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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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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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Plinthed Locomotives

There are quite a few plinthed locos in South Africa, but they are really an endangered species if the current rate of scrap metal theft is anything to go by. A number of people contributed to this page, and I … Continue reading

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Wardale modified Class 19D-2644

This locomotive, a 19D (2644) was modified by SAR Assistant Mechanical Engineer, David Wardale in 1979, and she was the precursor of the famous Class 26 “Red Devil“. Also known as “Spookie”, her days of service ended prematurely in 1984. … Continue reading

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Plinthed Loco’s (Outeniqua Transport Museum)

These photographs of the Outeniqua Transport Museum are courtesy of Ronnie Lovemore, and were taken in December 2008 and a number of changes have occurred since then.  The museum can be found at Google Earth co-ordinates  33° 57.777’S,  22° 28.415’E. … Continue reading

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Heidelberg Transport Museum

The Heidelberg Transport Museum is really a museum stuck in limbo. Its funds withdrawn many years ago, its major collection disposed of, there are only 5 vintage coaches and a steam engine left. It has been closed for a number … Continue reading

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