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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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South Africa’s last operable industrial steam loco saved for preservation

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South Africa’s last operable industrial steam loco saved for preservation

The North British Locomotive Preservation Group has successfully obtained 19D Saiccor No. 3 for preservation after making initial contact as long ago as 1990. Subject to its condition the loco may be made available to a local preservation group before being exported to its birthplace in Darlington, UK. You can read the full report below. NBL Preservation Group Press Release 3rd February 2016 British ‘Dolly’ to Return to the UK The NBL Preservation Group are delighted to announce that we have acquired the last working South African Railways 19D Class 4-8-2 at the...

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Transnet Disposal of Steam Locomotives

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The online auction of the first tranche of steam locomotives to be offered for disposal has been posted on the Go Dove online auction site - please have a look at the following link: http://international.go-dove.com/en/event-19448?utm_source=Eloqua&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=19448&ContactSeq=232542687&CampaignSeq=41676.   You will see that the lot catalogue is not yet available but I have attached the original listing from Transnet (with comments on each loco) prior to the auction being posted. Interested parties should keep in touch with the site for when the lot catalogue is available.   QUEENSTOWN LOCOMOTIVE DEPOT ASSET NUMBER CLASS LOCOMOTIVE NUMBER ESTIMATED WEIGHT OF LOCOMOTIVE KG TENDER NUMBER ESTIMATED WEIGHT...

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Reefsteamers Depot Report 109

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Reefsteamers Depot Report 109

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Transnet Locomotive Moves

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Transnet Locomotive Moves

News from John Middleton is that the following locomotives are in the process of being moved from Millsite to Bloemfontein. Our photographs from Lukas Nel show 1E E1, 4AR 1555 and 14R 1759 at Bloemfontein on the 30th January. 1 1247 3R 1474 4AR 1555 5B 723 5R 781 12A 2111 15A 1791 GE 2260 S1 375 1E E1 ES E511 Plus 14R 1759 moved in error by the haulage contractor! Not previously mentioned is that the 1964 built Plasser tamper (the first built in South Africa) has also...

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The Apple Express newsletter

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The Apple Express newsletter

It's good to see the Apple Express opening their information desk after a long period of secrecy. Much progress has been made at Humewood Road as their newsletter for January 2016 shows. Click here to view the newsletter - PDF

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Appeal from Friends of The Rail

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Appeal from Friends of The Rail

Pretoria based Friends of The Rail (FOTR) are constructing a new inspection pit at their Hermanstad Depot and urgently need the assistance of a qualified person to conduct a professional site survey and produce a site plan for their submission to Transnet. If there is anyone in the Johannesburg or Pretoria area that can assist please contact Steve Appleton on e: secretary@friendsoftherail.com. This is an extremely urgent matter because FOTR will soon not have the use of their existing pit at Capital Park due to the expansion of Rovos Rail in to...

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The Red Devil Returns!

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The Red Devil Returns!

The iconic Class 26 locomotive No. 3450 is scheduled for restoration and a return to service between Cape Town and Wolseley with the Ceres Railway Company. The work is to be done at TFR’s Salt River Workshops where 3450 was originally converted from 25NC to Class 26 in 1981. Although some of the original conversion has been removed over the years it will be a splendid sight to see 3450 take to the rails again. Dave Richardson’s photos show 3450 on the Trans Karoo on the 13th December 1991 at Belmont and...

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