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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sandstone Steam Gala Saturday 31 March 2012

The last full day saw me in the morning down at the sheds.

Garratts slumbering after yesterday's exertions

Disappointingly, the Fowler 0-4-2T SANDY could not be steamed because of tube problems.
John Fowler SANDY

This miniscule locomotive could have been steamed but it wasn't. It was built in Durban as a 15 inch gauge locomotive in 1948 and was later converted to 2ft gauge.
Janes Brown 2-6-2 of 1948

Wilf Mole has a couple of private 2ft gauge vehicles for his own use including a dining car.

Inside Wilf Mole's 2ft gauge dining car.

A real gem is this 1930 Avonside bogie diesel locomotive built for canefield use.
Ellingham Estates 1930 bogie diesel

The two Lawley 4-4-0 locomotives were in use again. My favourite is the one in South African Railways guise as Class NG6.
Falcon Beira Railway 4-4-0 NG6 97

Because of the very heavy rain of the day before, the only satisfactory of getting photographs by road was in the "Casspir"  armoured troop carrier. It carried a good additional weight of caked mud by the end of the day.

The Andrew Barclay 0-4-2T was also out and about.
Barclay on train at Hoekfontein

John and John - taking a break from driving massive trains on Rio Tinto's Pilbara iron ore railway

After a hail storm, the Lawleys double-headed to Grootvraai. After we got out of the train to take photographs we had another hail storm.
Nice steam effects in the hail storm.

Sunshine again at Hoekfontein

Down at the sheds, the Hunslet Taylor diesel and steam locomotives being readied for tomorrow.

Among the many locomotives awaiting restoration in the storage shed is 136, the last NG15 built by Anglo-Franco-Belge.

I took the train for the customary afternoon circuit of the line with Garratt 153.

Watering at Vailima Siding

1 comment:

  1. Hi, is there a way of contacting you for more information on a loco? Thank you