2nd Class coach 2123 is an E-13 built in 1938 in Bloemfontein. She is the way I remember coaches in my early days of rail travel. Wood, leather, a solid feel about her, and a smell of her own. Sadly, while 2123 now smelt of rot and mildew when I first saw her in the South Side of Sanrasm, she was surprisingly intact and a gem well worth seeing just for the experience. Unfortunately the wet weather we had in early August 2009 has shown that she was no longer watertight, and with all the open windows she was well on her way to ruin. The vandals had also started removing her fittings. In 2011 when I last saw her, work had been started on restoring her, or at least painting her and repairing her roof and windows
With the closure of South Site in 2013 I think she may have ended up at Reefsteamers in Germiston. Unfortunately she had been involved in some sort of accident in her early career and that may have doomed her. I have not had any confirmation that she has survived.
© DRW. 2009-2018. Created 11 August 2009. Added new pic 21 December 2011