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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.

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 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
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
tank locomotive
last changed: 03/2022

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