpg

Thanks to South African Railway News.
"EFB5800"


Good to see them hauling a passenger train. Slightly off topic, but did the 2600 class ever haul passenger trains in QLD?
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
Yes, Inlander a few times I believe.
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

The haulage of Rovos Rail's charter from South Africa to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and back is occasionally used as a "shakedown" for new locos or rebuilds, The following Rovos charter was hauled by a new build RRL Gringrod GT26C-3, painted in CFCO Congo livery (CFCO CC1203)

There have been a few photos floating, did anyone note the diesel bowser immediately behind the locos?.

It looks like RRL's 2600 are now on long term wet hire at Beira in Mozambique. hauling export coal

When Vale's new/refurbished line Moatize-Blantyre-Nacala is opened in late 2014, this traffic will realy rev up. There are news reports of up to 85 new GE Dash9-40BBW for this (3'6" gauge) route. Vale and Rio Tinto are going hell for leather in Mozambique establishing low cost coal export operations.
  EFB5800 Chief Train Controller

Location: On my office roof.

http://saflog.co.za/home/?page_id=265

Note the news flash down the bottom, and the 1720 pic that cycles around at the top of that page.

  jmt Deputy Commissioner


http://sa-railnews.blogspot.co.at/

Posting on 04/03/2013

1720 in SNCC (Congo) livery and numbering on shakedown at Welkom

1772 = 1701-6



  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
The haulage of Rovos Rail's charter from South Africa to Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and back is occasionally used as a "shakedown" for new locos or rebuilds, The following Rovos charter was hauled by a new build RRL Gringrod GT26C-3, painted in CFCO Congo livery (CFCO CC1203)
jmt

Dreaming of a holiday that I may never get to have, I stumbled onto this youtube clip on a Rovos trip to Dar es Salaam. Look what was on the pointy end from Victoria falls (go to the 31 min mark) a pair of former 2600 class locos in red. I never imagined seeing them 20 years ago at Pring, that they will eventually be crossing Victoria Falls in Africa!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-iJEDPqwO8
  fleabag Assistant Commissioner

Location: Perth
Dreaming of a holiday that I may never get to have, I stumbled onto this youtube clip on a Rovos trip to Dar es Salaam. Look what was on the pointy end from Victoria falls (go to the 31 min mark) a pair of former 2600 class locos in red. I never imagined seeing them 20 years ago at Pring, that they will eventually be crossing Victoria Falls in Africa!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-iJEDPqwO8
Worst commentary I've ever heard
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

Grindrod used a Rovos trip to Dar es Salaam in September 2012 as a shake-down for 2501 (2606) and 2602 (2611)

Units then sold to SNCC in the DRC, delivered in Late October 2012 as 2201-4 and 2202-7 respectivly

2201-4 wrecked in a horrific speed related derailment 22/04/2014, Congo govt fatality figure of just over 70 at variance with a number of NGO's who estimated the figure of over 200. The bodies of at least 100 dead and wounded had been stripped and robbed, then tipped into a crocodile infested river alongside the wreck site prior to the arrival (18 hours later) of the official govt rescue party. These bodies not counted in the official tally. Victims were mainly "hitch hikers" (paid crew reduced fare) riding atop containers and in gondolas. Bodies of the victims were not formally identified, for expediency the police used a backhoe to excavate pits alongside of the line and the victims were buried there

Whitefalla crew from SA loco hire contractor Sheltam clearing wagons with cable/chains
https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10351244_242249422633910_3606954981512099911_n.jpg?oh=d8304fc1d9e700d31b738664723380d9&oe=556E2B15&__gda__=1428587721_90bea542ec52dff94003d37aca2b05bb

http://observers.france24.com/fr/content/20140424-catastrophe-train-rd-congo-victimes-kamina-accident-images

2201-4 posted 03/09/2014, Chris Van Wyk, Aust. Import-Export Diesel & Electric, Facebook.com
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10359550_10152754984011385_3048173925088791621_n.jpg?oh=e1a73a82f8344e2f2eec381983af8554&oe=5564A84D&__gda__=1429162776_5af806acd187c65b27c728705e8b2711

Trains in Katanga tend to be crowded, this is cowboy country with Kalashnikovs instead of six shooters, little law and order, coppers wages months in arrears, so bribery is endemic
https://clubunescontchenko.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/arrivc3a9e-de-train-marchandises-en-gare-711-de-kalemie.jpg
http://www.congolive.net/uploads/2/7/2/7/27277489/90812_orig.jpg
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
fleabag
I agree, very stiffed. What I gather that it is a video made by a German travel business that has been translated with a English voice over.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Paul Moss has taken this great shot of more locos to be shipped.

  jmt Deputy Commissioner

Paul Moss has taken this great shot of more locos to be shipped.
NSWGR8022
Shipped where?

Who overseas would be daft enough to purchase them? the shipping cost will be at least double scrap value

Apparently the SA Govt have bowed to union and communist party pressure and are refusing to issue further used loco import permits (to halt those hated white capitalists from competing with Transnet in countries to the north)

Zimbabwe National Railways are technically bankrupt, with wages in arrears since May 2014. AR&TS and Sheltam have around a dozen or more units (including 6 ex Queenslanders with another 4 to come) moving coal to the Zim power stations, which has stopped the electrical network from collapsing

Bulawayo last month https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoff-cooke/16766097696
  M636C Minister for Railways

Paul Moss has taken this great shot of more locos to be shipped.

NSWGR8022
I think all of those locomotive have already been shipped: Photos exist of the first two being loaded in Fremantle.

M636C
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Those 422's are SG, so assume new bogies will be used.......?.

Regards,
David Head
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

Those 422's are SG, so assume new bogies will be used.......?.

Regards,
David Head
dthead
Initially it was thought that the four 422 in SA would go on NG bogies,

Latest word from Durban is that they will be parted out and the hulks gasaxed

Currently stored in the old manganese roads to the west of Maydon Wharf

Apex were not granted an import permit, so bonded, unable to be moved out of the dock area

http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?train_id=Import%20%28Staged%29

Rovos obtained an import permit for their 6, though they are not permitted to use them in SA, for passenger use in countries to the north

Balance of the NG units have a temporary import permit that enables them to be repaired/refurbished in SA, but have to be shipped out of the country within a fixed time window

Transnet have an absolute monopoly on freight rail transport in SA. The loco hire contractors who have been purchasing Aurizon tired iron, can only use the locos on privately owned rail (mines/industry) within SA. Most are on hire in Mozambique/Zimbabwe/DRC.

Transnet are un-cooperative transiting privately owned locos between contracts. Grindrod have recently purchased a specialist heavy haulage contractor (Vanguard) with a fleet of Goldhofer 12 row steerable trailers so can now bypass Transnet intransigence https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.801517233253821.1073741851.446697182069163&type=1

Grindrod have obtained finance, and have commenced work on a 600km BOT in western Zambia, to connect the Copper Belt to the Benguela Railway (and the Atlantic port of Lobito). In January the Zambian and Tanzanian transport ministers intimated that the loss making TAZARA line from Zambia to Dar-es-Salaam will be open accessed. This gives the SA private operators the opportunity to siphon off the lucrative Zambian and Katangan traffic, which for the last 35 years has been controlled by Transnet and funneled through the (Transnet owned) port of Durban

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