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Other South African Steam Locomotives before 1910[Inhalt]
Cape Copper Co. Scotia class
Namaqualand Scotia class
South Africa | 1900 | 6 produced
Factory photo showing either No. 9 “Hibernia” or No. 10 “Cambria”
Factory photo showing either No. 9 “Hibernia” or No. 10 “Cambria”
Kitson, National Railway Museum York collection
General
Built1900-1905
ManufacturerKitson & Co.
Axle config0-6-2 (Webb) 
Gauge2 ft 6 in (Two feet six inch)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase11 ft 3 in
Fixed wheelbase6 ft 3 in
Service weight57,120 lbs
Total weight81,760 lbs
Water capacity1,201 us gal
Fuel capacity6,720 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power250 hp (186 kW)
Optimal speed11 mph
Starting effort14,578 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter36 in
Boiler pressure150 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 14 x 21 in
Boiler
Grate area15 sq ft
Firebox area73.5 sq ft
Tube heating area559.5 sq ft
Evaporative heating area633 sq ft
Total heating area633 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
freight
last changed: 08 2023
Durban Harbour “John Milne”
South Africa | 1879 | only one produced
Factory photo of Hunslet with clearly recognizable manufacturer's plaque
Factory photo of Hunslet with clearly recognizable manufacturer's plaque

In 1877, a seven-man commission was set up in the colony of Natal for the administration of the port of Durban, which was to coordinate the further development of the systems and processes for the increasing transport volume. Locomotives from the Natal Government Railways were previously used on the port's tracks when required, but no own locomotives existed. For this reason, a single shunting locomotive with a 0-6-0T wheel arrangement was ordered from Hunslet in Leeds, which was delivered in 1879. It was named after John Milne, an engineer who played an important role in the port's history.

The locomotive weighed almost 20 tonnes, carried a maximum of 1,680 pounds of coal in the driver's cab and held 450 gallons of water in a saddle tank. It had 36-inch wheels and a very short wheelbase. It was in service in the port of Durban for many years and was only supplemented by a second locomotive around the turn of the century. It is no longer possible to determine exactly when its service life ended. However, this must have been no later than 1912, since it no longer appeared in the lists of the South African Railways and must therefore have been either sold or scrapped before then.

General
Built1879
ManufacturerHunslet
Axle config0-6-0ST (Six-coupled) 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length20 ft 11 in
Wheelbase7 ft 6 in
Fixed wheelbase7 ft 6 in
Service weight43,792 lbs
Adhesive weight43,792 lbs
Water capacity540 us gal
Fuel capacity1,680 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power110 hp (82 kW)
Optimal speed9 mph
Starting effort7,956 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter36 in
Boiler pressure130 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 12 x 18 in
Boiler
Grate area7 sq ft
Firebox area39 sq ft
Tube heating area353 sq ft
Evaporative heating area392 sq ft
Total heating area392 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
switcher
tank locomotive
last changed: 04/2022
Durban Harbour “Edward Innes”
South Africa | 1901 | only one produced
Photo of the “Edward Innes” together with port personnel
Photo of the “Edward Innes” together with port personnel
F.W. Neave

The Port of Durban's first shunter was procured by the Port Commission in 1879, but that commission was abolished in 1894. The tasks were later transferred to a seven-member commission, which belonged to the government of Natal. This again ordered a single six-coupled tank locomotive. This was also imported from Leeds, but this time by Hudswell, Clarke and Co.

The six-coupled engine was named after Edward Innes, who was the first Durban port engineer appointed by the old commission from 1881 until his death in 1887. It was a commercial tank locomotive without any special adjustments for the customer. In contrast to the “John Milne” it had side water tanks and significantly larger reserves, but was about the same in terms of empty weight. When the inventories of the three former colonial railways were recorded in 1912, the “Edward Innes” was still included. However, as it was listed as an internal port shunter, it did not appear in the South African Railways numbering plan. It was used until 1923 and was then immediately scrapped. It outlived the other two engines that were ordered after it: in 1902 a four-coupled locomotive with a saddle tank and named “Congella” and in 1904 a six-coupled locomotive from Hunslet named “Sir Albert”.

General
Built1901
ManufacturerHudswell, Clarke and Co.
Axle config0-6-0T (Six-coupled) 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length24 ft 7 in
Wheelbase9 ft
Fixed wheelbase9 ft
Service weight42,400 lbs
Adhesive weight42,400 lbs
Water capacity686 us gal
Fuel capacity4,480 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power200 hp (149 kW)
Power Plant
Driver diameter37 in
Boiler pressure160 psi
Expansion typesimple
Boiler
Grate area8.8 sq ft
Firebox area53 sq ft
Tube heating area404 sq ft
Evaporative heating area457 sq ft
Total heating area457 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
switcher
tank locomotive
last changed: 03/2022
East London Harbour 0-6-0ST
South Africa | 1902 | 2 produced
No. 1028 at the Cape Government Railways
No. 1028 at the Cape Government Railways
S.H. Carter

In 1902, the Port Authority of East London in South Africa had two shunting locomotives built by Hunslet in Leeds for the port facilities. The track systems there had a gauge of 3 ft 6 in, which was used on mainline railways throughout the Cape of Good Hope. These were light tank locomotives with a 0-6-0ST wheel arrangement and very small wheels and a comparatively long wheelbase. The axle load was unevenly distributed, amounting to 8 LT 2 cwt, 6 LT 5 cwt and 5 LT 7 cwt for the first, second and third axle respectively with the curb weight. Even when the locomotive was loaded, the distribution of the axle loads should have hardly changed, since the water on the boiler was in a saddle tank and only 15 cwt of coal could be carried at the back.

As they were the only locos in East London Harbour, they were numbered 1 and 2. When the port railways were incorporated into the Cape Government Railways on January 1, 1909, the locomotives were given the numbers 1027 and 1028. Just two years later, when the South African Union was founded, the locomotives came to the newly founded South African Railways. The company numbers were soon preceded by a zero, which meant that they were to be considered obsolete, but nevertheless remained in use. They remained so for more than two decades, until finally being phased out in the 1930s.

General
Built1902
ManufacturerHunslet
Axle config0-6-0ST (Six-coupled) 
Gauge3 ft 6 in (Cape gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length23 ft 3 3/4 in
Wheelbase10 ft 5 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 5 in
Service weight45,240 lbs
Adhesive weight45,240 lbs
Axle load18,145 lbs
Water capacity480 us gal
Fuel capacity1,680 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power100 hp (75 kW)
Optimal speed10 mph
Starting effort6,361 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter33 in
Boiler pressure140 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 10 1/2 x 16 in
Boiler
Grate area6.4 sq ft
Firebox area35.5 sq ft
Tube heating area326 sq ft
Evaporative heating area361.5 sq ft
Total heating area361.5 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
switcher
tank locomotive
last changed: 03/2022
Namaqualand 0-4-0WT Condenser
South Africa | 1886 | 3 produced
One of the locomotives with a tender and an excursion train
One of the locomotives with a tender and an excursion train
Transnet Heritage Foundation Library
General
Built1886-1888
ManufacturerKitson & Co.
Axle config0-4-0WT (Four-coupled) 
Gauge2 ft 6 in (Two feet six inch)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase6 ft
Fixed wheelbase6 ft
Service weight31,808 lbs
Adhesive weight31,808 lbs
Total weight51,744 lbs
Axle load15,906 lbs
Water capacity464 us gal
Fuel capacity800 lbs (coal)
Power
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power80 hp (60 kW)
Optimal speed11 mph
Starting effort4,556 lbf
Power Plant
Driver diameter34 in
Boiler pressure150 psi
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 9 x 15 in
Boiler
Grate area7.3 sq ft
Firebox area30 sq ft
Tube heating area157.6 sq ft
Evaporative heating area187.6 sq ft
Total heating area187.6 sq ft
Calculated Values
steam locomotive
freight
passenger
tank locomotive
condensator
last changed: 08 2023
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