Still wearing Spoornet orange, E7067 shares shed-space with E7031 in the new PRASA-inspired 'Shosholoza Meyl' purple livery.
A string of Class 6E1s await their next duties alongside a pair of Class 10Es.
A Class 7E locomotive is being kept company by a couple of steam generator wagons. When steam locomotives started making way for electric and diesel traction in the 1950's, vapor wagons were intro... (more)
A candidate for restoration, hopefully. No 3457 was one of the fleet of ninety condensing Class 25's that were eventually converted to non-condensing locomotives when their huge condensing tenders... (more)
Spot the odd man out! 25kv ac class 7E locomotive no. E7043 sports a patchy paintjob as she soaks up the winter sun at Kimberley. Most of the 7E's were in blue when I visited SA, with just a few... (more)
Resting on the former steam shed is locally built (from an EMD kit) Class 35-200 no. 35-303.
Class 18E's are former Class 6E1's, taken from the later series variants. They can be seen on duties requiring up to 6 locomotives and differ from their 6E1 counterparts by having a toilet (for t... (more)
Dating from 1978, the 100 class 7E's were South Africa's first production 25kv ac locomotives, and were ordered following successful trials with a Class 6E1 testbed, no. E1600.
Awaiting attention from Beaconsfield's fitters. This loco was operating for Spoornet, now Transnet Freight Rail, dates from 1989/90, and can usually be seen hauling heavy iron ore trains with up ... (more)
The 80 members of Class 6E were basically a Class 5E1 'with knobs on' - Superceded in 1969 by the hugely successful 6E1 Class with it's many series variants. To view a video of Spoornet's fantast... (more)
It's heavy and dirty work in the dust - time for a breather!
No, not a mishap at Beaconsfield Depot.... The crane is being used to lift locomotives so that their bogies can be removed for maintenance.
Meet Rovos Rail's latest Class 25NC acquisition. Step one in the restoration process: Remove siderods and clean and lubricate all bearings to prepare the loco for the trip to Pretoria. The two ... (more)
Zimbabwe Railways Class 15A 4-6-4+4-6-4 Garratt No 398 is awaiting restoration next to the coal dock ramp at Beaconsfield Depot.
A pair of the few Class 33-400's remaining in service get refuelled below the old coaling dock at Beaconsfield.