South African Railways (SAR) class 19D no.2644 "Irene" and class 26 no.3450 "L D Porta" head an eastbound freight from Kimberley to Bloemfontein over the Modder River just east of Perdeberg on 22nd May 1982. These two "experimental" developments gave a glimmer of hope for steam traction with their increased efficiency and tractive effort. Sadly, this was just a dream. More images at www.world-railways.co.uk
Thanks for all your pics of the old SA steam.
I see some of the Western Cape pictures and you could swear it was somewhere in NZ.
Sorry I meant Northwest Russia.
I also filmed it (no idea how to embed here)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgbBMKT-BjU
It could also be this one, Эр786-19, built in 1950.
Good thing they get them running, you can see the state this locomotive have been in just a year ago: https://trainpix.org/photo/149972/
I don't normally care for your Russian trains at all, but that's actually REALLY cool to see an engine like that still running.
>>5401> All hail the not-free market!
Wait, what? Do you know how costly it is to operate steam locos in small numbers? This is completely a heritage fleet to cover touristic trains and thematic events like veteran trains and locomotive parades, sometimes renting the engines for filmmakers.
Steam engines at the light freight work or shunting are usually just to prevent them and the personnel from being too underemployed.
So what's wrong with my statement? I meant profits from touristic trains clearly can't cover all costs.
Here's the operator, btwhttp://zd-rs.ru
Nothing, I was thinking of another thing apparently.
Still not sure if they really can't cover all costs just with tours and filmmakers or the actual train work is here just to squeeze more money. If first, clearly there have to be some subsidies from RZD or some state institution. I doubt it all can recoup the cost of rebuilding each of these engines basically from just a frame.