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Prasa calls for patience as they test locomotives

A video doing the rounds shows a blue locomotive narrowly missing what appears to be a bridge.

 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) took journalists aboard the new trains it purchased from a Spanish manufacturer to prove that they comply with standards on 13 July, 2015. Picture: Kgotatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says the public must be patient while engineers work on its controversial new Spanish manufactured locomotives to ensure that they fit the railway network across the country.

The rail agency was responding to a video doing the rounds, showing a blue locomotive narrowly missing what appears to be a bridge, said to be at a workshop in Pretoria.

Last month, the parastatal's Popo Molefe admitted that the locomotives which came with a R600 million price tag are too tall for some of the country's rail networks.

Prasa spokesperson Sipho Sithole says he cannot confirm that the video is of Prasa trains nor what the train is being tested to do.

"We need to check every space where the height might be an issue. That particular video identifies a problematic error as part of the testing process and now it is being adjusted. That's if it's our locomotive that we're talking about."