Our chartered train rounds the oft photographed curve near the Zulu village of Mjila on the rugged and never completed Cape Natal line. At first glance Garratt locomotives look strange to America... (more)
Ex South African Railways Class 19D, No. 2669, is seen here busy running around her train at Donnybrook Station on one of her 2011 Aloe Festival Specials from Creighton early on a chilly winter mo... (more)
Our chartered mixed train rounds the oft photographed curve near the Zulu village of Mjila. A David Rogers special. My wife says the red flowers are called Red Hot Pokers, which sounds appropria... (more)
Traditional motive power and traditional Zulu dwellings. This is one of the last surviving members of a class of 160.
The Class GMAM was standard motive power on this mountain railway until the early 1970s. This was the last class of steam locomitives of the 3 foot 6 inch gauge that were delivered to the South A... (more)
Umgeni Steam Railways Class 19D on the long climb between Creighton and Donnybrook. The final batch of these locomotives were fitted with long Vanderbilt tenders to increase range between water s... (more)
Sizonke Stimela's preserved class 19D seen on the long climb between Creighton and Donnybrook. This was Garratt country in Steam Days. Next winter a photographers special, chartered by Geoff's T... (more)
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.
I think that the broadside view works best when a steam locomotive is working tender-first.
Steam in the Eternal Hills
A train conveying cyclists from Creighton to Donnybrook winds its way up the steep climb on a perfect winters morning.
Sizonke Stimela's newly restored GMAM represents the 160 members of her class. These were the standard articulated power on steeply graded lines in South Africa and weighed in at 187 tons in work... (more)
No 2380 hauls her mixed photo charter over the handsome dressed stone bridge below Sizanenjana en route to Donnybrook.
No 4074 approaches Donnybrook in the last rays of the setting sun.
GMAM Garratts always trailed a water tank. Two were sometimes used during water shortages. The low viewpoint emphasizes the bulk of this articulated monster of the 3 foot 6 inch guage.