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Welcome to Steam In Action

about-steam-in-actionSteam in Action was started some years ago in order to draw attention to the many difficulties steam preservation and steam tourism organisations have to deal with in South Africa. Our intervention resulted in a large number of locomotives being saved from the scrap heap. It has certainly been a much greater success than initially expected and it shows there are many people out there who are dedicated to ensuring that South Arica's magnificent rail and steam heritage survives into the future. Resulting from our strenuous efforts we were requested by the Heritage Rail Association of South Africa, the statutory umbrella body for the industry, to give them an opportunity to try and achieve results through negotiations with the authorities.  We agreed to this but more than two years later we are singularly unimpressed with the lack of results.  We have therefore decided to raise...

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Transnet Asset Disposal

22-08-2015 Hits:55 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Transnet Asset Disposal

There has been a long running consultation between Transnet Foundation and  the South African Heritage Resource Agency over the fate of the remaining steam locomotives in South Africa. Whilst those...

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A dark week for preservation

22-08-2015 Hits:55 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

A dark week for preservation

In a dispute unheard of in South African railway preservation, the representative body of the steam preservation operators, the Heritage Rail Association of Southern Africa (HRASA), took it upon themselves...

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SA Steam in Australia

18-08-2015 Hits:49 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

SA Steam in Australia

Click here for a look at 24 Class No. 3620 originally imported to New Zealand by Ian Welch and subsequently moved to Australia. The local modifications do not enhance 3620's...

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South African Stations

18-08-2015 Hits:39 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

South African Stations

You will remember our story on Alberton Station some weeks ago. Steam In Action is calling on enthusiasts to submit any stories/pictures of other South African stations that may be...

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The end of commercial steam haulage in South Africa

18-08-2015 Hits:65 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

The end of commercial steam haulage in South Africa

This week brought a milestone in steam operation in South Africa as the last commercial use of steam haulage ended at Sappi Saiccor in Umkomaas in Kwa Zulu Natal. With...

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The Atlantic Meyl Newsletter August 2015

14-08-2015 Hits:63 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

The Atlantic Meyl Newsletter August 2015

Click here to view the newsletter - PDF

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Class NGG16 No. 156 for Patons Country Narrow Gauge Railway

14-08-2015 Hits:136 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Class NGG16 No. 156 for Patons Country Narrow Gauge Railway

  At Keith Stevens' Howick workshop, work continues on the boiler of Class NGG16 No. 156 for Patons Country Narrow Gauge Railway, the last Garratt locomotive built in the world.     Ordered in...

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Reefsteamers Depot Report

14-08-2015 Hits:50 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Reefsteamers Depot Report

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Cullinan Line Rail Theft!

14-08-2015 Hits:51 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Cullinan Line Rail Theft!

Les Labuschagne reports from Friends of the Rail. Another issue we are having to deal with on the Cullinan branch! We have had several meetings with Transnet regarding security patrols on...

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Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

30-05-2014 Hits:1007 Friends of the Rail Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

Friends of the Rail will be holding an open day on 6th July 2014.  Details are as follows: Click here to view full details - 657KB PDF

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The Reefsteamers Depot Story

20-02-2014 Hits:1489 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

The Reefsteamers Depot Story

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, A few weeks ago, I was commissioned by George Hoddinott to produce an extensive presentation document with a special emphasis on the Reefsteamers Depot,...

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

21-01-2014 Hits:1447 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their January 2014 newsletter Click here to read more - 100A (365 kb) Click here to read more - 100B (471 kb)

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Transnet Heritage Developments

20-01-2014 Hits:1050 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet Heritage Developments

Transnet Heritage DevelopmentsTransnet Rail Museum Click here to read more (URL)

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

20-01-2014 Hits:780 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their October 2013 newsletter Click here to read more - 99A (286 kb) Click here to read more - 99B (286 kb)  

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Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives a…

14-10-2013 Hits:2966 Community News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives and Rolling Stock

Release One - 8th October 2013 A circular was recently released to all SIA members as follows: Dear Members, Transnet Foundation have released the attached lists of steam locomotives and coaches which they envisage...

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Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

16-09-2013 Hits:1379 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, SAR Steam Tours will be running a traditional long distance steam tour this year, from 16-26 November 2013. The locomotives and coaches will be provided...

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A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items

06-09-2013 Hits:1126 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items The Port Elizabeth Apple Express Click here to read more (324kb) Article supplied by Peter Burton

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Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

05-09-2013 Hits:1345 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

Demolishing of structure at De Hoek (Click here to read more - 715kb) De Hoek Demolition Plan (Click here to read more - 210kb) Your comments on the above would be greatly appreciated....

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