South African Class E38
|South African Class E38|
No. E38-003 at Sentrarand, 22 September 2009
The Amcoal Class E38 of 1993 is a South African industrial electric locomotive.
The 3 kV DC Class E38 electric locomotive is an electric-only version of the Class 38-000 electro-diesel locomotive which was designed for Spoornet by Consortium under the leadership of Siemens. In 1992, three of these locomotives were built for Amcoal by Union Carriage & Wagon (UCW) in Nigel, Transvaal.
The locomotives were delivered in 1993 and numbered in the range from E38-001 to E38-003. UCW did not allocate builder's numbers to the locomotives it built for Anglo Coal, but used the Amcoal unit numbers for their record keeping.
Spoornet’s Class 38-000
Prior to the production of the Class E38 for Amcoal Mines, UCW also built fifty Class 38-000 locomotives for Spoornet. The Class 38-000 is a dual mode electro-diesel locomotive, identical in exterior appearance and dimensions to the Class E38 but designed for 3 kV DC electric as well as diesel-electric operation and equipped with a 780 kW (1,050 hp) Caterpillar DITA 3508 diesel prime mover.
The three Class E38s now serve at the Landau Colliery near Witbank.
The main picture shows no. E38-003 in its as-delivered Anglo Coal yellow livery.
No. E38-002 at Sentrarand, Gauteng, 8 October 2009, in Anglo Coal's white livery
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- "UCW - Electric locomotives" (PDF). The UCW Partnership. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
- South African Railways Index and Diagrams Electric and Diesel Locomotives, 610mm and 1065mm Gauges, Ref LXD 14/1/100/20, 28 January 1975, as amended
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