The Death of Chamdor (1)

I originally visited the Sanrasm locomotive site at Mclean Street, Chamdor. in 2007, and was amazed to even see that such a thing existed. Even as I arrived alarm bells went off. Who in their right mind would site locomotives right next to a squatter camp in an unfenced and unguarded location? It was really just a matter of time before hacksaws would appear and bits started to disappear off these semi derelict locos. I revisited the site in September 2010 and was shocked by what I saw. In fact, while I was there a group of men were swarming over one of the locos removing bits from it. The big difference was whereas theft before was the casual theft of removables, this was more organised, heavy cutting equipment was being used to cut the frames of the locos to get at the bearings.

Before (2007)

Before (2007)

I screamed and shouted and eventually things started happening and the end result was that a decision was made to scrap what was left of the locos and use the money to fund improvements at Sanrasm North and South sites. And then the cutting started. I was fortunate (or maybe unfortunate) to be able to see the cutting as it happened, and to get a look at the innards of these once proud machines. Sadly though it was heartbreaking to witness the destruction too. The Chamdor site was located at 26° 8’27.47″S, 27°48’21.35″E

After (07/09/2010)

After (07/09/2010)

I will leave the reader to make their own conclusions, I have tried to present “before” and “after” images where I can and of necessity some images have been reversed. It is also worth noting that many of the locos were in a very poor condition even before they were attacked by the scrap vultures.

Cutting had already commenced on 15 September 2010, by 02 October nothing was left except for a cab and the remnants of the 7th class and a few piles of scrap with semi recognisable bits in it. Ironically, while looking through the pics I discovered that a new loco had been added in since my original pics in 2007 and the cutting pics. There are a lot of images on this page, please be patient.

Neilson Reid 8DW No. 1211 "Puffing Dougie" (2009)

Neilson Reid 8DW No. 1211 “Puffing Dougie”

07 Sept 2010

07/09/2010

15/09/2010

15/09/2010

Class 19B-1410

Class 19B-1410

15/09/2010

15/09/2010

27/09/2010

27/09/2010

Before

Before

07/09/2010

07/09/2010

 
Sharp Stewart 7th Class No. 990

Sharp Stewart

7th Class No. 990

07/09/2010

07/09/2010

15/09/2010

15/09/2010

Before

Before

07/09/2010

07/09/2010

 
Neilson Reid 7th Class 4-8-0 No. 1059

Neilson Reid 7th Class

4-8-0 No. 1059

09/07/2010

07/09/2010

02/10/2010

02/10/2010

Before

Before

After

After

 
Before

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After

After

 
Before

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After

After

18/09/2010

18/09/2010

Before

Before

After

After

27/09/2010

27/09/2010

Before

Before

15/09/2010

15/09/2010

18/09/2010

18/09/2010

Before

Before

07/09/2010

07/09/2010

18/09/2010

18/09/2010

Before

Before

15/09/2010

15/09/2010

35/09/2010

27/09/2010

Before

Before

 
24/09/2010

24/09/2010

Class 14 - 1750

Class 14 – 1750

15/09/2010

15/09/2010

02/10/2010

02/10/2010

This image was taken on 02 October 2010

This image was taken on 02 October 2010

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