English Electric Growl 

Classes: CC class

CC class

© English Electric Growl / Mahktar Sylla

Senegal, Africa

In the early part of 2002, SEFICS, the rail operations of the ICS chemical company in Senegal purchased two MKA locomotives from Australia. They were reclassified as CC Class on arrival and no. CC2025 is seen here on June 17th 2002 in the SEFICS wprkshops during acceptance exam.

© Mahktar Sylla

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2002¹, 2005²
Rebuilt By
NREC/RTS, South Dynon, Melbourne, Victoria¹ or
Rail Tech Support, South Dynon, Melbourne, Victoria²
Running Numbers
Number Rebuilt


In 2002 NREC Alco/RTS overhauled two MKA locomotives and these were regauged for use in West Africa.
In 2005 two former ZC class locomotives were converted by RTS at Melbourne before export to West Africa
Locomotive Status
In Traffic
Stored Unserviceable
English Electric 12CSVT MKII
Main Generator
English Electric 822/16J
Auxiliary Generator
English Electric 755
Traction Motors
English Electric 548 x 6
Locomotive Brakes
Air, Rheostatic.
Train Brakes
Wheel Arrangement
Imperial Metric
 3 ft 3 3/8 in
 1000 mm
Minimum Curve  
 264 ft 0 in
 80467 mm
 48 ft 0 in
 14630 mm
 9 ft 3 in
 2820 mm
 12 ft 4½ in
 3772 mm
 88 tons
 89.8 tonnes
Fuel Capacity  
 1200 Gallons
 5455 Litres
Power Rating  
 2025 / 1800 HP
 1510 / 1343 kW
Tractive Effort (Start)  
 77,990 lbs
 347 kN
Tractive Effort (Cont)  
 53,900 lbs at 10½ mph
 240 kN at 15 km/h
 50 mph
 80 km/h

All four locomotives of this class derive from the 1300 & 1320 Classes that began life in Queensland. After their move to Tasmania in 1988, all four we recommissioned and joined the ZC Class fleet until ZC22 znd ZC41 were laid aside for attention. That attention never came in Tasmania, but in 1993 both locomotives were bought by Morrison Knudsen and transported to South Australia for refurbishment to become MKA Class locomotives.

ZC16 and ZC17 soldiered on for a number of years in Tasmania and became 2142 and 2142 in 1998 renumbering scheme. They remained in traffic until late 2000, when they were put into store. In 2001 the locomotives were sold for the 'Leisure Rail WA' project, a plan for a luxury train travelling around Western Australia which subsequently failed to come to fruition, and after a number of years in store at Devonport (Don River Railway), they were shipped to Melbourne early in 2005 to be rebuilt by Rail Tech Support and subsequently sold on to SEFICS in Senegal, West Africa.

Since arrival in Dakar, all four locomotives have seen action, but have been dogged by engine problems, reported locally to have been caused because of the high operating temperatures in the area. With the assistance of ´English Electric Growl´, a number of spares were sourced from the UK during 2007, that enabled the two most recent arrivals to be made operational by the end of that year. The remaining two locomotives, both former MKA's, have been undergoing a protracted overhaul and were successfully returned to traffic in 2009.

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This page was last updated on Sunday March 11th 2018