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Date: 04/15/20 15:16
South Africa 1973.
Author: Utahfannz

One has always had a passion for South African Steam, and having corresponded with the late Dusty Durrant for a number of years, four of us local Railwaymen planned a 6-week trip in 1973 to see one of the last great steam bastions left. We made a repeat trip back 5 years later in 1978.
Alas over the years, it has become a shadow of its former self.
Shot 1 "GMAM's " on horseshoe curve City View Pietermaritzburg.
Shot2. "GMAM" Donnybrook line.
Shot3.  "GEA" Kandalass.








Date: 04/15/20 16:09
Re: South Africa 1973.
Author: pedrop

Fantastic Garrats!

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Date: 04/15/20 17:31
Re: South Africa 1973.
Author: pedrop

We had Garrats in Brazil too, in narrow and broad gauge, but just one was preserved. It is old Great Western number 612, class 4-8-2-2-8-4, one meter gauge,  Henschel & Sohn, built in 1952. 

Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
Minas Gerais Railways



Date: 04/15/20 18:36
Re: South Africa 1973.
Author: gaspeamtrak

Wow ! What great pictures ! 
That loop in the first picture is really tight!
Thank for sharing !!! :):):)



Date: 04/16/20 12:28
Re: South Africa 1973.
Author: jcaestecker

Thanks for the photos, they're great.  As someone who knows next to nothing about these locomotives, I'm interested to know if the drivers preferred to run them in one direction or the other.  Did weight distribution make a difference?

-John



Date: 04/18/20 10:37
Re: South Africa 1973.
Author: Harlock

That first shot is fantastic.   Thanks for sharing. 
 

Mike Massee
Tehachapi, CA
Photography, Railroading and more..



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