Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has commenced with the technical and open line speed testing of its newly acquired multi-billion rand passenger train sets.
The testing was conducted between Wolmerton and De Wildt train stations in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria.
It’s a state-of-the-art marvel train which can transport 1 346 passengers.
Six hundred have been earmarked to replace the old metrorail stock.
They are being tested to ensure they meet safety parameters set out in the technical specifications.
“We were testing the train in relation to the environment where it’s going to operate, the infrastructure, the tracks, the signals, the platforms – to look at whether the train compared to the environment that is working on, is compatible,” says Prasa Modernisation Programme’s Abram Nkgabutle.
Twenty will be manufactured in Brazil and five hundred and eighty of them locally.
Prasa has already started with the construction of its 72 hectare local manufacturing plant worth R1 billion in Ekurhuleni.
“The new trains will go into commercial service from October this year and what’s going to happen is that, we will obviously introduce new ones as we build them but the first 20 are the ones that will go into commercial service,” says Prasa spokesperson Victor Dlamini.
Dlamini says the overhaul is expected to take place over the next 20 years.
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