Grahamstown Eastern Cape South Africa 26th May 1982
Grahamstown station on the line from Port Alfred on the coast was very quiet on the day of my visit. The only activity was South African Railways 19D 2759 RSH 1945) simmering away light engine. The engine shed was on the curve off the end of the platform in the distance and another 19D can just be made out in the yard. It's even quieter today - trains don't run from the station anymore.
Bathurst Eastern Cape South Africa 26th May 1982
We were driving between Port Alfred and Grahamstown when we were overtaken by a train hauled by this South African Railways 19D 4-8-2 2763 built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns (RSH) of Darlington in 1945. My luck was in because it stopped at Bathurst station and spent quite a while shunting wagons on its mixed passenger/goods train so this allowed me to grab a few shots before it carried on to Grahamstown. The Class 19D was the most numerous South African branch line locomotive and two…
Beaconsfield Kimberley Northern Cape South Africa 2nd June 1982
Unfortunately out of service due to a broken steam pipe the unique Class 26 4-8-4 3450 L. D. Porta, popularly known as the Red Devil due to her red livery, was deep inside Beaconsfield shed. Built by Henschel of Kassel as a Class 25NC in 1953 it was rebuilt in 1980 by South African Railways' Salt River Works in Capetown to incorporate the most modern developments in steam traction based on the principles of Argentinian engineer L. D. Porta. Wikipedia tells me: the rebuild objectives were to…
Knysna South Africa 27th May 1982
A SAR Class 24 2-8-4 heads a mixed freight over the causeway on Knysna Lagoon. After SAR had withdrawn regular steam-hauled trains over the George-Knysna branch a tourist train ran for many years but sadly that ceased in 2010. The lagoon links with the Indian Ocean through the gap in the hills known as The Heads.