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Durban centre is situated on the M7 route to Bluff, 311 Solomon Mahlangu drive approximately 10km from the Durban City Centre and 45km from the Durban Airport.
 The centre occupies 3.4300 hectares of land and it has been a home of Transnet Engineering for 40 years since 1974.

The plant has 7 operational businesses and 5 outlining depots i.e. Wentworth Diesel Depot, Wagons Bayhead, KwaManzini, & Kingsrest, Electrical Locomotive Depots in Umbilo. Further to that it also services 6 depots in the outskirts of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) region which includes Richards Bay Wagons & Locomotives Maintenance, Pietermaritzburg, Vryheid, Ladysmith, & Newcastle.

How do we fit in sharing in our Company's goals and values

As a business we strive to support our customer with adequate levels of availability and reliability of wagons. We use Reliability Centered Maintenance principles to ensure that we contribute towards sustaining the competitive advantage of South Africa's export coal industry. We also create a work environment that is safe, efficient and morally elevated through training and development and con

Operational businesses that reside within Durban are:


Operation in the plant



Transnet Engineering's Coach Business refurbishes upgrades and repairs some 350 coaches annually at its workshops in Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Durban. All four workshops have ISO 9002 certification.

Maintenance is also undertaken on Shosholoza Meyl's 1200 coaches at eight maintenance facilities strategically placed throughout the country at Durban, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Culemborg, East London, Braamfontein, Port Elizabeth and Kimberley. READ MORE



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 Auxiliary Business, previously known as the Tarpaulin Business, prides itself on innovative products, individually designed to meet customers' specific needs.

The business portfolio includes manufacturing and maintenance of tarpaulins and auxiliary equipment. More recently, the Business has diversified into the manufacture, maintenance and conversion of containers and wagon preparation.




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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