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Bloemfontein Centre is situated on the N8 route in Hilton Suburb, approximately 5km outside the Mangaung City Centre (City on the move) and 8 km from the Bloemfontein Airport. 

Bloemfontein Centre is situated on the N8 route in Hilton Suburb, approximately 5km outside the Mangaung City Centre (City on the move) and 8 km from the Bloemfontein Airport.

The centre, which is erected on 110 hectors of land, first came in to be in 1948. The plant has 46 operational bays that are under 263 000m2 (Meter squared) under roof. As the Bloemfontein Region, the centre services its profit centres in several provinces such as Free State, North West and Northern Cape.

The Bloemfontein Region Maintenance Depots are: De Aar, Postmansburg, Lime acres, Upington, Coligny, Bethlehem, Kroonstad and Bloemfontein.
The Centre has six businesses and two depots that are headed by a dynamic team of dedicated, skilled and goal oriented managers and labour representatives, who always live by and share the company's mission, vision and values. With a total number of approximately 2 231 employees including depots, all businesses have their own unique operations.


Operation in the plant



As the dominant new wagon builder in Africa, Transnet Engineering's Wagons Business is the major supplier to the 10,000 strong heavy-haul coal and iron ore fleets in South Africa.

Other wagon types supplied are cement, car carriers, intermodal and various type tank wagons. The organisation has an extensive network of strategically positioned factories and in-service depots and refurbishes and maintains wagons, including heavy overhauls, conversions, upgrades, accident repairs and essential life-cycle interventions. The wagon business also refurbishes and upgrades bogies to achieve higher axle loads and to match different track gauges. READ MORE



Transnet Engineering’s Foundry Business has a long history dating back some 50 years. At one time, the business employed some 2000 people with immense capacity to serve both the internal and external market.

The Business’s main objectives included casting of all the components for the former South African Railways and Harbours. This included bogies, frames, bolsters, wedges, side frames, couplers, draw-gears etc – in fact, every casting needed on rolling stock i.e. locomotives, coaches and wagons. Today, the Foundry business is being further upgraded in all aspects to resume its vital role in the South African rail industry. READ MORE



Transnet Engineering's Wheel Business specialises in the refurbishing and assembly of all types of railway wheels for the Southern African region. The business has the capability and facilities to assemble and build up new wheels from components brought in from local and international suppliers.

The Wheel Business is managed from its head office situated at Transnet Engineering's Koedoespoort depot in Pretoria.



Transnet Engineering's Rolling Stock Equipment Business (RSE) is able to manufacture modern, technologically-advanced rolling stock components. Its services include the manufacture of parts and sub-assemblies for locomotives, coaches and wagons.

 It is able to refurbish and upgrade equipment components so that they will cost-effectively extend the lifespan of the rolling stock they serve. RSE is a responsive and proactive operation, offering the highest levels of service. READ MORE



With a history of 100 years, Transnet Engineering's Locomotive Business is the leading centre of locomotive expertise and innovation in Sub Saharan Africa. Apart from being a model of social and engineering transformation, its world-class products meet the requirements of the most rigorous international testing and standards.

The Locomotive Business currently refurbishes, converts, upgrades or remanufactures over 400 locomotives annually to ISO 9001 (2000) quality standards at its factories. It also maintains over 2,500 of the locomotives in South Africa's fleet to provide its customers with a source of reliable and available tractive effort.

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Bloemfontein Administrator

Azuzile Khahla
Tel  +27 - (0)51 408 3551

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