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Photo ID: 561915

An afternoon of heavy overcast with dust storms and even some rain (in a region ravaged by severe drought), finally saw the sun dropping below the clouds shortly before sunset and just in time to ... (more)

Railroad: Shosholoza Meyl
Locomotive: Class 18E
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 18 405 & 18 429
Train ID: Phelophepa
Photo Date: November 13, 2015


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jan 13, 2016

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Photo ID: 490127

After a change in direction at Hennenman on the Free State main line, as well as a switch from diesel to electric traction, Transnet's Phelophepa 1 health care train is seen crossing the Sand Rive... (more)

Railroad: Transnet Freight Rail
Locomotive: Class 6E1
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: E1520
Train ID: Phelophepa 1
Photo Date: June 07, 2014


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jul 18, 2014

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Photo ID: 486154

Running about six hours late, Shosholoza Meyl's "Algoa" from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg is crossing the Sand River between Virginia and Hennenman, on the Free State main line. This w... (more)

Railroad: Shosholoza Meyl
Locomotive: Class 18E
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Algoa
Photo Date: June 07, 2014


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jun 18, 2014

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Photo ID: 441713

The sun has already set on another cloudless winter day in the Free State, as Sheltam's #1202 (ex- SAR 31-001) running long hood forward, hauls its train of empty hoppers from Harmony Gold's Centr... (more)

Railroad: Harmony Gold Mine
Locomotive: GE U12B (1958) (ex- SAR class 31)
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 1202 (ex-SAR 31-001)
Train ID: Harmony Gold
Photo Date: June 04, 2013


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jun 30, 2013

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Photo ID: 441711

The late afternoon light catches Sheltam's #1202 (ex- SAR class 31-001) unloading waste from Harmony Gold's Masimong 4 shaft at Central Plant. Sheltam operates the eastern end of the Harmony Gold ... (more)

Railroad: Harmony Gold Mine
Locomotive: GE U12B (1958) (ex- SAR class 31)
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 1202 (ex-SAR 31-001)
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 04, 2013


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jun 30, 2013

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Photo ID: 441474

Sheltam's ex- SAR class 31 #1202 climbs the grade away from Harmony Gold's Central Plant with its train of empty hoppers, returning to Masimong 4 shaft to collect another load of waste for process... (more)

Railroad: Harmony Gold Mine
Locomotive: GE U12B (1958) (ex- SAR class 31)
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 1202 (ex-SAR 31-001)
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 04, 2013


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jun 28, 2013

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Photo ID: 441472

The first General Electric diesel-electric locomotives ordered by the South African Railways (SAR) were the class 31 (GE U12B), imported from the USA and placed in service in 1958. All have been w... (more)

Railroad: Harmony Gold Mine
Locomotive: GE U12B (1958)
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 1201
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 04, 2013


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jun 28, 2013

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Photo ID: 441179

The first General Electric diesel-electric locomotives ordered by the South African Railways (SAR) were the class 31 (GE U12B), imported from the USA and placed in service in 1958. All have been w... (more)

Railroad: Harmony Gold Mine
Locomotive: GE U12B (1958)
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 1202
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 04, 2013


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jun 25, 2013

Views: 1,817
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Photo ID: 386634

After a few hours sleep, I left home at 02:45 and drove 300 km (186 miles) to arrive at this location just before the sun began to rise over the river. There was no sign of any trains on this doub... (more)

Railroad: Transnet Freight Rail
Locomotive: Class 6E1
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: E1432, E1302
Train ID: 47014 Amatola
Photo Date: January 07, 2012


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Added: Jan 12, 2012

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Photo ID: 365679

Fifty three years after being delivered to the South African Railways from the USA, this class 31 Bo-Bo (GE U12B) survives in service with Sheltam, but rebuilt with a low short hood. Previously Sh... (more)

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: ex- SAR Class 31 (GE U12B)
Location: Virginia, Free State province, South Africa
Locomotive #: Sheltam # 1202
Train ID: ex- SAR 31-001
Photo Date: May 21, 2011


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jun 10, 2011

Views: 1,990
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Photo ID: 341205

Not much is known about this little GE 40-tonner, except that it once operated at Eskom's Arnot Power Station in Mpumalanga. It is currently based at Sheltam's Saaiplaas depot in Virginia.

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: GE 40-tonner
Location: Virginia, Free State Province, South Africa
Locomotive #: Sheltam # 0601
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 11, 2010


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Oct 13, 2010

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Photo ID: 340515

On a quiet Saturday afternoon Sheltam no.4 sits waiting for its next assignment on the Harmony Gold system. Until recently, this loco was based at Randfontein, working on the Rand Uranium system.

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: ex- SAR Class 34-200 (EMD GT26MC)
Location: Virginia, Free State Province, South Africa
Locomotive #: Sheltam # 4
Train ID: ex-SAR 34-221
Photo Date: September 11, 2010


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Added: Oct 08, 2010

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Photo ID: 340514

Fifty two years after being delivered to the South African Railways from the USA, the first of the class 31 Bo-Bo's (GE U12B) survives in service with Sheltam, but rebuilt with a low short hood. N... (more)

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: ex-SAR Class 31 (GE U12B)
Location: Virginia, Free State Province, South Africa
Locomotive #: Sheltam # 22
Train ID: ex-SAR 31-001
Photo Date: September 11, 2010


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Added: Oct 08, 2010

Views: 3,136
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Photo ID: 333126

At the end of their shift, the crew of 2013 leave their locomotive to make their way home. Introduced to service in South West Africa (now Namibia) in 1966, this former SAR class 32-200 survives i... (more)

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: GE U20C1 (1966)
Location: Virginia, Free State Province, South Africa
Locomotive #: Sheltam # 2013
Train ID: Sheltam
Photo Date: July 20, 2010


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Added: Jul 30, 2010

Views: 3,249
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Photo ID: 330915

In the early 1960's, the South African Railways dieselised the railway system in South West Africa (now Namibia), with 115 class 32's (U18C1) imported from GE in the USA. Special bogies were fitte... (more)

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: GE U20C1 (1966)
Location: Virginia, Free State Province, South Africa
Locomotive #: Sheltam # 2013 (ex- SAR 32-203)
Train ID: Sheltam
Photo Date: July 03, 2010


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Jul 09, 2010

Views: 5,463
Comments: 1

Favorited: 19
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