SAR Class 5M Motor Coach (Type 3 R) Editors Pick! Contributor's Pick!       
Metrorail commuter trains are usually made up of as many as 11 to 13 wagons, of which three are motor coaches, one at each end and the third in the middle of the train. The type 3 coaches appeared on the scene when the use of train conductors as ticket examiners was discontinued. They have one set of sliding doors, with five windows between the motor compartment and the door set.

This picture shows Darwin Award candidates on the Kaalfontein to Tembisa run. Trainsurfing has become an often fatal fad around Johannesburg and the ultimate macho thing is to ride on the roof, standing upright while dodging catenary poles and keeping clear of the 3,000 volt cable while the train speeds along at between 80 and 100 km/h. Note the surfer in dark green between the second and third last coaches, whose feet are mere inches from the ballast, even with his knees pulled up. (A slightly larger copy of this picture is at

SAR Class 5M2A, Horsepower 1216, Length over headstocks 60' 3 5/8" (18.380m) or later models 60' 10 7/8" (18.564m), Height 12'0" (3.660m), Width 9'3" (2.820m).
Date: 8/21/2007 Location: Kaalfontein, Kempton Park, GP,  ZA Country Flag Views: 11248 Collection Of:   Col André Kritzinger
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
SAR Class 5M Motor Coach (Type 3 R)
Picture Categories: Passenger This picture is part of album:  South Africa's Rolling Stock - Passenger Commuter
User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
Gregg Bartley General Yeah, that looks sort of not at all safe.... 1/26/2009 3:05:41 PM
Tyler Trahan General I'm still wondering how the engineer sees out the cab window with all those people on the front... Simply unbeliveable... 1/27/2009 11:00:52 AM
Col André Kritzinger General This was the rear end. The very next train did have three surfers clinging on to the front, but by then the light was too far gone for a good picture. 2/4/2009 12:57:57 PM
Howard Biby General maybe they allow this as a form of population control??? It would appear it has the potential to filter the gene pool 2/5/2009 9:28:16 AM
Robert Tackett General 200 years ago they'd probably be trying to ride lions... 2/18/2009 9:29:06 PM
Doug Wolfe General Originally thought it was an evening shot from the NYC subway system.... 4/4/2009 9:13:08 AM
Jim Dodds General Hey Tyler - It was taken on the back, not the front, I think. Anyway, it's sad how poor so many people and countries are in Africa. Starving children that go as far as eating dirt to try to fulfill their apetites... ;( 8/19/2009 7:34:02 PM
Curt Beal General Maybe in Africa this sort of thing is just commonplace. There may not be the high security that there is in America. 1/12/2010 3:16:39 PM
Zach Pumphery General Maybe if they don't want to starve to death they can hop the next floating car to America and we taxpayers can buy them a home, a car, food, and give them free healthcare like all the other useless f*cking ingrates currently crossing (illegally) into our country. 1/26/2010 3:39:00 PM
David Nutter General Listen, everyone please STOP about stupid things. So I like be support with Africa and, childerns so please be RESPECTFUL! 2/11/2010 10:17:10 PM
George Sillett General This is a very bad idea! 7/17/2010 7:15:36 PM
Jim Dodds General Wow, this is crazy. Great photograph though. Seen on the homepage. 9/27/2010 7:06:05 PM
Jamie Joyce General Look ma, no brains! 11/12/2010 8:23:27 PM
Jonathan Hinely General Looks dangerous, but great shot. Might need a three step protection. Homepage 7/16/2011 5:28:55 PM
Roberto Alaniz General Great shot! (No racist rant to insert here) 9/6/2011 10:07:35 PM
antonio dasilva General they take MASS TRANSIT to a new level 11/6/2011 12:55:56 PM
Austin Jacox General Great Shot..... 2/20/2012 1:08:02 AM
George Sillett General Every time I see this picture, I really want to help these people out... 5/2/2012 12:40:43 AM
Col André Kritzinger General Butbut.... They're already out. 5/2/2012 6:52:30 AM
Fred Stuckmann General What an awesome shot, congrats on the EP. 10/18/2013 7:09:00 PM
Bob Beaumont General Quite the scene! 11/30/2013 12:54:16 AM
David Waters General Great shot. Try this in Canada and you will end up in jail, well almost. Goes to show you how lucky some of us are living in the 2 GREATEST countries in the WORLD. ;) ;) 12/20/2013 9:02:55 AM
Kevin Quinn General weed out the gene pool. 12/26/2013 11:22:48 AM
Robert Beichler General Great sot, but you can't fix stupid. 1/16/2014 6:45:20 PM
Tony Held General Oh man. And they allow such dangerous stunts while riding the rails in South Africa? Darwin Award candidates are plentiful indeed in this photo. 3/26/2014 10:27:11 PM
John Basson General This is a case of PRASA failing it's commuters. Reason for overcrowding are plenty but the most common are breakdown of trains, delayed trains and cable theft 4/8/2014 7:15:15 AM
C.S. Jackson General What a scene here. 9/27/2014 12:06:11 PM
Scott Crotwell General Great shot and catch! That is crazy! 2/6/2019 5:55:31 AM

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