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steam trains only
post em!


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I drove this


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De Bloem and 15F 3134 heads her train on an overcast day, towards Kroonstad..29th March 1972


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Steam still busy on the north line to Pietersburg. Grubby looking Capital Park 15F number 3119 rolls downgrade with her load through Pretoria North. The Fireman has his water bottle wrapped in sacking and dampened with water, to keep it cool. Some crews had the old canvas water bags they hung there or if you were lucky to borrow one from a passenger coach, you had a good 5 litres supply! 5 April 1972


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Eugene Armer took this at Bloemfontein back in March 1972 0f 15F 2931 named "BETHLEHEM" ready with full tender of coal, to come off shed and work her train. I think this loco ended up at Pietersburg in later years.


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Announcing Reefsteamers' Annual Open Day - 5th August 2017. Take one for the Steam and join in the fun during a Steam Punk-themed day on our train and at the ol' Steam Depot.


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NG15 No 124 (currently under restoration at Humewood sheds); NG15 No 122 (plinthed in Outeniqua Transport Musem, George); and NGG16 No 131 (restoration in waiting at the Humewood sheds).


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Damn, do I miss this girl.


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A South African Railways class 24 2-8-4, on the Molteno to Jamestown mixed, Eastern Cape, South Africa. 5th June 1981.


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National Railways of Zimbabwe 16th class, 4-6-4 + 4-6-4 Garratt
601, at Bulawayo Depot. 29th August 1985.


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A long time ago. The driver of 25NC 4-8-4, 3417, brakes for a stop, with the Bethlehem to Bloemfontein passenger train, between Ficksburg and Gumtree, Orange Free State, South Africa. 24th May 1979


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Ficksburg Station stop, Driver Leon Bender and the Guard, with the morning passenger, Bethlehem to Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa. 24th May 1979.


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2 Class 24 locos, as the numberplate below, take a train from Breyten to Lothair, Mpumalanga, South Africa. 3rd May 1983


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Hart work is paying of kyk hoe mooi lyk sy


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The inside


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>dammit Snail

Eee ticket aCSZhSTM


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Working steam trains … somewhere in the 80th


Snail has the good stuff.


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Having secured a cab ride in 25NC 3437, Eugene Armer got this classic photo of a crossing at Sleepdam, with a class 23. The sun is low and right in the eyes of the burly Fireman,as he holds the crossing tablet high, for the 25's crew to scoop up. At speed, this was a task that required a steady eye and coordination, to first throw off your trains tablet with a backward spinning motion, and then stoop low, clutching the loco handrail with one hand and the other bent in a horizontal position to collect the new tablet. The results often ended with the tablet holder giving a red welt on the bicep and a "klap" on the back of the head from it, if one was not agile enough!!


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Youngsters interested in technology can get to know the greatness of steam here. Known by the public as Garrats, the rail fraternity discerned between the models GMA and GMAM. It had another name in the rail fraternity as well. Immensely powerful, these articulated beasts were used, for instance, on the twists and bends between Worcester, Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.


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So it has roughly the same wheel setup as a Big Boy but the boiler does not look as big. I take it this was good for low speed pulling but could not sustain boiler pressure for high speed like the Big Boy?


>sustain boiler pressure for high speed
>like the Big Boy

The 4000 class was NOT free steaming, although it didn't keep the crews from burning out the crown sheets trying. It was originally designed as a banking engine, remember?


I did not know that. There are plenty of videos of them moving at hi speeds so I assumed that's what they were built for. Thanks for the info.


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Supposedly the Garratt class never caught on in North America because our loading gauge wasn't nearly as restrictive as the rest of the world. Apparently there IS one in the US though, some lunatic who owns a ranch built himself a 24" gauge railway and then imported a bunch of small engines he enjoyed visiting on his travels to Africa.


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Now resident at the Vale of Rheidol, NG G13 Garratt locomotive No. 60 " Drakensberg " was built in 1927 by Hannoversche Maschienbauag ( Hanomag) in consultation with South African

It was one of the first 5 of these articulated locomotives to run on South African Railways, Natal.


There's two and they're on a ranch in some bumblefuck town in Texas. A good friend of mine goes out there every so often and helps the guy rebuild them because they need some kind of restoration or rebuilding. I see progress pictures sneak out every so often.


I thought that was the norman operation of steam engines, essentially rebuilding the boiler every few years?


Sure, that's normal for operating locomotives but I don't know if these have ever operated stateside, thus it's likely the same rebuild stretched out over a really long time.



Every 1,472 days of operation, they've got to inspect and repair the entire boiler, yeah. Sometimes that involves replacing the whole thing, other times it's less intensive. So, tourist lines that operate their engines frequently have to rebuild every 4-5 years, but big mainline engines that only operate a few dozen days a year can go for nearly 15 years between Form 4 overhauls.


The FRA requires any steam locomotive running on an FRA governed railroad to have 31 day, 92 day, and annual inspections. These are a little less stringent and are for things like running gear, brake valves, and stay bolt caps. Before you put it in service for the first time AND after 1,472 steam days (any day the boiler is brought up to a certain pressure, I think 150 psi) or fifteen years (whichever comes first), you have to perform a complete teardown and inspection and rebuild of the locomotive. Here's a link from Cornell Law that lays out when inspections are required.



This only applies to stuff that falls under FRA regs. That meaning it is connected to the national network or is a tourist hauler on standard gauge or 3 ft gauge. I dont think isolated Zoo railroads or the Disneyland/world RR's count.

please let me know if I am wrong


You're entirely correct. That's why I said that's on FRA governed railroads.


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Just Nice


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72 years old - 15 F "Vreni" #3046 Reefsteamers


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The beautiful lady of the Reef Steamers in South Africa……running on a regular basis………….,"SUSAN"…thanks to all the club members of the Reef Steamers for the hard work done to keep steam "alive" in SA>


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EV Cooper at Aviemore


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The glint from the setting sun, the glow of the fire… good times! Friends of the Rail's class 24 2-8-4 3664 at Hermanstad, Pretoria, July 1st 2017


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The 'Red Devil' rides! On 11th June 1983, Class 26 4-8-4 3450 worked the Komatipoort passenger trains from Pretoria as far as Witbank, and return. If I remember correctly, the Railway Society of Southern Africa had two coaches attached to these trains for enthusiasts, behind the loco. On the return trip from Witbank to Pretoria, the winter sun catches 3450 racing along near Wilgerivier.


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Got this from the old 1chan some years back.


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Just spotted this Condenser over on /r/ in a thread on coal/water consumption.


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South African Railways (SAR) class 25 4-8-4 no.3479 with the 0745 Bloemfontein to Ladybrand passenger departing from Sanaspos in July 1979. With a full head of steam the loco will make easy work of the relatively light load. At Modderpoort the 25 class will be replaced by a 19D class 4-8-2 for the remainder of the train’s journey up the branch to Ladybrand.


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South African Railways (SAR) class 25 4-8-4 condenser 3514 departs with a heavy westbound freight from Perdeberg on the line from Bloemfontein to Kimberley in May 1976. This was one of the first condensers I saw and the whirring of the fan and lack of “chuffs” was a unique experience. Later in this trip I saw many more class 25 condensers on the line from Kimberley down to De Aar where they were still a common sight. Within a year a two they had but disappeared from service.


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South African Railways NGG13 Garratt no.60 shunts wagons of sugar cane at Killarney on the 27 mile 2 foot gauge branch from Umlaas Road to Mid Illovo. This line was an early casualty with closure in 1986. In June 1976 there were just two locos used on the line, no.60, seen in the picture, and no.59 which was dead at Umlaas Road loco shed.


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South African Railways 19D class 4-8-2 2682 heads the 0715 mixed train from Volksrust to Bethal. Seen in July 1979 about 16km from Volksrust, the heavy overnight frost has nearly cleared from the ground but it is still cold enough for a nice white exhaust trail. This line became one of my favourites with the reliable 19Ds performing very well on the varied gradients of this line.


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Also from /r/: A C62 on a Yūzuru night train. The Yūzuru service ran on the Jōban line between Ueno and Aomori, swapping locomotives at Sendai where a C61 locomotive took over the rest of the route, adding a C60 as pilot at Morioka. (Info extracted from various ja.wikipedia pages.)


John Wepener tells a story of a crafty old man who lived somewhere on the Kimberley, De Aar section and who cleverly utilised the locomotive crews’ continual habit of searching for anything interesting to kill time, to his personal advantage. He stretched a wire across his yard and fastened bottles and tins to hang from it. The crews of the passing trains did not let this chance for gaiety pass them by and they regularly tried to hit these objects from a moving locomotive. Their ammunition? Coal of course! And so this ingenious entrepreneur had a daily and constant supply of coal !


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When locomotive crew booked off at an outside depot, they sometimes asked that restroom attendant to cook their food for them. By the time then, that they have finished their shower or sleeping, their food was waiting for them, nicely fried or roasted. Then they could just draw a chair up to the table and enjoy a nice plate of food. Martin Smith remembers a certain guard, a very nice person, who also booked off with them at the Oudshoorn depot. However, before that guard could turn in to a well deserved rest in the room allocated to him, he first had to go to town. a Lovely and enticing smell of roasted porkchops wafting through the air greeted him on his return and at the sight of this heavenly browned dish, this hero fell before the rumblings of his stomach. Under the impression that it was a dish that the restroom attendant had prepared for one of the Mossel Bay drivers, who also booked off there, he made a quick and unseen getaway with the pieces of manna. At sunrise he woke up, refreshed and innerly boosted, to join his fellow mates at their train. He found his driver however, in a very foul mood. The latter was livid with rage. He uttered his powerless frustration in great disgust.
“Such scoundrels ! They don’t even allow you to go rest in peace then they devour your food !”
Those hot-tempered words slammed the guards mouth shut. What else could he do? For how was he to know that those chops belonged to his own driver? He kept quiet for a good reason as it wasn’t an appealing thought to be left behind in the veld.



LOL! I love these


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Late afternoon light , as a 15CA gets ready to depart Capital Park depot, for what was probably the last night working to Cullinan. I could be wrong but it is 9th May 1982. The shed is full of diesels where once steam stood proud. The few remaining steamers did not have long to go before the "Black September", when many services were cut and huge amounts of steam traction was withdrawn..


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August 6th 1973 and electrification is on the way for the Kroonstad Bloemfontein line. There was still a lot of traffic and many a load needed a banker from the Gunhill yard at Kroonsstad. Not the best photo I found, taken by American, Randy Scholl, but we see the tail end of 15F 3128 banking 15F 3054.



http://er24.info/tarlton-four-injured-train-vehicle-collide/ Four people sustained injuries ranging from moderate to severe after the vehicle they were traveling in collided with a train in Tarlton in Krugersdorp this afternoon.
When ER24 paramedics arrived on scene at 11H55, all of the occupants were out of the vehicle.
Upon closer inspection, paramedics found that the occupants sustained injuries ranging from moderate to serious.
The ER24 Oneplan helicopter transported a woman to Lenmed Randfontein for further medical care.
The other patients were transported by ER24 and another medical service on scene to nearby hospitals for further medical care.
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident weren’t clear to our paramedics but Metrorail and the SAPS were on scene for further investigations.

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