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South African Railways
An Illustrated Checklist of Steam Locomotive Classes


Further images, principal dimensions, builders' details and works numbers will be added later.
Use links where provided to access more background and historical information, quantities built, running numbers with cross-references to earlier identities, service dates and allocations, reclassifications, abbreviations used, etc.

   

Class 1   4-8-0   [ex NGR "Hendrie B"]


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No. 1266 [NBL 16391/1904 - ex NGR No. 296]
      - at Mason's Mill Loco Depot (Pietermaritzburg) 6 July 1962
No. 1247 [NBL 16372/1904 - ex NGR No. 277] - at Mason's Mill 9 September 1966



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Class 1A   4-8-0   [ex NGR "Improved Hendrie B"]

No. 1301 [NBL 19063/1909 - ex NGR No. 25]
      - at Mason's Mill Loco Depot (Pietermaritzburg) 6 July 1962

   

Class 3R   4-8-2   [ex NGR "Hendrie D"]


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No. 1458 [NBL 19224/1910 - ex NGR No. 352] - at Midlandia Loco Depot (Noupoort, Cape) 1 May 1967
No. 1452 [NBL 19218/1910 - ex NGR No. 346] - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 21 August 1972



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Class 3BR   4-8-2

No. 1479 [NBL 19597/1911]
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 26 June 1962

   

Class 4AR   4-8-2


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No. 1554 [NBL 20228/1913] - at Millsite Loco Depot (Krugersdorp) 8 April 1966
No. 1554 [NBL 20228/1913] - at Millsite Loco Depot (Krugersdorp) 4 May 1967
No. 1555 [NBL 20229/1913] - at Millsite Loco Depot (Krugersdorp) 1 July 1962



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Class 5R   4-6-2

No. 781 [Vulcan Foundry 2775/1912]
at Germiston Station 4 May 1967


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Class 5B   4-6-2   [ex CGR 5th "Karoo"]

No. 723 [BP 4567/1904 - ex CGR 5th No. 905]
      - at Cape Town Station 27 June 1962


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Class 5BR   4-6-2   [ex CGR 5th "Karoo"]

No. 725 [BP 4569/1904 - ex CGR 5th No. 907]
      - at Cape Town Station 27 June 1962

   

Class 6   4-6-0   [ex Cape Government Railways 6th class]


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No. 435 [Dubs 3066/1893 - ex CGR 359 / OVGS 64 / CSAR (class 6L) 340] in original form
      - at Port Elizabeth Station 8 September 1962
No. 439 [Dubs 3093/1893 - ex CGR 368 / OVGS 68 / CSAR (class 6L) 344] reboilered
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 30 June 1965 and 5 February 1966.
      - Purchased by ROVOS Rail 1982 and restored to full running order.
No. 429 [Dubs 3097/1893 - ex CGR 353 / later 553] rebuilt
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 13 November 1965

   

Class 6A   4-6-0   [ex Cape Government Railways 6th class]


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No. 462 [Dubs 3443/1897 - ex CGR 182 / IMR C509 / CSAR C509] original form
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 8 April 1969
No. 482 [SS 4117/1895 - ex CGR 372 / later 572] reboilered
      - Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 13 January 1963
No. 452 [SS 4125/1895 - ex CGR 172] rebuilt with 180psi Belpaire boiler
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 25 December 1965

   

Class 6B   4-6-0   [ex Cape Government Railways 6th class]


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No. 537 [NR 5322/1898 - ex CGR 598] in original form
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 7 November 1965
No. 490 [NEI 5120/1897 - ex CGR 202] as overhauled for P.E. Municipality
      - at Zwartkops Power Station (Port Elizabeth) 31 October 1971
No. 530 [NR 5276/1898 - ex CGR 590] reboilered
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 15 September 1962
No. 511 [NEI 5148/1898 - ex CGR 225 / IMR C512 / CSAR C512] rebuilt
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 29 December 1965

   

Class 6C   4-6-0   [CGR 6th class design - ex OVGS/CSAR stock]


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No. 543 [SS 4140/1895 - ex OVGS 72 / CSAR 348 (class 6L-2)] in original form
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 26 June 1962
No. 553 [NEI 5182/1897 - ex OVGS 88 / CSAR 364 (class 6L-2)] reboilered 180psi Belpaire
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 26 June 1962


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Class 6D   4-6-0

No. 594 [NR 5243/1898 - ex CGR 665]
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 5 February 1966


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Class 6H   4-6-0

No. 629 [NR 5877/1901 - ex CGR 607 (probably not carried) then 547]
      - at Midlandia Loco Depot (Noupoort, Cape) 1 May 1967


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Class 6J   4-6-0   Bar-framed

No. 646 [NR 6100/1901 - ex CGR 538]
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 29 December 1965

   

Class 7   4-8-0   [ex Cape Government Railways 7th class]


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No. 975 [NEI 4469/1893 - ex CGR 344] - at Capital Park Loco Depot (Pretoria) 10 April 1966
No. 970 [NEI 4450/1892 - ex CGR 325 / later 703] (Centre)
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) on 12 December 1965 (night) and 8 June 1966
No. 987 [NEI 4477/1893 - ex CGR 352 / later 717] - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 7 April 1969


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Class 7AS   4-8-0   "Cape 7th"

No. 1009 [NEI 4928/1896 - ex CGR 726 (first allocated "E68")]
      - at Voorbaai Loco Depot (Mossel Bay) 13 August 1966

   

Class 7B   4-8-0   [CGR 7th design ordered for Imperial Military Railways]


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No. 1055 [NR 5826/1900 - ex IMR 119 / CSAR 389 / NGR 327] - much travelled member of "Cape 7th" family! At Voorbaai Loco Depot (Mossel Bay) 13 August 1966
No. 1036 [NR 5814/1900 - ex IMR 107 / CSAR 377] - with larger CSAR-fitted cab
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 17 April 1971

   

Class 7C   4-8-0   [ex Cape Government Railways 7th class]


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No. 1062 [NR 6082/1901 - ex CGR 762] - at Cambridge Loco Depot (East London) 7 January 1962
      - and 1062 again - at Queenstown Loco Depot 4 October 1969



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Class 8   4-8-0   "Cape 8th"

No. 1074 [NR 6218/1902 - ex CGR 360]
      - at De Aar Loco Depot 5 June 1966


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Class 8A   4-8-0

No. 1105 [NR 6189/1902 - ex IMR 414 / CSAR 414 (class 8L-1)]
      - at Germiston Loco Depot 9 April 1962


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Class 8B   4-8-0

No. 1135 [NR 6354/1903 - ex CSAR 444 (class 8L-2)]
      - at Algoa Bay Harbour (Port Elizabeth) 8 September 1962


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Class 8C   4-8-0

No. 1166 [NBL 15807/1903 - ex CSAR 475 (class 8L-3)]
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 5 February 1966


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Class 8D   4-8-0   "Cape 8th"

No. 1223 [NR 6300/1902 - ex CGR 788] (8DS External admission p/valves)
      - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 22 March 1970


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Class 8F   4-8-0   "Cape 8th"

No. 1243 [NBL 16170/1904 - ex CGR 838] (8FW as superheated)
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 8 April 1969

   

Class 10   4-6-2   [ex CSAR 10th class]


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No. 739 [NBL 16201/1904 - ex CSAR 657] at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 27 July 1969
No. 735 [NBL 16197/1904 - ex CSAR 653] at De Aar Loco Depot 22 April 1972



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Class 10BR   4-6-2   [ex CSAR class 10-A]

No. 751 [NBL 18975/1909 - ex CSAR 669] Reboilered SAR "Std No.1"
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 15 September 1962


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Class 10C   4-6-2   [ex CSAR class 10-C]

No. 772 [NBL 19200/1910 - ex CSAR 1008 (class 10-C)]
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 26 June 1962


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Class 10CR   4-6-2   [ex CSAR class 10-C]

No. 778 [NBL 19206/1911 - ex CSAR 1014] Reboilered SAR "Std No.1"
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 25 June 1962.
      - Sold to Umgala Colliery 1973


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Class 11   2-8-2   [ex CSAR 11th class]

No. 947 [NBL 16284/1904 - ex CSAR 735]
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 3 July 1966


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Class 12R   4-8-2

No. 1933 [Baldwin 52559/1920]
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 3 July 1966


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Class 12A   4-8-2

No. 1539 [NBL 21757/1919]
      - at Germiston Loco Depot 2 July 1962

   

Class 12AR   4-8-2


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No. 1544 [Henschel 21050/1928] at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 3 December 1961
No. 2129 [NBL 23894/1929] at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 8 June 1966

   

Class 14R   4-8-2


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No. 1702 [RS 3544/1913] Reboilered 14 at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 5 May 1971
No. 1582 [NBL 20574/1914] Reboilered 14A at Empangeni Loco Depot 8 September 1966
No. 1757 [BP 5888/1914] Reboilered 14B at Greyville Loco Depot (Durban) 9 July 1962

   

Class 14CR   4-8-2


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No. 2028 [ALCO / Montreal 63080/1922] at Cambridge Loco Depot (East London) 2 August 1969
No. 2004 [ALCO / Montreal 60559/1919] (14CRB) at Paarden Eiland (Cape Town) 1 September 1972
No. 2031 [ALCO / Montreal 63083/1922] (14CRM) Cambridge Loco Depot (East London) 2 August 1969

   

Class 15A   4-8-2


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No. 1791 [NBL 21056/1915] 2nd Order - Belpaire at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 22 March 1970
No. 1851 [BP 5967/1920] Belpaire boiler - at Cambridge Loco Depot (East London) 2 August 1969

   

Class 15AR   4-8-2


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No. 2083 [Maffei 5628/1925] at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 7 November 1965
No. 1968 [Beyer Peacock 5985/1921] Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 29 October 1971

   

Class 15BR   4-8-2


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No. 1836 [ALCO / Montreal 58447/1918] at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 28 August 1972
No. 1833 [ALCO / Montreal 58444/1918] at Paarden Eiland 1 September 1972

   

Class 15CA   4-8-2


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No. 2042 [ALCO 66989/1926] (later "Duguza") at Greyville Loco Depot (Durban) 7 September 1966
No. 2053 [ALCO 67000/1926] (large tyres highlighted) at Witbank Loco Depot 6 May 1967
No. 2050 [ALCO 66997/1926] at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 6 May 1971



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Class 15CB   4-8-2

No. 2071 [Baldwin 58717/1925]
      - at Stanger Loco Depot (Zululand) 7 September 1966


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Class 15E   4-8-2

No. 2889 [Henschel 23111/1936]
      - at Bloemfontein Station 22 March 1970

   

Class 15F   4-8-2


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No. 2911 [Henschel 23934/1938] 1st order - Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (C.T.) 21 August 1972
No. 2930 [NBL 24450/1938] Pre-war series (alloy plates) - Sydenham (Port Elizabeth) 13 January 1963
No. 2994 [Beyer Peacock 7109/1944] Wartime delivery - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 2 May 1967
No. 3083 [NBL 25967/1947] Post-war series - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 21 March 1970


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Examples fitted with steam-activated cowl, for working through E.Cape tunnel sections

No. 2966 [NBL 24506/1939] Pre-war series - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 30 June 1965
No. 2971 [Beyer Peacock 7086/1944] Wartime delivery - Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 18 May 1968



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Class 16R   4-6-2

No. 793 [NBL 20433/1914]
      - at Germiston Loco Depot 9 April 1966

   

Class 16CR   4-6-2


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No. 833 [NBL 22727/1921] at Millsite Loco Depot (Krugersdorp) 1 July 1962
No. 837 [NBL 22731/1921] (with "Uitenhage" nameplates) at Sydenham (Port Elizabeth) 30 October 1971
No. 825 [NBL 22719/1921] 63" Driving wheels - Greyville Loco Depot (Durban) 7 September 1966



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Class 16D   4-6-2

No. 864 [Baldwin 58705/1925]
      - at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 28 August 1972

   

Class 16DA   4-6-2


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No. 870 [Hohenzollern 4655/1928] at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 12 July 1962
No. 878 [Henschel 21753/1930] Wide Firebox - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 21 March 1970
No. 879 [Henschel 21754/1930] Wide Firebox - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 22 March 1970

   

Class 16E   4-6-2


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No. 857 [Henschel 22586/1935] "Vereeniging" / "Anne Smith - Bloemfontein Queen"
      - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 12 July and also 19 July 1962
No. 855 [Henschel 22584/1935] "Johannesburg" - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 7 May 1967



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Class 19   4-8-2   Original boiler

No. 1367 [Berliner 9280/1928]
      - at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 8 September 1966


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Class 19R   4-8-2   as reboilered at Durban (1967)

No. 1367 [Berliner 9280/1928]
      - at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 7 May 1971

   

Class 19A   4-8-2


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No. 684 [SLM Winterthur 3309/1929] at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 5 May 1971
No. 695 [SLM Winterthur 3320/1929] at Butterworth (Transkei) 5 September 1966

   

Class 19AR   4-8-2


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No. 693 [SLM Winterthur 3318/1929] (Domeless) at Queenstown Loco Depot (E.Cape) 4 October 1969
No. 706 [SLM Winterthur 3331/1929] at Rosmead Loco Depot (Cape Midlands) 20 December 1969

   

Class 19B   4-8-2


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No. 1405 [Berliner 9831/1930] at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 4 September 1966
No. 1404 [Berliner 9830/1930] at Rosmead Loco Depot (Cape) 20 December 1969

   

Class 19BR   4-8-2


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No. 1410 [Berliner 9836/1930] at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 8 June 1966
      - and at Rosmead Loco Depot (Cape) 20 December 1969

   

Class 19C   4-8-2


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No. 2481 [NBL 24214/1934] at Hutchinson Station (Cape) 29 June 1962
No. 2475 [NBL 24208/1934] at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 11 June 1970

   

Class 19D   4-8-2


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No. 2523 [Krupp 1635/1937] 1st order Domeless Boiler at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 21 March 1970
No. 2508 [Krupp 1620/1936] 1st order Standard Boiler at Queenstown Loco Depot 4 October 1969
No. 2761 [RSH 7274/1947] Post-war series - Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 1972


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No. 3338 [NBL 26058/1948] with Vanderbilt "torpedo" tender - Sydenham Depot 7 November 1965
No. 3342 [NBL 26062/1948] - at Queenstown Loco Depot 5 October 1969
No. 3363 [NBL 26083/1948] with Vanderbilt tender - Sydenham Loco Depot 30 October 1971



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Class 23   4-8-2

No. 3286 [Berliner 10985/1938]
      - at Bloemfontein Loco Depot 22 March 1970


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Class 24   2-8-4

No. 3650 [NBL 26362/1949]
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 13 January 1963

   

Class 25   4-8-4 - Condensing type


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No. 3467 [NBL 27327/1953] at De Aar Loco Depot 22 April 1972
No. 3457 [NBL 27317/1953] at Midlandia Loco Depot (Noupoort) 20 October 1969
No. 3454 [NBL 27314/1953] at night - De Aar Loco Depot 22 April 1972



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Class 25NC   4-8-4   - Non-condensing

No. 3426 [Henschel 28745/1953]
      - at Beaconsfield Loco Depot (Kimberley) 10 May 1967

   

Class S   0-8-0 Shunter


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No. 362 [Henschel 21073/1928] at Millsite Loco Depot (Krugersdorp) 8 April 1966
No. 364 [Henschel 21075/1928] at Millsite Loco Depot (Krugersdorp) 1 July 1962



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Class S1   0-8-0 Shunter

No. 3819 [NBL 27279/1954]
      - at Germiston Loco Depot 26 June 1963

   

Class S2   0-8-0 Shunter


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No. 3765 [Krupp 3030/1952] at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 11 April 1969
No. 3771 [Krupp 3036/1952] at Uitenhage Station (E.Cape) 1971

   

Class GB   2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt


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No. 2166 [BP 5942/1921] 1st Order at Queenstown Loco Depot (E.Cape) 12 September 1966
No. 2160 [BP 6181/1924] 2nd Order - Queenstown Loco Depot (E.Cape) 12 September 1966



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Class GCA   2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt

No. 2606 [Krupp 1049/1928]
      - at Greyville Loco Depot (Durban) 9 July 1962


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Class GD   2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt

No. 2231 [BP 6284/1925]
      - at Sydenham Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 5 February 1966


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Class GDA   2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt

No. 2259 [Linke-Hofmann 3119/1928]
      - at Stanger Loco Depot (Zululand) 5 May 1971

   

Class GE   2-8-2+2-8-2 Garratt


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No. 2265 [BP 6198/1925] 1st Order at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 6 May 1971
No. 2266 [BP 6339/1926] 2nd Order - Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 7 May 1971
No. 2277 [BP 6717/1930] 3rd Order - Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 6 May 1971

   

Class GEA   4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt


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No. 4023 [BP 7190/1946] at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 7 May 1971
No. 4009 [BP 7176/1945] at Paarden Eiland Loco Depot (Cape Town) 1 September 1972
No. 4009 [BP 7176/1945] "Renoster" during exhaust experiments Paarden Eiland 11 April 1969

   

Class GF   4-6-2+2-6-4 Garratt


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No. 2410 [Henschel 21056/1927] at Mason's Mill Loco Depot (Pietermaritzburg) 9 September 1966
No. 2427 [Maffei 5750/1928] at Mason's Mill Loco Depot (Pietermaritzburg) 6 July 1962

   

Class GL   4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt


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No. 2351 [BP 6531/1929] "Princess Alice" at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 7 May 1971
No. 2355 [BP 6642/1930] at Empangeni Loco Depot (Zululand) 6 May 1971

   

Class GM   4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt


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No. 2297 [BP 6889/1938] at Millsite Loco Depot (Krugersdorp) 1 July 1962
No. 2306 [BP 6898/1938] at Germiston Loco Depot 26 June 1963



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Class GMA   4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt

No. 4081 [BP 7679/1956]
      - at Mason's Mill Loco Depot (Pietermaritzburg) 9 September 1966


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Class GO   4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratt

No. 2575 [Henschel 28708/1954]
      - at Mason's Mill Loco Depot (Pietermaritzburg) 6 July 1962


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Class G   4-8-2T   (NGR class E / "Dubs B")

No. 213 [NBL 16076/1904 - ex NGR 266]
      - at Mason's Mill Loco Depot (Pietermaritzburg) 6 July 1962.
      - Sold to Gledhow Sugar 1963


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Class H2   4-8-2T   (Converted "Reid Tenwheeler" class H)

No. 257 [Dubs 4119/1901 - ex NGR 177 (as 4-10-2T)]
      - at Greyville Loco Depot (Durban) 9 July 1962


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Class NG10   4-6-2   2'0" gauge

NG.61 [Baldwin 42633/1915]
      - at Humewood Road Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 2 December 1961

   

Class NG/G11   2-6-0+0-6-2 Garratt


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NG.51 [BP 5975/1919] 1st Order at Humewood Road Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 3 April 1961
NG.55 [BP 6200/1925] 2nd Order - Humewood Road Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 20 March 1966



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Class NG/G13   2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt

NG.83 [Hanomag 10635/1928]
      - at Humewood Road Loco Depot (Port Elizabeth) 28 June 1965


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Class NG15   2-8-2   2'0" gauge

NG.148 [Henschel 29589/1957]
      - at Chelsea Station (E.Cape) 8 June 1963

   

Class NG/G16   2-6-2+2-6-2 Garratt


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NG.87 [Cockerill 3267/1936] 1st Order at Ixopo Loco Depot (Natal) 11 May 1971
NG.150 [Hunslet Taylor 3895/1967] Final series / SA built - Umzinto Station (Natal) 3 May 1971