By railwaysafricaeditor / January 20, 2011 / South Africa
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is contemplating a new national policy for secondary electrified lines, in terms of which diesel traction is to replace straight electric where the number of trains no longer justifies the cost of maintaining the overhead electrical equipment. It is understood that existing and proposed contracts for refurbishing overhead equipment north and south of the Durban suburban network have been cancelled. This affects the Stanger-Empangeni and Kelso-Port Shepstone sections, which were electrified some 40 years ago. The latter currently sees only two trains a day.