Refreshment Coaches

The two refreshment cars Kariega 128 (formerly 8479) and Buffalo 120 (formerly 8480) are laying derelict in the veld in Germiston. These coaches have been around for many years and are amongst the remnants of 20 similar coaches converted from C-33 all coupe coaches that entered service in 1951. Buffalo re-entered service as a catering car in August 1981, while Kariega re-entered service October 1982.

Reefsteamers still operates Kango 127 (formerly 8483) on their trains to Magaliesburg. She originally entered service in September 1951, and after conversion re-entered service in October 1983. As can be seen in the photographs they have a different window configuration on either side, with one side being a corridor and the service side consisting of a coupe with en suite toilet and shower, storage, service counter, kitchen, pantry, compartment, and then a public shower and toilet. In June 2009, Kariega and Buffalo were moved from the siding in Germiston onto one of the lines leading into Reefsteamers workshop where they are a bit safer from the veld fires during winter.

Kariega and Buffalo at Reefsteamers 2009 (1500×570)

Kariega (Corridor side)

Kariega (Corridor side)

Kariega (Kitchen side)

Kariega (Service side)

Buffalo (Corridor side)

Buffalo (Corridor side)

kariega

kariega

Kariega

Kariega

Kariega

Kariega

Buffalo

Buffalo

Kariega

Kariega

Kariega

Kariega

127 Kango (8483) – Reefsteamers
Kango (Corrider side)

Kango (Corrider side)

Kango (Service side)

Kango (Service side)

Kango (counter inside)

Ccounter inside

Kitchen

Kitchen

Builders plate

Builders plate

Counter

Counter

Shower and WC

Shower and WC

Corridor

Corridor

Storage

Storage

     

The other catering cars of this class were named as follows:

110 Amatola (8484) – Umgeni Steam Railway
111 Hartenbos (8468) – Scrapped
112 Hennops (8490)
113 Kamderboo (8462)
114 Komga (8461)
115 Kuruman (8469)
116 Matroosberg (8463)
117 Nossob (8489) – Scrapped SWA
118 Pokwani (8475) – Scrapped SWA
119 Stroomberg (8499) – Scrapped SWA
120 Buffalo (8480) – Derelict Germiston.
125 Franschoek (8488)
126 Kammanassie (8470 or 8472) – Shunters in White River
127 Kango (8483) – Reefsteamers
128 Kariega (8479) – Derelict Germiston.
129 Khami (8487) – Cape Town by the train lodge
130 Koonap (8481) – put up for auction and sold for scrap in Nov 2012
131 Nogalakwana (8493)
132 Wilge (8477) – Derelict Culemborg, Bellville C&W July 2009
133 Zebediela (8473) – Derelict Culemborg, Bellville C&W July 2009

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