The first African locomotive was revealed to the public this week, which has been designed and built in South Africa by Transnet.

The Trans-Africa Locomotive (pictured above courtesy of africaports.co.za) is diesel powered, which means it can run on all train lines across the continent. President Jacob Zuma was at the launch on Tuesday April 4, where he said the diesel locomotive ensures accessibility, even where there are no electrical lines. In South Africa some lines have fallen into disuse following the introduction of electric trains.

It was designed by Transnet, the state-owned rail operator, but the diesel engine was provided by Rolls Royce, a global engineering company.

“The locomotive is evidence of the strides we are making in transforming Transnet Engineering into an original-equipment manufacturer for locomotives, a move designed to restore our positions as a catalyst for African innovation, industrialisation and critically, intra-African trade,” said Siyabonga Gama, Chief Executive Officer of Transnet.

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