It’s a natural progression for a ship enthusiast to enjoy steam engines. After all, the steam ship and steam engine do share a common heritage. Both are now endangered species, and the remaining examples that still exist in South Africa are few and far between. I recall as a child making many trips down to Bethlehem with a steam engine in front and those beautiful wooden coaches. I remember travelling from Warrenton to Jan Kemp Dorp in a steam engine powered train when I was in the army. I recall looking for cables under 12 inches of soot in the steam loco depot in Germiston when I was newly qualified as a Telecomms Electrician. I am not new to steam, I grew up with those engines thundering past our house in Mayfair, they always fascinated me, and they always will.
I decided to put up these pages because of what I saw at a Millsite where elements of the so-called “National Collection” rust away. It was one of the sadder places I have ever been to, and yet walking amongst those sleeping loco’s I could sense that there was still hope that they would one day move again. Some have been there for years, and their chances of preservation is so small. But, I live in hope.
I eventually started to expand this page as I ventured further from home, and this is realistically a record of what I saw in South Africa. Please bear in mind, I am not a loco Identification fundi,, so realistically I have to thank Dylan Knott, Piet Conradie and Carlos Das Neves Vieira for help with identification and information as well as Ronnie Lovemore for the use of his images. Special recognition has to go to Reefsteamers who kept the fires burning and the wheels turning.
Navigation is via the nav bar on the right, or the drop down menu bar under the pretty picture. So far we have pages that link to:
Railway links and websites.
DRW © 2009-2020. Created 02/02/2009. Updated 20/08/2013. Added to Blog 18/01/2014. Edited 12/10/2014. More pages redirected to blog 09/08/2014. Thanks to Dylan Knott, Piet Conradie and Carlos Das Neves Vieira for help with identification and information as well as Ronnie Lovemore for the use of his images. Special recognition has to go to Reefsteamers who keep the fires burning and the wheels turning. Edited and repaired links 21/06/2018