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
I have to admit that this World War 1 Memorial in Robertville/Stormill on the West Rand came as a surprise. For starters there is nothing written about this Memorial, it came totally out of the blue.
Given its location and proximity to old mining areas it is related to one of the mines that was around in the early 1900’s. Situated just off Main Reef Road next to Stormill, it has now become more of a derelict structure than an important part of history. Special thanks must go to Terry Cawood who notified me about it, and Giel Nel who took the first pics. For want of a better name I originally designated it as Robertville War Memorial, although the memorial is in the former property of CMR making it the CMR War Memorial.
I took my images on 31 August 2011 and I was notified in November 2012 that the memorial had been removed. Whether it was reclaimed by its owners, or stolen I cannot say, but sadly it can now be classified as extinct. The only markings on it were:
A Remembrance to all who served in the Great War
Erected as a token of respect & esteem to those who who fell in the Great War
Erected by their fellow employees, erected 05 December 1920
The Memorial was located at Google Earth Co-ordinates 26° 12.004’S, 27° 56.436’E, and its current whereabouts are unknown.
© DRW 2011-2018. Created 31/08/2011. Updated 12/11/2012. Moved to blog 07/02/2014
This really pretty memorial can be found next to the roadhouse on the corner of Randfontein and Main Reef Roads, Surprisingly the components of the memorial are all in a reasonably good condition, and it is fenced off and the attendants at the garage next door seem to keep a good eye on it.
The plinthed military hardware includes an SAAF Impala, a Universal Carrier, and 4 different artillery pieces. My images were taken on two separate occasions in 2009. Roll of Honour Plaques available on request. GPS co-ordinates: 26 degrees 09′ 01.03″ S , 27 degrees 43′ 27.7″ E.
© DRW 2009 – 2018. Created 16/05/2009. With thanks to Leon Engelbrecht. Moved to blog 06/02/2014.
I was not even aware of the Maraisburg War Memorial, but found it on old years eve of 2009. Its situated in an open park bordered by 9th Street and 8th Avenue in Maraisburg, It commemorates men lost during WW1 and WW2.
The images reflect the memorial as I saw it in 2011 and not 2009, it had been recently repainted and patched and was looking very clean and well tended except for the graffiti.
It is possible these names are duplicated on some of the other war memorials on the West Rand. This memorial may be found on Google Earth at 26°10’52.98″S, 27°56’20.16″E.
© DRW 2009-2018. Created 01/01/2010. Updated 02/08/2011. Moved to blog 25/01/2014
I was totally unaware of this memorial until I received an email from Ryno, who said that he had seen it while playing rugby at the school. I was quite surprised myself but had to wait till school re-opened before being able to photograph it. Unfortunately it also decided to rain during my visit so invariably I will have to go back one of these days for better pics (I am afraid that never happened). Special thanks to Hoërskool Roodepoort for giving me permission to photograph the memorial. There are 6 names of past pupils on the memorial. It was designed and erected by Gerhard Kotze. November 1992
CO. C.J. Joubert 13-07-1966 (SAAF)
Cpl. D. Van Niekerk 07-03-1985 (SACMP)
Capt. C.L. Smith 21-08-1973 (SAAF)
L/Cpl W.A. Van Wyk 27-06-1988 (10 Armrd Car Sqdn)
Cpl. R.S. Gibbon 19-06-1976 (1SSB)
2Lt. H. Stapelberg 31-07-198 (116 Battalion)
© DRW 2012-2018. Created 27/01/2012. Moved to blog 22/01/2014
These photographs were taken in the grounds of the Dardenelles Moth Hall in Swan Avenue, Florida, during November 2008 and March 2012.
Dardenelles MOTH Shellhole Cenotaph
The shellhole also has a good collection of plinthed military hardware, including a Crusader tank and a number of artillery pieces.
This memorial may be found on Google Earth at 26°10’40.10″S, 27°54’36.51″E.
© DRW 2007-2018. Edited 15/08/2011. Moved to blog 19/01/2014