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The Sishen-Saldanha iron ore wagon is available from Dream Trains.

Below is a photo of the real wagon.  Note the weathered look due to the corrosive iron ore and the humid sea breeze. (Photo courtesy of Col Andre Kritzinger):


Coupler:  Frateschi (Kadee couplers can be ordered but will not be fitted by us)

Length: 112 mm (without couplers)

Height from the track: 31 mm

Height of the body alone: 21,3 mm

Width (top of body): 34,0 mm

Width (bottom of wagon): 28 mm

Distance between axle centres: 74,4 mm

Detail: The A wagon includes undercarriage detail as well as the correct brake wheel to be fitted by the modeller.  The B wagon includes the undercarriage detail but not the brake wheels.

Currently the ore wagon is manufactured in 6 different running numbers, 3 numbers for the A wagon and 3 numbers for the B wagon.

A-wagon running numbers: 60 206 240; 60 231 342; 60 202 270

B-wagon running numbers: 60 206 241; 60 231 343; 60 202 271

A-side of the A wagon:

B- side of the A wagon:

Information on the ore train:

The Sishen–Saldanha railway line, also known as the Ore Export Line, is an 861 kilometres (535 mi) long heavy haul railway line in South Africa. It connects iron ore mines near Sishen in the Northern Cape with the port at Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape. It is used primarily to transport iron ore and does not carry passenger traffic.

The Sishen–Saldanha line was built by Iscor, the then iron and steel parastatal, opening in 1976. In 1977 the line was transferred to Transnet Freight Rail, then known as South African Railways & Harbours, and a decision was made to electrify the line. A voltage of 50 kV AC was chosen instead of the usual 25 kV in order to haul heavier loads and to allow a larger distance between transformers.

A single set of tracks with ten crossing loops to allow trains travelling in opposite directions to pass was constructed; this has since been increased to 19 crossing loops to increase line capacity.

From an altitude of 1,295 metres (4,249 ft) at Sishen, the line climbs for 42 kilometres (26 mi) before descending to cross the Orange River about 10 kilometres (6 mi) downstream of Groblershoop. For the next 300 kilometres (190 mi), the line rises and falls before descending towards the Atlantic coast. The railway crosses the Olifants River on a 1,035 metres (3,396 ft) viaduct between Vredendal and Lutzville and reaches the coast about 160 kilometres (100 mi) north of Saldanha. From here it follows a coastal route.

Initial train lengths consisted of three class 9E electric locomotives, hauling 210 type CR ore wagons with a payload of 80 tons. Upgraded wagons now carry 100 tons. Train lengths have been increased to 342 wagons, employing Radio Distributed Power (RDP) technology. These 41,400 tonnes total mass, 3780 metres long trains (8 locomotives and 342 wagons), are the longest production trains in the world. More than 3,000 of these RDP trains have been operated since launched in December 2007.

Currently the train runs 5 times a day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:29

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