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Wallace (Wally) Arnold Oakes GC.

Wallace (Wally) Arnold Oakes (23/04/1932 – 12/06/1965), a traindriver with British Rail, was awarded the George Cross posthumously for his bravery on 5th June 1965. The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette published on 15 October 1965, Supplement: 43793, Page: … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Class 19D-2650 “Cheugnette”

lass 19D – 2650 “Cheugnette” is one of a batch built by the Friedland Krupp Works in Germany in 1938. She has a Vanderbilt Torpedo tender and 235 of these locomotives were built. She is operated by Friends of the … Continue reading

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Class 25NC -3472 “Elize”

Update 15 December 2019:  it was announced that the Board of Directors voted that Reefsteamers be placed into voluntary liquidation, with the depot closing on 16 December 2019. “Elize” was the first steam locomotive I had been behind since 1981, … Continue reading

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Class 15F – 3046 “Janine”

Update 15 December 2019:  it was announced that the Board of Directors voted that Reefsteamers be placed into voluntary liquidation, with the depot closing on 16 December 2019.  Class 15F 3046 was put back into steam in May 2010 after … Continue reading

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Live Steamers

Before I came to the UK I lived very close to the Rand Society of Model Engineers that meets at Len Rutter Park in Florida. I used to do a quick look around whenever I saw they were open and … Continue reading

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Class 12AR-1535 “Susan”

My favourite locomotive; Susan, was a regular on my daily trips to work when I was stationed at Germiston Telecomms Depot during 1985/86. She usually lived on a short spur at the end of the mainline platform and served as … Continue reading

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