Posted: Mar 9, 2021 @ 06:03:18 by Russell Newman
The ex South African Railways North British Locomotive Company built GMAM Class 4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt No. 4135 will soon be moving to its new home with Ceres Rail Company at Witzenberg in the Western Cape for restoration. The locomotive was built by North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow, Scotland in 1958 and was one of the final GMAM Garratts delivered to the South African Railways. It operated over the mountain passes of South Africa from 1958 to 1980, after which it was loaned to Zimbabwe for a short while. No. 4135 was then sold to Randfontein Estates Gold Mines and branded REGM Number R14 and later R4.
When steam operations at REGM were phased out in the early 1990s, No. 4135 was saved by a generous overseas benefactor committed to the preservation of steam heritage. The Ceres Rail Company bought the locomotive from the benefactor and it is planned for No. 4135 to work on the Caledon Branchline, with specific focus on the steep Sir Lowry’s Pass when restored.
Posted: Oct 27, 2019 @ 12:10:19 by Russell Newman
The ex South African Railways North British Locomotive Company built GMAM Class 4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt No. 4135 has been bought for preservation by the Ceres Steam Railway and will be moving to their base at Witzenberg in the Westerncape for restoration and a return to steam for use on their mainline railtours. No. 4135 was among the final batch of GMAM Class Garratts and the very last steam locomotives that were built by the North British Locomotive Company at their Springburn works in Glasgow, Scotland under contract with Beyer Peacock from 1956 to 1958. With a Tractive Effort of 68,800lbs they were some of the most powerful steam locomotives ever constructed in the UK.
Posted: May 5, 2019 @ 13:05:26 by Kris Ward
Seen at Bloemfontein depot 14th April 2019