Salkor: Electrical Locomotive Workshop

Project Info

  • Construction Date

    12 months

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Project Value: R50m

The Sishen-Saldanha line was commissioned in 1976 and built primarily for the export of iron ore from the Northern Cape through the Port of Saldanha. During April 2015 Transnet embarked on an infrastructure development plan to increase the export capacity of the system. RCE Consultants was appointed for the design of the new Salkor Electrical Locomotive Workshop.


Key Features

The purpose of the Workshop is to perform locomotive provisioning and in-service light maintenance for 50 kV AC electrical locomotives. Provisioning includes trip inspections and related activities whilst in-service maintenance includes any light locomotive maintenance.

The building consists of 2400m2 of workshop space and an Annex measuring 450m2. The Workshop houses two lines for locomotive provisioning and three lines for in-service maintenance. Selected lines are equipped with full inspection pit bays whilst the remaining lines have flat floor slabs. The workshop is equipped with a 10 ton overhead crane.

The Annex building houses offices, ablutions and mess facilities, specialist stores and equipment rooms.


Services Provided

The design services provided by RCE include the following: Civil (earthworks for the building foundation, roads, stormwater, effluent and sewer infrastructure) | Structural (building foundation, structural concrete and steelwork) | Architectural Design | Electrical (lighting & power points) | Mechanical (forced ventilation, fire protection and air-conditioning).

Other services include: Compilation of technical specifications | Estimation of bills of quantities | Preparation of tender documentation | Tender evaluation | Quality control inspections during construction.



RCE Consultants designed a fit-for-purpose locomotive workshop compliant with all the user requirements. The architectural design culminated in a modern and cost effective, low maintenance facility.

Functionally, the Workshop & Annex form part of the revised, integrated locomotive maintenance processes introduced as part of Transnet’s increased export capacity drive. The revised processes enhance operational efficiency and locomotive utilisation by facilitating shorter locomotive turn-around times in the Salkor yard.

The construction of the building and associated work were completed in 11 months with RCE personnel performing regular quality control inspections.