Tag: SAR

19D – 3328 at Coligny

Class 19D 3328 is plinthed in Coligny and is well looked after by a local businessman who uses the plot as an advertisement for a local garden centre,  it is even been adorned with cherubs and garden gnomes! However the important thing is that the loco is in a good condition. More about this loco (and others) may be found at Old Steam Locomotives of South Africa

Surprisingly enough her cabside plate is till present. Unfortunately the local idiots have left their mark.

She is looking much better than most of the plinthed loco’s though, which is a good thing. So thanks to all those who are ensuring her survival. I wish that was true of all the other plinthed steamers from the past.

© DRW 2017-2018. Created 12/02/2017. Images courtesy of Terry Cawood

Updated: 11/01/2018 — 20:31

10BR-750 Plinthed at Roodepoort Station

This locomotive stands in the grounds of Roodepoort Station, surprisingly it is in a reasonably good condition, given the decline in the area in general. Unfortunately hawkers have taken root, erecting plastic roofs and using the cab as a storage area.

The loco, a class 10BR, (one of 15), was built in 1910 at the North British Loco Company Ltd. and went into service in 1910.

It was withdrawn in 1972, Unfortunately the information plaque is obscured by a large piece of plastic which makes it impossible to read completely, but the plaque identifies this loco as being number 750. This loco is over a century old!

When I took these pics in 2009 she was already looking bad, I would hate to know what she looks like now. Google Earth has a 2014 image of her and she was still there at that point but was covered in graffiti. The co-ordinates are:   26° 9.554’S,   27° 52.183’E.

© DRW © 2009-2018. Originally created 08 February 2009. Moved to blog 07/03/2016.

Updated: 10/01/2018 — 20:06

Millsite continued (3)

I walked Millsite on four separate occasions, and it is a depressing place, but the pain is over as the collection is dispersed. I have over 400 images that I took there, and most have never seen the light of day. This page is a general hodge-podge of pics, I make no excuses for quality as I do not recall ever having a decent day of sunny weather while I was there. Images open in a new tab.

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Updated: 10/01/2018 — 20:09

Millsite continued (2)

Continuing from Page 1, Millsite does not only have derelict steam engines, but it also has derelict electrics and coaches. Unfortunately though, given the awkward situation of these photography is a really hit and miss because you can never really get a full view of what you are photographing. This page deals with the electrics, coaches and other bits and pieces.

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Update: 03/02/2016. It appears as if Millsite is being cleared with some locos being moved by road to Bloemfontein. (See the list on the first page), unfortunately it seems as if 4E-E219 is up for disposal. However, this has not been confirmed, but she is still in place in August 2016, however ES-E511 and 1E-01 were both moved to Bloemfontein. 

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Derelict Sleeper Millsite

Derelict Sleeper

District Surgeons coach Millsite

District Surgeons coach

C-13 Balcony coach 7936 Millsite

C-13 Balcony coach 7936

Destroyed Diesel

Destroyed Diesel

Decaying saloon

Decaying saloon

Decaying slam door sub

Decaying slam door sub

Breakdown Train Millsite

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© DR W 2009-2018. Created 26/12/2014, Updated 03/02/2016

Updated: 10/01/2018 — 20:09

South African Railways: Class 6E

For some strange reason the class 6E and 6E1 electric locomotive of the South African Railways has a large following, and I suspect the unique whine that they make from their resistor blowers is part of the attraction.

E163 Germiston

E1637, E1228 and E1416 in Germiston

These units have been in service for many years already, and they are the most numerous loco class in South Africa,  I am not an expert on them though, I am just an admirer. The definitive work (for want of a better description) may be found at the Class 6E page at Wikipedia.  The more numerous class 6E1 went on to have 11 different variants and there is a Wikipedia page dedicated to each variant.

6E1's Maraisburg

E1726 and friends.

All were built locally by Union Carriage and Wagon and most served with the South African Railways although a few were built for private use. 1041 were built in total.

E1267 Germiston

E1267. Germiston

There are a number of colour schemes out there, ranging from gulf red through to orange, purple and blue, although most purists would argue that the gulf red variant was the best livery.  Unfortunately I came into rail photography very late so have very few pictures of them, and most of the images I do have show a declining fleet in various stages of paintwork.

A trio of 6E1's

A trio of 6E1’s

The front two 6E1’s have the original diamond pantographs, while the gulf red unit has the newer style pantograph. Strangely enough she was still in her original livery as late as 2010.

6E-1678 Hamberg

E1678 and friends. (Hamberg)

E1558 and E1433. Germiston

E1411 and friends. Braamfontein

E1411 and friends. Braamfontein

Sadly the 6E and 6E1 are in danger of extinction as they get phased out in favour of more modern traction or are converted into what is now the Class 18E. This conversion robs them of their dual cabs in favour of “private facilities” for female drivers; and frankly that blanked out window does not do much for their looks.  I expect that the Class 18E will soldier on for many years as well, seeing that they are really converted from a good solid bit of design.

18405 Germiston

18405 (Germiston)

The 6E1 was also used as the locomotive on the now defunct “Metroblitz” high speed train that used to run between Pretoria and Johannesburg in the early 1980’s, and of course a specially adapted 6E1 with a nosecone was used to push the speed record for the Cape Gauge.

6E1 in Krugersdorp

6E1 in Krugersdorp

From a model railway point of view the 6E/6E1 never really entered the realm of the modeling fraternity. Many years ago, Italian manufacturer LIMA produced a series of South African Railways rolling stock and at the time they used a 5E/5E1 (E444 (Blue Train) and E919) as the “role model”. The 5E and all of its variants is really the granddaddy of the electric units that we knew so well in South Africa, and 555 were built in total.

E919 (LIMA HO Gauge)

E919 (LIMA HO Gauge)

These poor reproductions have really become collectors pieces and their prices are shocking.

Recently Scalecraft in South Africa was producing some excellent SAR models and while I know there is an 18E amongst their locomotives I am not too sure if the same can be said about the 5E/5E1/6E/6E1 variants.

It is also possible to get a very nice static 5E (although it is marked as a 6E) from Del Prado which included it as part of their Locomotives of the World series of partworks.

Del Prado static "6E" (N Gauge)

Del Prado static “6E” (N Gauge)

Sadly, I may never see one of these beauts ever again, although they will live on in my memory and in some of the videos that I managed to capture of that famous whine. When I was young I never really wanted to drive a steam engine, I really wanted to drive an electric loco, but I never did.

The 6E1 and her family were part of what made the former SAR work, they were the workhorses of the long distance train, and there was something comforting about watching them come into a station pulling a load of saloons behind them with a capable driver and his assistant at the controls, and of course part of going on holiday was sticking your head out the window and watching the units in front driving headlong. Ah, I can hear them from here!

© DRW 2015 – 2018. Created 20/10/2015

Updated: 10/01/2018 — 20:17

C22- Articulated Saloon.

This classic C22 Articulated Saloon is staged at Reefsteamers in Germiston. The idea is that she will be restored to a point that she can be used to house overnight visitors at the depot. Her interior has been changed considerably but there is enough of her woodwork left over to show the beauty of this relic of a bygone age.

© DRW 2009-2018. Moved to blog 15/04/2015

Updated: 09/01/2018 — 19:44

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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Updated: 09/01/2018 — 19:44

GMAM Garratt No.4079 “Lyndie Lou”

When I was young, a Garratt was something you only read about, it was very rare to see one outside their usual stomping grounds, yet South African Railways operated a large number of these huge machines and in a number of classes too. Sadly, they are rare beasties, and as far as I know there are only two that are capable of steaming in South Africa. There are however, many derelict Garratts thoughout the country, which is really shame because these were very powerful machines.
The GMAM Garratt 4079 “Lyndie Lou”, is based at Reefsteamers in Germiston, after a period with Rovos Rail. She is a huge machine, dwarfing everything around her. Unfortunately her bulk makes her an unpopular choice for running day sitters because of the amount of coal and water she has to carry with her. I have always struggled to get a pic of her complete length, but after a lot of patience I was able to achieve it when they moved her from one line to another. I was fortunate enough to do a trip with her on the 6th of November 2010 and she was really amazing to watch in action. The beauty of the Garratt is that she can run equally well in either direction, so she was popular on the Reefsteamers open day trips that I took with her, unfortunately we were delayed on both occasions.

Class GMA 4-8-2+2-8-4 Wikipedia Page

Class GMA 4-8-2+2-8-4 Wikipedia Page

At the time of writing she was out of action as her wheels needed to be reprofiled, and it was hoped that one day she would amaze us all again. Sadly though, it is unlikely that I will ever see her again.

© DRW 2010-2018. Created 15/04/2015. table fixed 20/06/2016

Updated: 09/01/2018 — 19:45

Class 25NC -3472 “Elize”

“Elize” was the first steam locomotive I had been behind since 1981, and she is an impressive machine. Considered to be the “Cadillac” of South African steam locomotives she is fitted with a mechanical stoker, roller bearings and all the “mod cons” and is considered to be a “modern” locomotive. She was placed back into operation at Reefsteamers in 2006, and while very powerful and modern, is a bit too heavy on coal and water for day trips. She is however, a very impressive machine, and her sheer size alone make her worth seeing in action.

South African Class 25NC 4-8-4 Wikipedia page

Reefsteamers has a proper history of this locomotive and while I know they do not like using her for short tours they still enjoy watching her in action. Sadly worn tyres and flanges have temporarily grounded her, but she is sure to grace the iron road once of these days.

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Updated: 21/06/2018 — 19:51
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