Once the regular motive power on this line, one of the last working Garratt locomotives in South Africa is lit by the last of the South African sun. This tour was plagued by serious operational p... (more)
Tender-first working was typical for Garratt locomotives on mountainous lines in South Africa.
The GMAM was the usual motive power on the line until the end of Steam in the early 1970s.
One tends to pick their path very carefully when walking to a photo spot here. The Cape Natal line into and out of Creighton was a wonderful venue for charters with this engine, but sadly Transne... (more)
SAR 19D #2669 is ready for departure in the Creighton station.
Ingew Municipalities Class 19D works a short passenger train towards Riverside. The aloes, for which this area is famous have just started to bloom.
Recently restored to working order, this example of the 119 GMAM garratts that worked on the SAR shows her huge boiler, articulated with two engine units, both with rods down. The engine weighs 1... (more)
At first light, the 19D moves around the Creighton station in readiness for the days activity, which will involve working a photo charter to Riverside for Geoff Cooke's tour group.
The mighty GMAM Garratt climbs to Donnybrook, seen amongst the native flora. Part of Geoff Cooke's 2010 steam tour.
After a delay waiting for a Transnet conductor driver to arrive, the 19D finally departs against the light with the first 4 vehicles of the Sisonke Stimela train, forming Geoff Cooke's photo chart... (more)
On a frosty morning at dawn, the 19D pumps atmosphere as it shunts the water carrier wagon into position prior to Geoff Cooke's photo charter to Riverside.
As the sun rises, the Sisonke Stimela operation's 19D moves around the Creighton station area shunting the water carriers into position in readiness for the morning run to Riverside with Geoff Coo... (more)
Part of Geoff Cooke's 2010 tour involved running GMAM 4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt to Donnybrook with a mixed train consist, here performing a 'false start' at Creighton.
A runby with 4 coaches from the Sisonke Stimela hotel train. Part of Geoff Cooke's 2010 tour comprising mainly British railfans.
GMAM 4074 approaches Riverside during the Geoff Cooke tour