Longest train heralds manganese export drive

A 90-wagon export manganese train on the Noupoort – Port Elizabeth line hauled by four Class 20E dual-voltage locomotives supplied by CRRC Zhuzhou (Photo: Bruce Evans).

SOUTH AFRICA: Rising demand for manganese from steel mills has prompted Transnet Freight Rail to launch a programme to drive up capacity for handling manganese ore on its 1 067 mm gauge network. Manganese traffic has grown from around 5 million tonnes a year in 2012 to 12·8 ...

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