South Africa starts to scrap its historic collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock


Out of steam

The following plea for help has just been received from South Africa. If ever there was a case for establishing a World Heritage Railway Association, the present danger to South Africa’s railway heritage is surely it.

Transnet has — to the dismay of the Heritage Railway Association of South Africa — decided to scrap prized heritage steam locomotives next month. In a letter dated May 15, Transnet gave the heritage association until today to select the locomotives and coaches it wished to keep, either for preservation and restoration or for spare parts. Rail historians said two weeks was not enough time to locate all the historical trains around the country.

Shaun Ackerman of Reefsteamers Association, which champions rail tourism and steam locomotive preservation, said Transnet told them the trains were beyond repair and an “eyesore”, and should be scrapped. “The ultimatum they have given us is not reasonable in terms of time and resources,” said Ackerman. Some trains marked for restoration had ended up at the Millsite train depot in Krugersdorp and were being hacked to pieces.

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One Response to “South Africa starts to scrap its historic collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock”

  1. Ken Tarr Says:

    Am looking for the history on Steam engine 2010. Situated in Ashton western cape

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