In steam days all trains on the Kimberley - De Aar main line stopped at Orange River for water and fire cleaning. Here a sorry looking class 25 condenser resumes its journey to De Aar.
A 15F and an S1 0-8-0 shunter sit by the coaling stage.
12A 1547 heads the "Sunset Limited" railtour.
15F 3056 heads the 1400 Bethlehem-Ficksburg goods.
19D 2768 heads the 06.45 Maclear - Sterkstroom passenger service. This branch line was abandoned in 2001.
A goods hauled by an unidentified 19C approaches Cape Town docks.
25NC 3445 "City of East London".
15F 2943 heading the 07.45 Bloemfontein - Ladybrand passenger service meets classmate 2958 with a goods.
Class 23 3236 rests at Bloemfontein shed. At this time these handsome class 23s monopolised the mainline between Bloemfontein and Kroonstad.
With not long to go before conversion to a 25NC, class 25 condenser 3476 rests between duties.
25NC 3419 climbs away from the horseshoe curve east of Slabberts with the 22.00 Bloemfontein - Bethlehem passenger service.
Class 24 2-8-4 3617 + 19D 4-8-2 3335 head the "Sunset Limited" railtour somewhere near Lootsberg.
In the rapidly fading evening light, 25NCs 3461 and 3424 speed southwards with a Kimberley - De Aar goods.
An unidentified 15AR heads the 10.30 Uitenhage - Port Elizabeth suburban service.
All but 3 of the 90 class 25 condensers were rebuilt as conventional locos between 1973 and 1980, and reclassified as 25NC. This is the result.