Tag: Sanrasm

4-8-2T NBL Tank Loco 24386

One of the plinthed locomotives that has been on display for many years may be found at Florida Junction out on the West Rand. Listed as 4-8-2T North British Tank Loco 24386, I have seen this loco for the many years that I lived out on the West Rand and was able to photograph her in a number of liveries, in fact, shortly after she was plinthed you could still climb up into her cab. In 2011 I took the following image (more images to be added at a later date) shortly after she had been painted. 

Piet Conradie has a page on this loco, and my images are on that page.

This is what she looked like in 2009

Towards the end of March 2017, I photographed her once again and her paint was fading and she was definitely looking the worse for wear. It also appears as if at some point the Florida Junction sign on her tank was redone.  

She was built in 1937 in Glasgow by North British Locomotive Co. as works number 24386 and was one of the many standard NBL locomotives that were delivered for service at South African mines. This one first saw service as No 1 at Witbank Colliery Ltd and later at Vanwyksdrift as part of the Douglas Colliery Ltd rolling stock. By some strange quirk, there is a Witbank Colliery No 1 loco plinthed close by. It is possible that this loco replaced that loco at some point.  

Of course with the demise of Sanrasm I do not know who owns the steamer now, or who is responsible for keeping her painted and vandalism free. It may be a good idea to watch her because at some point she may end up being redundant.

© DRW 2011-2018. Created retrospectively 28/03/2017

Updated: 11/01/2018 — 20:48

L-14-D Drivers Coach

This long lived drivers coach was superficially in a poor condition, however her interior was surprisingly intact and she would be used on the driving end of a suburban train for short trips. She did not have a motor or pantograph and was converted from an L-14 which were the 1st generation subs in the country. And was is possible that she was the only one left in the country. Her interior had been divided up into the drivers cab, an empty area possibly for luggage or parcels  (now decorated with a blue sky and black walls), and a passenger section. She did not survive the rationalisation of Sanrasm and was sadly broken up. Very few drivers trailers have survived in any form in South Africa, and it is a pity that we lost this one.

© DRW 2010-2018. Moved to blog 15/04/2015

Updated: 09/01/2018 — 19:44

Drakensberg SB van at Sanrasm

This SB van was one of the few remaining identifiable remnants of the former Drakensberg express. Superficially she was in a good condition, but her body had been damaged by trees and general lack of maintenance at Sanrasm. There was also buckling of her underframe due to an accident when she was in service and that was probably why she was at Sanrasm in the first place. Sadly she was lost to fire in December 2010.

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© DRW 2010-2018. Moved to blog 14/04/2015

Updated: 09/01/2018 — 19:44

Private Saloon Wesvaal

The Private Saloon Wesvaal, was originally built for the CGR in 1897. By some strange quirk of fate she managed to survive over the years and eventually ended up at Sanrasm where she was slowly deteriorating, but in a better condition than most. By the time I first saw her many of her interior fittings had been trashed, but there was enough left to make a stunning vehicle out of. With the breaking down of Sanrasm in April 2014, I believe she ended up going to Reefsteamers where she may still be today.

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© DRW 2010-2018. Moved to blog 15/04/2015

Updated: 09/01/2018 — 19:44

Dining Saloon Shashi 229

Yet another classic dining saloon that rotted while under the “care” of Sanrasm in Randfontein. Shashi (229), has had major water damage to her interior from a leaking roof and a broken window and it seemed as if would become yet another memory of our once glorious railway heritage. Her kitchen was housed in a separate coach that was also rotting away at Sanrasm, although she was on a different line altogether. In spite of the decay, Shashi was still beautiful, and when I last saw her in July 2012 she had been covered with a tarpaulin, stripped down, and was being restored. I believe she was amongst the vehicles that were moved to Reefsteamers and that she can be re-united with her kitchen (Coach 282)  and return to service as a preserved vehicle.

2009

2009

2009

2009

Store

Store

Leaking roof

Leaking roof

Dresser

Dresser

name plate

name plate

interior damage

interior damage

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Interior 2012

Shashi’s kitchen and compartment coach (no: 282) somehow ended up on a different line to the seating part of the dining saloon set, and, she was in a much better condition. This coach not only contained a kitchen but also compartments for kitchen staff. And on the exterior she had a windowed corridor side as well as a service side. When I last saw her in 2012 she had been restored on the exterior, but a lot of work needed doing in her interior. She was however one of the more complete coaches that Sanrasm had.

2011, before restoration

2011, before restoration (service side)

2012 after restoration

2012 after restoration

Coupe

Coupe

Corridor

Corridor

Kitchen

Kitchen

2011 before restoration

2011 before restoration (corridor side)

2012 after restoration

2012 after restoration

© DRW 2009-2018. Moved to blog 18/01/2015.

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:58

3 Class Balcony Coach 6086

One of the reach gems at Sanrasm North Site was the 3 class balcony coach 6086, she was unique, she is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd class vehicle and very worthy of preservation because she was probably the only one of her kind. Unfortunately she had been left to rot and was slowly falling apart. There was evidence of a fire inside of her, but you could still see the fine wooodwork in her rotting interior and exterior. Realistically she was only useable as firewood and in December 2010 she was broken up.

3rd class door visible

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3class05 3class06 3class10
3class07

© DRW 2009-2018. Added to blog 18/01/2015

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:59

Half balcony dining saloon Phantom Pass (161)

Phantom Pass (161) is, or should I say was, a gem. She is a “pure” wooden, half balcony dining saloon with her own kitchen. She is not a pillared dining saloon though, but stands out in her own right as worthy of preservation. Sadly, like so many “exhibits” at Sanrasm she was deteriorating very quickly after years of neglect, and with her rotten roof, sagging  windows and her balconies rotting away, the water damage from the next rainy season had the potential to finish her for good unless she was rescued very quickly. In December 2010 she was stabilised in preparation for moving her to Reefsteamers in Germiston. I revisited her in June 2012 and she had not been moved yet, but I was shocked to see how far things had progressed with her restoration. Internally she did need work, but her exteriors were looking infinitely better. Unfortunately her one balcony had rotted away when things were going pear shaped and had been removed before the evaluation in 2010, and of course the wine racks had all been stolen, but  those are things for replacing in the future.  Further examples of the half balcony diners can be seen at the Heidelberg Transport Museum.

Phantom Pass 2010

Phantom Pass 2010

Dining saloon

Dining saloon

Name and number

Name and number

Dining saloon

Dining saloon

Corridor

Corridor

Kitchen

Kitchen

Wine rack

Wine rack

2010.

2010.

Damage

Damage

End of train

End of train

Kitchen stove

Kitchen stove

Dedication

Dedication

First glimpse 2009

First glimpse 2009

Repainted and reroofed. 2012

Repainted and reroofed. 2012

© DRW. 2009-2018. Created 08 July 2009. Updated 14 June 2012. Thanks to Carlos Das Neves Vieira for the information

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:59

2nd Class E-13 Coach 2123

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.

Compartment side being restored in 2012 (1411x651)

Compartment side being restored in 2012 (1411×651)

First glimpse 2009

First glimpse 2009

Corridor

Corridor

Upper berth

Upper berth

Corridor

Corridor

2nd Class Compartment

2nd Class Compartment

Comp corridor side

Comp corridor side

Coach Identification

Coach Identification

Coupe

Coupe

Water damage

Water damage

Undergoing restoration 2012

Undergoing restoration
2012

Undergoing restoration 2012

Undergoing restoration
2012

Restoration 2012

Undergoing restoration
2012

© DRW. 2009-2018. Created 11 August 2009. Added new pic 21 December 2011

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:59

Coaches

I admit that I really love coaches. The all pervading memory I have of them is of polished wood, leather, and the smell that an old wooden coach had. Sadly they are usually overlooked in our quest to photograph steam engines, and the advent of the formica clad steel bodied saloon meant that those wonderful oldies would be lost forever.

I was fortunate to be able to encounter a few oldies still around, namely at Sanrasm and Heidelberg Transport Museum, strangely enough that feint smell was still there, even over the smell of dust and decay. This is my tribute to some of the beauts I have seen. Initially these pages will point off site to my website, but as I move pages they will remain within the blog area. Please be patient though, this page is still under construction.

 

Derelict Sleeper Millsite

Derelict Sleeper
Millsite

District Surgeons coach Millsite

District Surgeons coach
Millsite

C-13 Balcony coach 7936 Millsite

C-13 Balcony coach 7936
Millsite

Kango. Catering coach AC-1 127 Corridor side Reefsteamers

Kango. Catering coach
AC-1 127 Corridor side Reefsteamers

Kango. Kitchen coach AC-1 127 Corridor side Reefsteamers

Kango. Kitchen coach
AC-1 127 Corridor side Reefsteamers

"The Nigel Coach" Sleeper Reefsteamers

“The Nigel Coach” Sleeper
Reefsteamers

BJ's Branded Dining Saloon Germiston

BJ’s Branded Dining Saloon
Germiston

Shosholoza Meyl Sitter Germiston

Shosholoza Meyl Sitter
Germiston

Shosholoza Meyl mainline train. Germiston

Shosholoza Meyl mainline train. Germiston

Derelict 2nd class saloon Reefsteamers

Derelict 2nd class saloon
Reefsteamers

Regional Managers Saloon 83. Reefsteamers

Regional Managers Saloon 83. Reefsteamers

Slamdoor sub Friends of the Rail

Slamdoor sub
Friends of the Rail

Slamdoor sub Friends of the Rail

Slamdoor sub
Friends of the Rail

Slamdoor sub Friends of the Rail

Slamdoor sub
Friends of the Rail

Vintage Coach (1893) Florida

Vintage Coach (1893)
Florida

Engineers Caboose (Before) Sanrasm South

Engineers Caboose (Before)
Sanrasm South

Engineers Caboose (After) Sanrasm South

Engineers Caboose
(After)
Sanrasm South

2nd Class Coach 2123. Before SANRASM South

2nd Class Coach 2123.
Before
SANRASM South

2nd Class Coach 2123. after SANRASM South

2nd Class Coach 2123.
after
SANRASM South

CGR Private Saloon 15. "Wes-Vaal " SANRASM South

CGR Private Saloon 15. “Wes-Vaal “
SANRASM South

Kitchen Car 282 Corridor side (after) SANRASM South

Kitchen Car 282
Corridor side (after)
SANRASM South

Kitchen Car 282 Working side (after) SANRASM South

Kitchen Car 282
Working side (after)
SANRASM South

Dining Saloon 161 Phantom Pass (before) SANRASM South

Dining Saloon 161
Phantom Pass (before)
SANRASM South

Dining Saloon 161 Phantom Pass (After) SANRASM South

Dining Saloon 161
Phantom Pass (After)
SANRASM South

Compo Guards/Passenger coach. SANRASM South

Compo Guards/Passenger coach. SANRASM South

2nd Class E-16 Coach 8868. SANRASM North

2nd Class E-16 Coach 8868.
SANRASM North

Derelict balcony 1/2/3class 6086 SANRASM North

Derelict balcony
1/2/3class 6086
SANRASM North

Derelict slamdoor sub SANRASM South

Derelict slamdoor sub
SANRASM South

Dining Saloon Shashi 229. SANRASM South

Dining Saloon Shashi 229.
SANRASM South

Drakensberg Express SB van 2295 SANRASM North

Drakensberg Express
SB van 2295
SANRASM North

L-14-Drivers coach SANRASM South

L-14-Drivers coach
SANRASM South

L-14-Drivers coach SANRASM South

L-14-Drivers coach
SANRASM South

Articulated saloon C-22 Reefsteamers

Articulated saloon C-22
Reefsteamers

Sleeper coach Reefsteamers

Sleeper coach
Reefsteamers

Derelict refreshment coaches AC-1: 120 ans 128 Reefsteamers

Derelict refreshment coaches AC-1: 120 and 128 Reefsteamers

Southern Cross Sleeper Reefsteamers

Southern Cross Sleeper
Reefsteamers

Southern Cross Sleeper Reefsteamers

Southern Cross Sleeper Reefsteamers

Southern Cross SB Van Reefsteamers

Southern Cross SB Van Reefsteamers

SB and power van Reefsteamers

SB and power van
Reefsteamers

Day Sitter Reefsteamers

Day Sitter
Reefsteamers

Braamfontein Yards

Braamfontein Yards

Braamfontein Yards

Braamfontein Yards

Vapour Clarksons Braamfontein Yards

Vapour Clarksons
Braamfontein Yards

Braamfontein Yards

Braamfontein Yards

Braamfontein Yards

Braamfontein Yards

Derelict E-13 Saloon 14161 Braamfontein

Derelict E-13 Saloon 14161
Braamfontein

Derelict E-13 Saloon 14160 Braamfontein

Derelict E-13 Saloon 14160
Braamfontein

Reused sitter Fordsburg Square

Reused sitter
Fordsburg Square

Breakdown Train Millsite

Breakdown Train
Millsite

Breakdown Train Millsite

Breakdown Train
Millsite

Breakdown Train Millsite

Breakdown Train
Millsite

Mainline saloons Pretoria

Mainline saloons
Pretoria

Premiere Klasse Randfontein

Premiere Klasse
Randfontein

Breakdown Train Germiston

Breakdown Train
Germiston

     

Many people have helped contribute to this page, but special thanks must go to Carlos Das Neves Vieira for help in identifying some of these old beauties.

DRW 2009-2018. Added to Blog 23/08/2014

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:25

SANRASM South Site (Prior to 10/2010)

I spent a lot of time trying to find Sanrasm. The signage at Millsite was old, and it pointed in a nebulous direction, but there was no real road to follow. And, when it was almost in my grasp I gave up to return on another day. When I eventually found the place it was closed, and after some persuasion a friendly security guard gave me the number for the office. The excuse I was given was that “the grass was long and they could not let me in”. It was obvious that one of the reasons for the long grass was that somebody wasn’t doing their job! I was potentially a willing volunteer, but they were not really interested in me, instead I was fobbed off and told to go have a look at the Chamdor locomotive collection instead. and that was that.
I left feeling despondent, there was so much to see behind that fence, but unless I got very lucky there was no way I was going to see what there was! I did however take pics through the fence, and vowed that this was not the end. I would get in there eventually.

These images were taken over and through the fence.

I then discovered the “scrap line” while on a trip to Magaliesburg with Reefsteamers. This was a terrible place, and I had to fight my way through bushes and trees to get there (there was a much easier way, but I did not know it at the time). Now that I think about it, this was a really stupid thing I did. The area was still a mining area and there was a huge quarry on one side and the terrain was really dangerous and I was lucky to come out of this was a bad case of blackjacks and scrapes and scratches. I was also able to catch a glimpse into the site itself from the other side, and it was as bad here as I had seen from the gate. Worse was to come though, when I discovered North Site.

© DRW 2009-2018. Created 22/06/2014. Edited 17/01/2105

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:34
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