Built in 1911, this NG4 class Pacific tank is one of the first seven narrow gauge (2' gauge) locomotives built for South Africa. Recently overhauled, today is its first run and it leaks a bit in ... (more)
The women in this village have to walk a half mile to obtain water for washing and cooking. These two ladies and their children oblige the photo line by pausing while a two foot gauge NGG16 Garra... (more)
To maintain a 2% maximum grade the Bethlehem line is a constant series of S curves. A double header, lead by 15F 3016 works hard into yet another curve before Sterkfontein, on the climb to Slabbe... (more)
How often do you get to see three mainline steam locomotives at one time? A 25NC 4-8-4 has just taken water and two 4-8-2's are heading to the other end of the yard to pick up their train.
The aloes are in bloom as 19D No. 2669 heads up the Ngwangwane Gorge towards Riverside on the never completed Durban to Capetown main line.
The rolling hills of Natal posed a challenge to the railroad builders in South Africa. GF Garratt 2380 works hard climbing the 3% grade (1 in 33) between Arnold's Hill and Baynesfield with a shor... (more)
Class 25NC 3472 hustles a freight train past the butte at Sekonyela in blazing glint lighting.
While the large GMA Garratt's worked the main lines in Natal, the branch lines were served by the smaller GF class Garratt. No. 2380 climbs out of the sugar cane fields just before Arnold's Hill.
Until the end of steam in 1987, 25NC's handled both freight and passenger trains on the Bethlehem line. No. 3472 climbs away from Slabberts with a train load of coal, water and liquid fertilizer ... (more)
Before the 25NC's took over, 15CA 4-8-2's ruled the Bethlehem line. ALCO built No. 2056 turns back the clock nearly 50 years as it climbs away from Slabberts.
In the still morning air, the steam trail hangs above the rails as a 25NC climbs away from Fouriesburg with this recreation of the Bloemfontein to Bethlehem overnight passenger.
On a cold, clear morning in Natal, a GMAM Garratt climbs towards Donnybrook with a mixed train, heading for Pietermaritzburg.
Cold mornings make for great steam effects, but sometimes you get almost too much! Class 19D 4-8-2 No. 2669 climbs into the sun on a cold, misty morning.
Two of South Africa's best at full throttle, powering up the steep climb toward Sheridan, with the grain silos of Fouriesburg in the distance.
The Sandstone Estates Steam Railway is a private railway on a large farm near Ficksburg. The equipment is mostly from former SAR 2 foot gauge lines. Mikado No 17 was last used on the Avontuur li... (more)