Modified Class 5E1 Series 5 locomotive, E1101, originally built in 1968 pictured here on a very rare occasion down the KwaZulu Natal South Coast at Pennington. The Late Colonel André Kritzinger made the following comments re the modifications made to E1101 & E1102 in his tremendous research work on the locomotives of the South African Railways on Wikipedia - “By 2007 two Series 5 locomotives, numbers E1101 and E1102, had been modified extensively. It involved a complete strip-down overhaul to rebuild them as prototypes with the object to determine if large-scale Class 5E1 rebuilding would be economically viable. Some visible external differences from the originals were side window screens, higher side doors with a curved rainwater gutter above it (not done on E1101) and reinforcing under the side doors and side windows. On the roof access ladder side the cut-outs on the roof edge were filled in and the units were repainted in the then current Spoornet blue livery with outline numbers, the only Class 5E1s to receive this livery. They were also equipped with driver’s consoles similar to those which were later fitted to the Class 18Es. No further such rebuilds were done. By 2010, these two units were shedded at Danskraal in Ladysmith and used to push road trainers, modified cabooses with Class 5E1 controls installed in one end, that are used to familiarise drivers with routes.”
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