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Record-breaking two-and-a-half mile South African train cuts trucking

SOUTH Africa's state-controlled ports and rail company Transnet has launched a train with a world-record number of cars in a bid to move reduce road traffic where it results damage and congestion, reports Bloomberg

Record-breaking two-and-a-half mile South African train cuts trucking

SOUTH Africa's state-controlled ports and rail company Transnet has launched a train with a world-record number of cars in a bid to move reduce road traffic where it results damage and congestion, reports Bloomberg

28 October 2019 - 19:00

SOUTH Africa's state-controlled ports and rail company Transnet has launched a train with a world-record number of cars in a bid to move reduce road traffic where it results damage and congestion, reports Bloomberg.

The train, which had 375 cars and was more than four kilometres (2.5 miles) long, carried 23,625 tonnes of manganese ore, Transnet said in a statement. The route it travelled is 861 kilometres from Sishen in South Africa's Northern Cape province to the west coast Port of Saldanha, 75 miles north of Cape Town.



South Africa competes with Australia for the length of its freight trains. In Australia the trains transport iron ore mined by companies including Rio Tinto to ports.



'This is another breakthrough for the heavy-haul railway industry,' Transnet Freight Rail's general manager, Brian Monakali, said. 'Rio Tinto Australia recently started with the implementation of driver-less trains in their iron ore railway system. Transnet has now successfully operationalised the 375-wagon train.'



Manganese is used in steel making. South Africa has the word's biggest deposits of the ore.


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