40-year-old locomotive which used to be
in regular service on a cement company's
private narrow gauge line between its
works near New Brighton and Chelsea
siding near Greenbushes.
Its balloon-shaped spark arresting
funnel is characteristic of the very old
locomotives used in the West of America
in its early days, a steam locomotive
enthusiast told me. He said the unusual
funnel had not been seen in many other
parts of the world.
Some details about the steam engine are included
in "Twentyfour inches apart - the two-foot gauge
railways of the Cape of Good Hope" - by Sidney
M. Moir. (published by Oakwood Press).
This engine, the second to run on the cement company's line, was built by
the Baldwin locomotive works in America in 1930.
The design was basically identical to that of the S.A.R. class NG
10, first placed in service in 1916.
The last of these NG 10 locomotives
to survive, No. 61, was donated by
the South African Railways to the
Port Elizabeth Museum. Remember what
a great task it was to install it a
few weeks ago?
Since being put into semi-retirement five years ago, the Baldwin
has been kept in reserve for when a
diesel locomotive, which has been used
since 1965, is out of action.
At present the diesel locomotive is being overhauled , so the old
engine is back on the rails.
company's Baldwin engine did not
always have the unusual spark arresting funnel.