South African Class 45-000

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South African Class 45-000
South African Railways Class 45.jpg
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
Transnet Engineering
Build date2017-
Total produced232
 • UICCo'Co'
 • CommonwealthCo-Co
Gauge3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge
Fuel typeDiesel
Loco brakeAir & Dynamic
Train brakesAir & Vacuum
Safety systemsLoco-cam
CouplersAAR knuckle
OperatorsTransnet Freight Rail
ClassClass 45-000
Number in class232
Numbers45-001 to 45-232
First run2018

The Transnet Freight Rail Class 45-000 of 2015 is a South African diesel-electric locomotive.


The acquisition of the Class 45-000 forms part of the largest-ever locomotive supply contract in South African history and the single-biggest investment initiative by a South African corporation. It consists of contracts for the construction of 1,064 locomotives by four global original equipment manufacturers:[1][2][3]

  • General Electric South Africa Technologies (a unit of the U.S.-based GE Transportation) for 233 Class 44-000 diesel-electric locomotives.[1]
  • CNR Rolling Stock South Africa (Pty.) Ltd. for 232 Class 45-000 diesel-electric locomotives.[1]
  • CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Company for 359 Class 22E dual-voltage electric locomotives.[1]
  • Bombardier Transportation South Africa for 240 Class 23E dual-voltage electric locomotives.[1]


All the Class 45-000 locomotives were delivered in red TFR livery.