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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT--Short Description of System

SHORT DESCRIPTION

MECHANICAL ENGINEER DEPARTMENT

This Department is responsible of General repairs and maintenance repair of locomotives, rolling stock, and all other existing engines.

Running repairs are carried out at Asmara loco Depots and Massawa Locoshed, Steam loco Depot and Diesel loco Depot at Asmara are independent of each other.

The main workshops for general repairs are divided as follows :

Machine shop, Erecting shop, Boiler shop, Carpenter shop, Carriage and wagon shop, Foundry shop, Electrical shop and Maintenance shop.


These workshops are equipped with the necessary machinery to meet any demands for general and running repairs.

LOCOMOTIVES AVAILABLE

Steam Locomotives: Main line 
Group Makers Wheel arrange Tractive
Force
Nos.
440  Ansaldo  0-4-4-0 7,500 kg 2
441 Ansaldo  0-4-4-0 13,500 2
442 Ansaldo  0-4-4-0 11,400 8
Diesel Hydraulic Locomotives:
Type  Makers
D. Hydraulic Krupp H.P. 506/560  4
Shunting Locos:
202  "Steam" [Breda]* [ 0-4-0]* 5,400 kg 8
Diesel Gardner 3 Axles 90 2
Diesel Gardner 2 Axles H.P. 60 1
Diesel Rail Cars Fiat 4 Axles  H.P.180 8

Heavy repairs.

All heavy repairs are carried out in main workshops. Running repairs are carried out in the respective shed.

Braking and Coupling:

Screw hand brakes only are fitted to all rolling Stock, Steam locomotive have steam brake, Diesel Hydraulic locomotives and Littorines have compressed air brakes.

The rolling stock is fitted with central buffers and coupling of the universal turnbuckle type supplemented by two safety chains.

Rolllng stocks:

The rolling stock in general is old but in serviceable condition:
 

a) Passengers Coaches Units 19
b) Freight Wagons
12 tons wagons 496
20 tons wagons 29
Water tanks 26
Fuel tank wagons 6
Service wagons 6

Weight of locomotive in working order
 

202 Group Tons 21
440 35
441 45
442  47
Krupp Diesel 48
Littorinas 18

Loco Loading Tonnage


202  440 441 442. D.H

1) Massawa Mai Atal 70 110 140 180 200
2) Mai Atal Ghinda 45 65 85 110 120
3) Ghinda Asmara  35  55 70  90 100
4) Asmara Keren 80 130 150 210 220
5) Keren Agordat 100 140 170 220 220
6) Agordat Hummed 90 140 170 220 220
7) Hummed Keren 55 75 105 120 120
8) Keren Asmara 55 75 105  120 120
9) Asmara B. Cherghis 50 55 70 90 100
10)  B. Cherghis Damas (Banking) The weight for the train is from 26 to 30 axle (maximum is allowed).
11)  Damas Kilo 42 60 70  100 120 [120]**
12) Kilo 42 Mai Atal The weight, for the train is from 32 to 50 axle (maximum is allowed).
13) Mai Atal Massawa 80 110 140 220 [220]**

* Original document did not show manufacturer and  showed 0-4-4-0 for wheel arraignment.
** Original document showed single number for 442 and DH
 


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