RailPictures.Net Photo: Class 26 #3450 South African Railways Steam 4-8-4 at Kimberley, South Africa by Daniel SIMON
 
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South African Railways (more..)
Steam 4-8-4 (more..)
Beaconsfield shed (more..)
Kimberley, South Africa (more..)
November, 1983
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
Class 26 #3450 (more..)
Unknown (more..)
Daniel SIMON (more..)
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The SAR class 26 number 3450 is better known as "The Red Devil" because of its bright red paint job. This 4-8-4 showed that 1950's steam had by no mean reached the limits of performance. It was developed from an existing Henschel class 25NC 4-8-4 by David Wardale of England along the principles advocated by L. D. Porta. This locomotive demonstrated an improved overall performance with decreased coal and water consumption. Unfortunately, the project never came to an end. The locomotive is captured here at the Beaconsfield shed in Kimberley. Back in 1983, the engine was still in daily use. It has recently been overhauled to haul steam charters.
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