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African Diesel Locomotives[Inhalt]
Ethiopian Railway series M
Ethiopia | 1950 | 12 produced
2M in 1960 on the Holl-Holl Bridge
2M in 1960 on the Holl-Holl Bridge
CFE

To convert the Ethiopian railway to diesel locomotives, the Compagnie de Chemin de Fer Franco-Ethiopien de Jibuti à Addis Ababa originally planned to procure six double locomotives. These were to come from the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works in Winterthur, but the order was changed to twelve single locomotives. This number was originally to be divided into five express locomotives of the series V (voyageurs) and seven freight locomotives of the series M (marchandises). After the number of express locomotives had already been reduced to one, it derailed during the first test runs. Since it was concluded that higher speeds could not really be achieved with the meter gauge tracks that had been laid, this locomotive, like the other eleven, was ultimately handed over as a freight locomotive.

In order to still be able to use it in front of passenger trains, the power transmission had to be converted to a different ratio in the workshop with relatively little effort. As a result, top speeds of 65 or 90 km/h could be achieved with different tractive forces, as required. In order to comply with the maximum axle load of only eight tonnes, the bogies were each equipped with a carrying axle. The locomotives were specially equipped for operation in extremely different environmental conditions, from the coast to an altitude of over 2,300 meters and under dusty conditions. In addition to special air filters for the engine room and the cab, this also included a device for maintaining positive pressure in the interior to keep dust out. Since there are often obstacles in the form of animals or other objects on these routes, the front was designed to be particularly robust with a large cowcatcher. The carrying axles were removed from 1963 and the axle load increased to 12.5 tonnes, since the tracks had been reinforced in the meantime.

Variantlow gearhigh gearrebuilt - low gearrebuilt - high gear
General
Built1950-19511963-1964
ManufacturerSLM, BBC
Axle configA1A-A1A B-B 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length36 ft 1 1/16 in
Wheelbase25 ft 9 7/16 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft 2 5/8 in
Service weight111,113 lbs110,231 lbs
Adhesive weight74,075 lbs110,231 lbs
Axle load18,519 lbs27,558 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed40 mph56 mph40 mph56 mph
Starting effort21,582 lbf15,961 lbf21,582 lbf15,961 lbf
Engine6 VD 25 THTr
Engine type6-cyl. diesel
Engine output738 hp (550 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
passenger
last changed: 02/2022
Henschel KK16
Egypt | 1957 | 13 produced
KK16
KK16
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For operation with the Egyptian National Railways, Henschel secured itself the license rights from EMD to build diesel locomotives based on the F-series. Like these, Henschel built the locomotives with the so-called “Bulldog Nose”, but with a driver's cab at each end. As with the American models, the three-axle bogies only had two traction motors. The Henschel locomotives were thus similar to the Norwegian NoHAB diesels in terms of their origin and appearance.

The first model in the series was the KK16, of which 13 were built in 1957. It was designed as a freight locomotive and was primarily intended to haul ore trains through the Nile Valley. EMD had previously supplied the G8s to Egypt, which were powered by an eight-cylinder 567-series two-stroke diesel. The KK16 received two of these engines, each with 910 hp, and was compatible with the G8 in multiple operation.

General
Built1957
ManufacturerHenschel
Axle configA1A-A1A 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length76 ft 9 5/8 in
Service weight291,010 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed65 mph
EngineEMD 8-567 CR
Engine type2x 8-cyl. diesel
Engine output1,797 hp (1,340 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
last changed: 02/2022
Henschel AA16
Egypt | 1959 | 38 produced
AA16 before delivery to Egypt
AA16 before delivery to Egypt
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After the 13 class KK16 freight locomotives, ENR ordered 38 passenger locomotives from Henschel, which in turn were developed based on EMD technology. In contrast to the predecessors, these locomotives only received an engine from the 567 series from EMD, which here had 16 cylinders and delivered 1,950 hp. One motor reduced the length of the locomotive by about two meters. The three-axle bogies were still equipped with two traction motors and a carrying axle. They were designed for a top speed of 120 km/h and were 20 tonnes lighter than the KK16.

General
Built1959-1960
ManufacturerHenschel
Axle configA1A-A1A 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length70 ft 3 5/16 in
Service weight246,917 lbs
Adhesive weight246,917 lbs
Axle load41,226 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed75 mph
EngineEMD 16-567 C
Engine typeV16 diesel
Engine output1,924 hp (1,435 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
passenger
last changed: 02/2022
Henschel AA12
Egypt | 1960 | 70 produced
AA12, still in winterly Germany
AA12, still in winterly Germany
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After the classes KK16 and AA16, the Egyptian National Railways ordered another 70 diesel locomotives from Henschel, which were again built under license from EMD. They were to be used for light passenger service and were therefore designed with a lower weight. The 567 series engine here had twelve cylinders and delivered 1,425 hp. In this case, four axles were enough, all of which were powered. Since high speeds were not used in lighter service, the maximum speed of 100 km/h was even lower than that of the KK16 freight locomotive. With a total length of almost 19 meters, these locomotives were the shortest of their sister series.

General
Built1960-1961
ManufacturerHenschel
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length62 ft 2 15/16 in
Service weight194,007 lbs
Adhesive weight194,007 lbs
Axle load48,502 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed62 mph
EngineEMD 12-567 C
Engine type12-cyl. diesel
Engine output1,408 hp (1,050 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
passenger
last changed: 02/2022
Moroccan State Railway DF 100
Morocco | 1968 | 14 produced
DF 102 in February 2010 at Taourirt
DF 102 in February 2010 at Taourirt
Kabelleger / David Gubler
General
Built1968-1970
ManufacturerAlstom, SACM
Axle configC-C 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length66 ft 2 7/8 in
Wheelbase49 ft 10 11/16 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 6 5/8 in
Service weight236,997 lbs
Adhesive weight236,997 lbs
Axle load39,463 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed84 mph
Starting effort80,931 lbf
EngineSACM AGO V20 ESHR
Engine typeV20 diesel
Fuel1,453 us gal (diesel)
Engine output3,259 hp (2,430 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
passenger
freight
last changed: 10 2023
South African class 36-000
South Africa | 1975 | 124 produced
36-065 in September 2015 at Bloemfontein
36-065 in September 2015 at Bloemfontein
Col. André Kritzinger
General
Built1975-1981
ManufacturerSA GE-DL Locomotive Group
Axle configB-B 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length49 ft 8 1/2 in
Wheelbase35 ft 4 1/2 in
Fixed wheelbase6 ft 9 15/16 in
Service weight160,937 lbs
Adhesive weight160,937 lbs
Axle load40,345 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed62 mph
Starting effort39,566 lbf
EngineGE 7FDL-8
Engine typeV8 diesel
Engine output1,173 hp (875 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
passenger
freight
last changed: 08 2023
South African class 36-200
| 1980 | 107 produced
36-230 in front of 36-214 in August 2006 in Durban
36-230 in front of 36-214 in August 2006 in Durban
Col André Kritzinger
General
Built1980-1991
ManufacturerGeneral Motors South Africa, GM-Astarsa
Axle configB-B 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length46 ft 3 7/8 in
Wheelbase32 ft 5 15/16 in
Service weight158,733 lbs
Adhesive weight158,733 lbs
Axle load40,234 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed56 mph
Starting effort39,566 lbf
EngineEMD 8-645E
Engine typeV8 diesel
Fuel594 us gal (diesel)
Engine output1,140 hp (850 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
last changed: 10 2023
South African class 38-000
South Africa | 1992 | 50 produced
38-003 in September 2009 at Sentrarand marshalling yard, Gauteng
38-003 in September 2009 at Sentrarand marshalling yard, Gauteng
Col. André Kritzinger
General
Built1992-1993
ManufacturerUnion Carriage & Wagon
Axle configB-B 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length53 ft 6 5/16 in
Wheelbase38 ft 4 5/8 in
Fixed wheelbase8 ft 6 3/8 in
Service weight164,685 lbs
Adhesive weight164,685 lbs
Axle load41,226 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - DC + diesel-electric
Electric system3,000 V
Continuous power2,012 hp (1,500 kW)
Top speed62 mph
Starting effort58,450 lbf
EngineCaterpillar DITA 3508
Engine typeV8 diesel
Engine output1,046 hp (780 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
dual power
last changed: 09 2023
South African class 43-000 (General Electric C30ACi)
South Africa | 2010 | 203 produced
43-074 as part of a long ore train in October 2015 at Kathu, Northern Cape
43-074 as part of a long ore train in October 2015 at Kathu, Northern Cape
Col André Kritzinger
General
Built2010-2015
ManufacturerGeneral Electric
Axle configC-C 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Service weight277,782 lbs
Adhesive weight277,782 lbs
Axle load46,297 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed62 mph
Starting effort123,195 lbf
EngineGE 7FDL-12
Engine typeV16 diesel
Fuel1,849 us gal (diesel)
Engine output3,299 hp (2,460 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
GE AC Series
three-phase AC
last changed: 08 2023
South African class 44-000 (General Electric ES40ACi)
South Africa | 2015 | 233 produced
44-006 in September 2015 at Koedoespoort, Pretoria
44-006 in September 2015 at Koedoespoort, Pretoria
Col André Kritzinger
General
Builtsince 2015
ManufacturerGeneral Electric
Axle configC-C 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Service weight291,010 lbs
Adhesive weight291,010 lbs
Axle load48,502 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-electric
Top speed62 mph
EngineGE GEVO-12
Engine typeV12 diesel
Engine output4,197 hp (3,130 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
freight
GE Evolution
three-phase AC
last changed: 09 2023
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