Typical of steam operations, which ended in 1978, one of the 19Ds then stationed at Bloemfontein Shed hauls her mixed train from Seventh Reverse. Eighth reverse is situated behind the hill on the ... (more)
Southbound steam trains were regularly banked up the Loodsberg Pass. A helper engine was stationed at Jagpoort, a station and watering point. The helper would be detached at the summit and would... (more)
This Steam and Safaris Charter train has just completed the climb from Tierkranz via 8th and 7th Reverses. 8th Reverse is clearly seen in the middle distance on the right. The line was closed in... (more)
One of the Class 19Ds stationed at Bloemfontein, does an accurate re-enactment of steam operations on this remote branch line. Regular steam operations ended in 1978.
Baldwin 4-8-2 Mountain, built in 1926 for the Frisco. Engine was restored between 1985 and 1988 and operated in excursion service until September 2002. One of the reasons I came out to the MOT w... (more)
Reefsteamers Class 15F is seen nearing Slabbers Station a few minutes before sunrise.
Friends of the Rail's class 19D climbs towards Van der Merwe Siding and Rayton. This is the last section of main line in South Africa that sees frequent steam working. In the 1970s Panpoort was ... (more)
Lit by the headlights of my Subaru Forester, Reefsteamers is readied for the departure of the annual
Cherry Festival Train. The time was 2.54am.
On the final day of the 2011 Aloe festival, a train conveying cyclists to Donnybrook winds its way through the spectacular scenary in the foothills of the Drakaneberg.
Reefsteamers Alco-built Class 15CA pilots Class 15F No 3016 up the valley between Fouriesburg Station and Meynell Siding.
Built in 1915 the last remaining Class 12AR is currently having 8 boiler tubes replaced. She will then return to her duties as the mainstay of the Reefsteamers fleet of steam locomotives. This w... (more)
One of the early batch of the standard mixed traffic main line steam locomotives of the South African Railways departs from Koornburg with a mixed train bound for Malmesbury.
Trailing a steam plume almost as long as the train, No 3016 pilots Class 25NC 4-8-4 No 3472. The train was operated by Reefsteamers and charted by Steam Loco Safaris.
Taken in the East Altoona pit with a PRR Police escort