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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday 2 September Lautoka reconnaissance

Our first sighting was of the new Ontrak rebuild BRANDY (number 24) that was preparing to do a short run up to the north.

It was helped to assemble its train by the empty yard Simplex.

The mill’s second Ontrak loco was to go out with a gang to recover derailed trucks from the south.

At the full yard we found the remains of one of the Free Train carriages.

Number 23 Howie rescuing a derailed truck at Natova.

The line was blocked just south of the airport by this.

We went down to Cuvu and visited the Coral Coast Railway station. This is their 10-ton Simplex.

 We also went to the now disused depot at Cuvu. Yes, that is the sea in the background.

The remains of the Sigatoka bridge (road section on the left). The girders have been taken to repair other rail bridges damaged in the floods this year.

 Savusavu depot as we headed back north.

The newly repaired bridge at Navo.

Mesake Tabuacini, the proud driver of number 14.

Number 12 shunting on the Nadi Back Road as the sun sets.













  1. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY DAD! Looks like you are having a wonderful trip. Travel safe and we will catch up when you get home. T

  2. Hello! I hope you had a lovely Fathers Day. We were thinking of you. I am just catching up on your blog. Must ask: Baldwin and Clyde locos are presumably named after people. Who and why? And what about Simplex? Where does that name come from? E