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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PORT ELIZABETH APPLE EXPRESS
Postnet Suite 124, Private Bag 13130, Humewood, Port
The late afternoon sun reflects off the side of NG15 no.
119 as she heads home, winding her way through the
suburbs of Port Elizabeth after a day out in the
With a steam locomotive now being a regular sight on
the narrow gauge line, local support for the train seems
to be increasing. Previously when diesel was the main
hauling power for the train, an average of two or three
trips per month was the norm. For September and October
there are ten trips scheduled. So it seems that steam
power still draws the crowds.
All the old, rusted boiler
tubes have been removed from NG 15 No. 124. An
inspection of the inside walls of the boiler has
revealed that the boiler is in pretty good condition
with no sign of rust pitting on the inside walls.
Working on Loco No.124’s tender with a heap of her
old boiler tubes lying nearby
The orders have gone out to the workshop crew that
Locomotive No.124 has to be finished and running for the
December holiday rush. Extra staff have been recruited
and there is also talk of getting some of the railway
workshop staff at the George steam depot to come and
help. So if all goes well we could see, for the first
time in many years, two working steam locomotives
operating out of Port Elizabeth.
No. 124 in
the workshop. Note the cut away sections of the fire box
that will be repaired with new metal.
Working on the boiler end plate in the firebox of
The rebuilding of passenger coach No.82 is
progressing well. Piet is working hard on this
project which has to be shared with the regular
maintenance work that also has to be done on the
rest of the coaching fleet.
Coach No. 82 taking shape
THE TRIALS OF A LITTLE USED LINE
The problem of a railway line that is seldom used is
that vandals find all the metal very appealing for
lifting and selling to scrap metal dealers. This can
be annoying and inconvenient as was proven recently
when the locomotive had to be turned on the seldom
used triangle at Chelsea junction. On inspection,
the loco crew found that some of the connecting rods
at the points were missing.
The missing link
had to be called out to do some quick temporary
repairs so that the train could continue on its way.
A temporary solution.
A picture of Loco No.119 resting at Loerie Station
before the long slog back to Port Elizabeth. For the
sharp eyed, you have probably spotted a couple of
cosmetic changes that have been made to the loco as
compared to the photograph on page one of this
At Loerie Station
that is correct. The headlamp has been “borrowed”
from the Garratt No.131 and a large tool box has
been fitted next to the firebox on the right hand
side of the photo. (Personally I prefer the large
GEOFF COOK’S TOUR ON DVD
An exciting DVD record of the May 2009 Geoff Cook
tour of the Langkloof has been put together by Mark
Ruddy. The film runs for about an hour and has some
very exclusive footage taken from the footplate of
Mark spent many painstaking hours editing all the
video footage that was filmed during the four day
tour but the final result was worth the effort.
The DVD is for sale at R85.00 a copy for members
(excl. postage) and can be ordered from Gwyneth,
telephone number 041-3641687.
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