CARL'S SOUTH AFRICAN TRAINS PAGE


Me sitting inside cab of Reef Steamers 25NC steam engine Number 3472

I've always been very interested and amused by trains since a little boy. I used to travel with the popular Trans-Karoo to school, from Johannesburg to Worcester, about 1400 km, four times a year, sleeping over night on the train.

I lately catch the Shosholoza-Meyle down to Durban and back alone, the Tourist Class, and feel very safe. I also quite often book a day trip with Reef Steamers
on a refurbished steam train trip to Magaliesberg and back to Maraisburg station.

I always loved the locomotives, and especially long freight trains passing by. I enjoy Electric and diesel-electric trains, but my heart, like many train enthusiasts still lies with the old steam loco.


Right-click and select "Open" or "save as" to view the below videos of my model train layout:

Model Train Layout Video1

Video2

These videos were taken of my BLI Paragon2 NYC Hudson with old-time coaches running on layout with chuffing smoke and sound.

Right-click on and select "Open" or "Save AS" or left-click and "Play" the below mp3 recordings of steam, diesel-electric and electric trains recorded on my Plextalk Pocket Ptp1
and Audio Technica AT-822 Stereo Microphone.

Track-side Reef Steamers 25NC No. 3472 passing with passenger train (966KB)
Reef Steamers 25NC No. 3472 arriving at Maraisburg (1053KB)
Reef Steamers 25NC No. 3472 coasting passed backwards at Magaliesberg (650KB)
Reef Steamers 25NC No. 3472 Onboard slipping up gradient out of Magaliesberg (3495KB)
Reef Steamers 25NC No. 3472 onboard pulling train up gradient near Witpoort (2360KB)
Reef Steamers class 12AR coasting into Maraisburg (626KB)
3 Class 34 diesels with 26 loaded coal wagons stopping and pulling away at Magaliesberg (3584KB)
2 GE Class 34 diesels with +-40 empty tankers stopping and pulling away at Magaliesberg (3931KB)
2 Class 34 diesels passing otherside of stationary train at Germiston (2085KB)
2 GE Class 34 diesels with freight box cars at crossing at Magaliesberg (1431KB)
Next to 2 6E1 electric units pulling away with Shosholoza Meyle tourist class at Maritzburg (2213KB)
2 6E1 electric units ariving with Shosholoza Meyle tourist class into Germiston (539KB)
2 6E1 electric units stopping with freight train on Durban route (1779KB)
2 18E electric units arriving with Shosholoza Meyle 3rd class into Maritzburg (1435KB)
2 18E electric units stopping with Shosholoza Meyle 3rd class and then onboard tourist class pulling away and passing stationary 3rd class train (1706KB)
4 10E units passing by with freight train on Durban route (2173KB)
Onboard Shosholoza Meyle tourist class pulling away and passing stationary freight train with 2 6E1's on Durban route (1655KB)
Onboard Shosholoza Meyle tourist class train stopping on Durban route (1283KB)


SOME HISTORY AND FACTS ABOUT SAR - NOW SPOORNET

South African trains run on what is known as narrow gauge tracks, 1067 mm (3"6)apart, instead of the standard international 1435 mm.

The following are links to some interesting pages on SA rail:

South African Railways page by David Forsyth
Facts about SA Rail by David Forsyth
SAR and Spoornet photo and model in HO archive by Francois Kritzinger
Leon Croukamp's page
Reef Steamers Web Site
Friends of the Rail home page


Click on the below links for further details on older SAR and more current Spoornet trains:

Current Spoornet Electric Locomotives (with slower loading photos)
Current Spoornet diesel-electric Locomotives
Currently running steam Locomotives (With slower loading photos) Current SAR and Spoornet rolling stock (No info yet) Metric conversion table


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