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).
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.
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