Kumba Iron Ore a business unit of Anglo American plc confirmed that on 4 January 2018 there was a derailment of a locomotive and 42 wagons of an empty Transnet train on the Sishen–Saldanha railway line, also known as the Ore Export Line, just after loop 19 near Sishen mine.
No injuries were sustained.
The derailment of the empty train occurred on the railway line going to Sishen mine for loading and only affected Sishen mine.
The cause of the derailment is still being investigated by Transnet, however repair work commenced as soon as the line was declared safe for operation on 07 January 2018.
The derailment resulted in the specific railway line not being in operation for 3 days.
The train consists of 3 electric locomotives and 342 wagons and is used to transport iron ore from the different iron ore producers near Kathu and Postmasburg to the port at Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape from where it is exported internationally.
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