Steam restoration makes progress in South Africa

THE Sandstone Heritage Trust in South Africa has begun the restoration of the sole-surviving ‘NG10’ class narrow gauge (610mm gauge) Pacific No. 61 (Baldwin 42633/1915).

Class ‘NG10’ No. 61 at Humewood Road Depot, Port Elizabeth, prior to withdrawal in the early 1960s. LEITH PAXTON
Class ‘NG10’ No. 61 at Humewood Road Depot, Port Elizabeth, prior to withdrawal in the early 1960s. LEITH PAXTON

It was constructed by US firm Baldwin during the First World War when British builders were unable to supply locos to the now-disused 610mm-gauge Avontuur Railway, between Port Elizabeth and Avontuur, because of the war effort.

Two classes of locomotive were built by Baldwin: the ‘NG9’ was a 4-6-0, while the ‘NG10’ was a
4-6-2. Baldwin had already supplied three narrow gauge locos to South Africa in 1902, with a further one in 1911. These earlier locos are generally referred to as Class ‘NG7’ and were 2-6-0s.

Read more in November’s issue of The RM

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