764 431 was due to be fired for a line-up of three locomotives. Because of the low temperatures overnight the feeding valves were frozen and needed to be defrosted. With some bu... (more)
Frozen Wash with Icicles
It was below the freezing point and snowing, as 764 423 with our afternoon charter train passed a yard where they tried to dry the wash ...
As the steam train left the yard, the horse became nervous ...
The graveyard peace is interrupted by 14A 519 which is heading towards the coaling tower. Many of the dumped Garratts were serviceable as they dropped their fire for... (more)
Garratt in the Gradient
Between Sambawizi and Zanguja the line from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls is in a constant grade which requires much work from the firemen. He just fed the fire ... (more)
The area around Zanguja offers some very nice scenery and a steep gradient. From this location someone could look as far as Hwange. Meeting wild animals id more likely h... (more)
Just before the sun disappeared behind a hill 15A 414 thunders through the horseshoe curve beyond Sambawizi and rocks the ballast under the glinting rails.
Trashing in the morning light
Our loco driver gave the loco a free run just after it left the longest passenger station in Africa, Bulawayo. In the picture the mixed train approached... (more)
The Hwange Colliery has one loco from NRZ on lease. For most of 2018 the loco was "under repair" - actually they did nothing, just using a diesel from the state ... (more)
Through the Wilderness
The hilly landscape around Hwange (formerly Wankie) allows some nice pictures of the African wilderness. Actually it's not as wild as you may think: the air in... (more)
Glinting Passenger Train
15A 414 runs into the setting sun towards Victoria Falls, just negotiated the long gradient north of Dibangombie.
After a repair 14A 519 comes back to life. In the P15 shop of the steam shed in Bulawayo, the second largest city of Zimbabwe, are several locomotives which awaiting repair, some of them for sever... (more)
The famous curve on the gradient beyond Thomson Junction is negotiated by 15A 414, the only working NRZ Garratt of its class just after the shades of African Bush... (more)
Victoria Falls Bridge
A close up from 15A 414 on THE bridge shortly after sunrise.
Victoria Falls Bridge
THE bridge in its full glory short before sunset. 15A 414 made it last run for the FarRail Tours group in 2018 before it returns to the Hwange Colliery.