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West Coast Branch Lines
Photos taken on the branch lines from Kraaifontein to Saldanha and Kraaifontein to Piketberg and further north.
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Photo ID: 314432

The 13:50 Saturdays only Metrorail train from Cape Town trundles down the grade from Fisantkraal to its next stop at Mellish. This is wheat growing country and the first signs of new green shoots ... (more)

Railroad: Transnet Freight Rail
Locomotive: Class 35-400 (GE U15C)
Location: Fisantkraal, Western Cape province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35-435
Train ID: Metrorail 2661
Photo Date: February 06, 2010


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Feb 16, 2010

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Photo ID: 314427

One of the few diesel-hauled Metrorail services operates between Cape Town and Malmesbury. The 13:50 Saturdays only train from Cape Town is seen leaving Fisantkraal, heading towards Klipheuwel. Th... (more)

Railroad: Transnet Freight Rail
Locomotive: Class 35-400 (GE U15C)
Location: Fisantkraal, Western Cape province, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35-435
Train ID: Metrorail 2661
Photo Date: February 06, 2010


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By: Eugene Armer

Added: Feb 16, 2010

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Photo ID: 275029

35 066 leaves Kalbaskraal with this unique Metro. There are only a few Metro's hauled by Diesel in South Africa. Once the the train branches off at Kraaifontain, their is no electrical power.

Railroad: South African Railways
Locomotive: Class 35
Location: Malmesbury, South Africa
Locomotive #: 066
Train ID: 35 066
Photo Date: January 24, 2009


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By: Stefan Andrzejewski

Added: Mar 09, 2009

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Photo ID: 238553

The crew of 35012 uses a natural way to cool the cab down as it was quite a hot day.

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: CLASS 35-000 TYPE GE U15C
Location: Saldanha, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35012
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 30, 2007


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By: Fanie Kleynhans

Added: Jun 07, 2008

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Photo ID: 193467

(3 of 3) The tractor is stopped, but the wagon is still rolling, so some serious sprinting is needed to get to the brake wheel before she goes too far.

Railroad: Private
Locomotive: Fiat 850 Tractor
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: CEA 4137
Train ID: 81067968 FZJ-9
Photo Date: July 12, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jul 13, 2007

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Photo ID: 193464

(2 of 3) The loaded grain wagons are heavy, so instead of using a chain to pull strings of them, the tractor pushes them out of the way one by one after loading.

Railroad: Private
Locomotive: Fiat 850 Tractor
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: CEA 4137
Train ID: 81067968 FZJ-9
Photo Date: July 12, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jul 13, 2007

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Photo ID: 193457

(1 of 3) A tractor, chained to the first wagon, is used to pull short strings of grain wagons in position under the loading chutes of the grain silos at Moorreesburg Station.

Railroad: Private
Locomotive: Fiat 850 Tractor
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: CEA 4137
Train ID: 81024096 FZLJ-7
Photo Date: July 12, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jul 13, 2007

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Photo ID: 193374

Finally back on track, 35-027, 35-408 and 35-403 await the verdict on their fate: To Bloemfontein for repairs, or (shudder....) the scrapper's torches....

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: Class 35-000
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35-027
Train ID: GE U15C 38187/1972-73
Photo Date: July 12, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jul 12, 2007

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Photo ID: 190118

Six days after the 7 June derailment, conditions have finally dried up enough for the wreck crews to get new track laid down. The four locomotives are still lying where they fell.

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: Class 35-000
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35-027
Train ID: GE U15C 38187/1972-73
Photo Date: June 13, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jun 13, 2007

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Photo ID: 190117

Six days after the 7 June derailment, conditions have finally dried up enough for the wreck crews to get new track laid down. By day seven trains should be running again and wreck removal can pro... (more)

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: Class 35-000
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35-027
Train ID: GE U15C 38187/1972-73
Photo Date: June 13, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jun 13, 2007

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Photo ID: 189946

In April 2004 I had the privilege of a cab ride across Sir Lowry's Pass in 35-408. Not much room left in that cab now after 35-403 ploughed into it during the accident on 7 June 2007. The accident... (more)

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: Class 35-400
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35-403
Train ID: Dorbyl GE U15C 40522/1976
Photo Date: June 09, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jun 11, 2007

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Photo ID: 189945

On 7 June 2007 a Piketberg bound coal train derailed at Biesiesfontein farm just north of Moorreesburg after floods caused the roadbed to subside. All five crew members were injured, the driver's ... (more)

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: Class 35-000
Location: Moorreesburg, Western Cape, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35-027
Train ID: GE U15C 38187/1972-73
Photo Date: June 09, 2007


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By: Col André Kritzinger

Added: Jun 11, 2007

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Photo ID: 187704

35063 rolling past down the grade towards Kraaifontein station with a friendly wave from the driver's assistant.

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: CLASS 35-000 TYPE GE U15C
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35063
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 18, 2007


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By: Fanie Kleynhans

Added: May 19, 2007

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Photo ID: 183525

A pan shot of a cement wagon heading north past Kraaifontein station. These wagons are either like this with the middle part low or with the middle part higher than the ends.

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: XBJ 18-033962
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Locomotive #: XBJ 18-033962
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 30, 2006


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By: Fanie Kleynhans

Added: Apr 12, 2007

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Photo ID: 175541

A Metro commuter train heading towards Malmesbury in the late afternoon sun.

Railroad: Spoornet
Locomotive: CLASS 35-000 TYPE GE U15C
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Locomotive #: 35003
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January 23, 2007


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By: Fanie Kleynhans

Added: Feb 15, 2007

Views: 2,313
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