This topic follows on from the previous topic on rolling stock of the South African 2ft. gauge lines* and covers general views and locomotives. The photos were taken in September 1973, and cover the Port Elizabeth to Avontuur line as far as Van Stadens; Port Shepstone; Umzinto and Esperanza on the Donnybrook line; and the Umlaas Road to Mid Illovo line.
The black & white photos were scanned from postcard prints, so are not of the best quality, and some of the negatives are rather grainy. The few colour photos included were taken with a fairly basic camera and are scanned from slides.
Humewood Road was the main 2ft gauge station in Port Elizabeth and location of the locomotive sheds and workshops. Trains normally terminated here although it was not the end of the line as the 2ft gauge extended a further ¾ mile down to the harbour, 3ft-6in gauge goods transhipment shed and main line station. This section would normally have been worked by the NG11 class 2-6-0+0-6-2 Garratt No.55, but at the time of the visit it was under repair in 3 sections in the workshops. The locomotive facilities comprised three separate loco sheds, two with 2 roads and one single road, and a 2 road workshops; coaling stage; ash pit and large rectangular water tank. The only freight traffic actually dealt with here seems to have been the transfer of livestock to the 3ft-6in gauge, for which there was a raised cattle dock served by both gauges. The 3ft-6in gauge also served the coaling stage, an end loading dock for 2ft gauge equipment and storage hoppers for transfer of ballast to 2ft gauge hopper wagons (some of which are now on the Welsh Highland Railway). The station itself was quite a modest affair comprising a short platform and collection of small buildings. Leaving the yard the line curved sharply to the right and crossed the road on a concrete bridge beyond which was a wye for turning locos and a connection to the new diesel loco depot, then in course of construction.
View of passenger platform from north (harbour) end
View of passenger platform from south (Avontuur) end
View of yard from north end - 3ft-6in gauge track in centre
Loco Depot with ash pit in foreground, single road shed to left. 3ft-6in gauge wagons on right being loaded with ash.
Loco sheds to right and beyond; workshops in centre with large rectangular water tank in front; NG134 at coaling stage on right.
Opposite end of loco sheds with workshops in centre of photo
To be continued.....
Edited by PGH, 02 October 2018 - 09:31 .