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About African Railway Systems

African Railway Systems and Consultants

African Railway Systems have 45 years of experience in the Railway Industry. The company was established to fulfill a need to supply our clients with all their rail and rolling stock requirements.

African Railways Systems is a railway logistics company currently operating in Africa. The company was established in 2000 when we recognized a critical demand to supply services that could build or revitalize the declining rail networks in Africa. With many years of experience in the railway and logistics markets we strive to provide our customers with cost effective transport and materials handling solutions at the uppermost standard of service.

We source diesel-electric locomotives, shunting locomotives, spare parts for locomotives, mining locomotives, passenger coaches and wagons. Our other fields of expertise are transport logistics, mobile crane hire, shipping, locomotive refurbishment, rail tours, private rail charters, shunting solutions, track maintenance and the establishment of private sidings.

African Railway Systems have offices and workshop facilities in South Africa and Mexico. We are currently supplying and offering a specialised service in Africa and Globally.

We also supplies new and refurbished Diesel-Electric Mainline Locomotives. These include the traditional EMD and GE locomotives, but we also include locally designed models (i.e.) Type U26C ,Type GT18MC, U20C, GT26MC locomotives.


African Railway Systems manufacture or refurbish railway freight wagons such as coal, ballast, iron-ore hoppers and largely any rail-freight wagons, they have been tested and proven in the harsh conditions they are built to withstand the heaviest loads. Hauled and unloaded through a rotary dumper or bottom discharge.

Passenger coaches

Can be designed according to our client’s custom requirements, or if you have existing coaches they can be refurbished.

Our Secondary market includes the manufacturing and supply of Diesel-Hydraulic, Diesel-Hydrostatic and Diesel-Hydrokinetic Locomotives for the Industrial Manufacturing and Mining markets. The mining locomotives are mostly underground variants ranging between 3 tons and 30 tons and are all hydrostatic.

The larger shunting locomotives range from between 8 tons and 55 tons. They can be custom designed according to our clients' requirements and can be any gauge.

Our Clients

Heritage Railway Association of Southern Africa

Heritage Railway Association of Southern Africa

African Rail Systems are a member of the HRASA
(Heritage Railway Association of Southern Africa)

Postal Address

  • PO Box
  • Box 6223, Erinvale Estate,
  • Somerset West,
  • South Africa,
  • 7130