News Archive

Historic ESKOM steam locomotives under threat.

Published and found at

The historic 1879 built KITSON was taken out of the yard in 2016, repainted and plinthed in the Rosherville complex and appears secure but the others make quite a woeful sight. The five locomotives still in the yard are all unique BARCLAY, 1907 built 2-4-0T originally Jersey Railway (Channel Islands) No.

5 and the only survivor of that railway – it came to SA in 1928 HUNSLET, 1902 built 2-6-0ST, the last survivor of a design originally built as Table Bay Harbour Board locomotives AVONSIDE, 1928 built 4-8-2T and the last survivor of the “Super Avonside” design meant as a competitor to the North British 4-8-2T design HENSCHEL, 1950 built 2-6-2T an unusual one-off ordered by ESKOM for coal traffic “BERLINER”, 1926 built 0-6-0T, originally Blinkpan Colliery The positive side of this story is that it elicited a positive response that clearly opens the door to partners coming in and assisting ESKOM to save these very historic locomotives from a decay into oblivion.

Read the full article