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THE ULOLIWE

The Railways of Southern Africa: Past & Present Spoorweë van SuidelikeSuidelike-Afrika: Toeka tot Nou A monthly railway historical and research publication ‘n Maandelikse spoorweg historiese en navorsing publikasie Vol 5 No 2 Un-official / Nie Amptelik - Gratis Everything to do with the former SA Railways: i.e. lighthouses, harbours, staff, photos, books, RMT, stations, tugs, SAR Police, SAA, catering, pipelines, SAR stamps, SAR models, SAR rolling stock, South African armoured trains, diagrams, etc

Hennie Heymans, Pretoria, ZA February 2014

All photographs carry copyright by their respective photographers.

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Contents All photographs carry copyright by their respective photographers........................................... 1 WELCOME ........................................................................................................................................... 6 FRONT COVER / VOORBLAD.......................................................................................................... 6 University on Wheels / Universiteit op Wiele...................................................................... 6

EDITORIAL / REDAKSIONEEL ........................................................................................................ 6 Facebook Group: Suid-Afrikaanse Spoorweë / SA Railways / Ulolwe (sic) ....................... 6

WEPNERS’ PERAMBULATIONS ..................................................................................................... 8 •

20140109..................................................................................................................................... 8

20140117 (a) ............................................................................................................................... 9

20140117 (b) ............................................................................................................................... 9

20140120................................................................................................................................... 11

20140122................................................................................................................................... 15

20140129................................................................................................................................... 18

20140130................................................................................................................................... 20

RAILWAY PEOPLE / SPOORWEGMENSE ................................................................................... 23 Oom Jan Archer: Tish Archer & Fanjan Coetzee ............................................................... 23

Comment HBH ........................................................................................................................................33 RAILWAY NEWS & ANECDOTES ................................................................................................ 34 Free State & Natal: Bill Deyzel ......................................................................................................... 34 Kroonstad ................................................................................................................................ 34

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Natal ..................................................................................................................................................35

18E’s: Phil du Plessis.......................................................................................................................... 37 •

E18001 ...............................................................................................................................................45

Lys van 18E No’s .............................................................................................................................45

18001: Willem Fouchè .....................................................................................................................47 2


Kimberley: William Drew Higgo ..................................................................................................... 48 Kaserne: Jaco Holtzhausen ............................................................................................................... 49 •

Night duty ........................................................................................................................................49

Cape: Scott Jesser................................................................................................................................ 49 •

15E .....................................................................................................................................................49

35Class Diesels.................................................................................................................................50

Joyce van der Vyfer: Cape................................................................................................................. 50 •

9E .......................................................................................................................................................50

Metro .................................................................................................................................................51

Natal ..................................................................................................................................................... 51 Jacobus Marais ........................................................................................................................ 51

Western Cape...................................................................................................................................... 56 Francois Mattheüs .................................................................................................................. 56

SAS-blik: Danie Heymans ................................................................................................................. 60 Rhodesia Railways ............................................................................................................................. 62 •

Chapt 1: via various Members of the BSAP ................................................................................62 RR: Bruno Martin: Australia ................................................................................................. 65

No 34 88 “Enchantess”: Richard Niven .......................................................................................... 67 Opening Sabie River Bridge ............................................................................................................. 68 Western Cape...................................................................................................................................... 69 Wolseley – Ceres Line: David Settle .................................................................................... 69

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Malmesbury Train at Bellville: David Settle ...............................................................................70

Cape Town Shunter: David Settle.................................................................................................71

E1552 at Bellville: David Settle ......................................................................................................72

36-019: David Settle.........................................................................................................................72

35-457: David Settle.........................................................................................................................73 3


Congo: Jan Swart ................................................................................................................................ 73 Pyaramid: Gauteng: Jan Thirion ...................................................................................................... 74 •

E1600 Experimental AC Loco ........................................................................................................74

Class E20 ...........................................................................................................................................75

Eastern Cape: Noel Welch ................................................................................................................ 78 TAZARA: ............................................................................................................................................ 80 •

J & J Wepener ...................................................................................................................................80

Refrigreration Problems: No “Blue Lights”: J & J Wepener ......................................................... 81 SOUTH AFRICAN MODELS: ADRIAN HILL: CAPE TOWN ................................................... 85 •

Model of Reefsteamers: “Janine” ..................................................................................................85

5E1 series 1 .......................................................................................................................................86

Sisonke Stimela Observation Coach .............................................................................................86

White Metal work ...........................................................................................................................87

Digital Work ....................................................................................................................................87

NOSTALGIA ...................................................................................................................................... 87 •

Now that's a REAL Christmas present: 1930s Meccano set that's still in its original

packaging is set to sell for £15,000 ............................................................................................... 87 SANDSTONE ..................................................................................................................................... 91 GAUTRAIN NEWS: FEBRUARY 2014: J JACOBS ........................................................................ 92 LETTERS ............................................................................................................................................. 92 •

Boeing 737-900 ........................................................................................................................ 92

Ray Ellis: Australia................................................................................................................. 93

Krupp k5 Railway Mounted Gun: Trevor Alborough: NZ .............................................. 95

Alex Faria: Cape Town .......................................................................................................... 96

From our Patron, Les Pivnic ................................................................................................. 97

Long Toms: Trevor Alborough ............................................................................................ 98 4


Louis Changuion: "Silence of the guns" .......................................................................................98

Locomotives International: Wilfred Mole .................................................................................. 99 THE MARRKET PLACE ................................................................................................................. 100 •

Eric Bekker ............................................................................................................................ 100

Books: Steel Kayalami Vol’s 1 & 2: Dennis Moore .......................................................... 100

S.A.R. Narrow Gauge Steam .............................................................................................. 102

Wanted: 2nd Hand Mamod stationary model steam engine ........................................... 103

PANDORA’S BOX ........................................................................................................................... 103 •

Austria ................................................................................................................................... 103

China: Paul Mills .................................................................................................................. 104

DEA busts Amtrak passenger who had a kilo of cocaine hidden inside a very

unconvincing homemade leg cast... complete with fake blood............................................. 104 •

Now that’s a swing bridge! Chinese engineers build 17,000-ton flyover section at 90

degrees so railway below could remain open… then rotate it into place ............................ 106 •

It's not like this in the rush hour! ....................................................................................... 108

OR Tambo International Airport: On final and touched down runway 03R – J & J

Jacobs ............................................................................................................................................. 117 NEXT ISSUE & GREETINGS.......................................................................................................... 120

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WELCOME You are invited to make yourself comfortable. Please sit in your chair, pour a cup of coffee and enjoy the trip with us.

FRONT COVER / VOORBLAD • University on Wheels / Universiteit op Wiele The photo on the front cover shows from left to right Fanjan Coetzee, Mr Hilton Park, Oom Arch and Piet Liebenberg in front of the second vehicle that was built for skilling drivers in the knowledge of the road. Op die voorbladfotos v.l.n.r. staan Fanjan Coetzee, mnr Hilton Park, Oom Arch and Piet Liebenberg by die tweede padleerrytuig wat vir ons gebou was.

EDITORIAL / REDAKSIONEEL • Facebook Group: Suid-Afrikaanse Spoorweëë / SA Railways / Ulolwe (sic) https://www.facebook.com/groups/74709226744/ Description of group Translated from Afrikaans: “South African Railway history: We love our South African trains - the old big, heavy, black steam trains that criss-crossed our country. We also love the others: Diesel and electric locomotives! We also love models of South African trains. Modelling is also a form of conservation!”

Suid-Afrikaanse Spoorweg-geskiedenis. Ons is lief vir ons Suid-Afrikaanse treine die ou groot, swaar, swart stoomtreine wat eers ons land kruis en dwars bedien het. Ook die ander - diesel en elektries! Ons is ook lief vir die modelle van SuidAfrikaanse treine. Hierdie is 'n vorm van bewaring!

And then in English:

In Engels:

We love South African Railways and our model trains. This is a mode of preservation! Congratulations to the members of the group - we now have 1,200 members.

We love South African Railways and our model trains. This is a mode of preservation! Baie geluk aan die lede van die groep ons het 1,200 lede.

A famous writer once wrote: "The more I see of man, The more I love TRAINS” ....... to which I

'n Bekende skrywer het een maal geskryf: "The more I see of Man, 6


added: “books! "

The more I love TRAINS ....... en het ek bygevoeg & “Books!"

Baie dankie vir almal wat so lekker foto's Thank you to all who share their nice en stories stuur. photographs and stories with us. Remember: Col André Kritzinger (SAAFRet) who also publishes good data regarding each type of South African locomotive. Look under "Wikipedia". Remember we publish a electronic magazine, called about the railways.

Onthou: Kol André Kritzinger (SALM Afgetr) het goeie data mbt elke tipe lokomotief wat op ons staalbane geloop het. Kyk gerus onder "Wikipedia".

monthly Onthou ons gee elke maand 'n Uloliwe, ellektroniese tydskrif, Uloliwe, oor die spoorweë uit.

We will never again experience the old steam raced that raced over our South African plains ... Those times are well done! Today, everybody is mainly interested in money - everything is expensive - time is money - and everyone is in a hurry!

Ons sal nooit weer die ou stoom ervaar wat oor ons vlaktes heen gejaag het nie ... Daardie tye is goed verby! Vandag stel almal hoofsaaklik net in geld belang alles is duur - tyd is geld - en almal is haastig!

There is no time to be grand or elegant on the train anymore! No, everyone wants to be in Durban within 45 minutes (from Jhb). We all travelled in our suits (or uniform) on the train. Today guys travel in sandals and shorts on an airplane.

Daar is nie tyd vir grênd wees op die trein nie! Nee, almal wil binne 45 minute in Durban wees (vanaf Jhb). Ons het almal in ons pakke (of uniform) trein gery. Vandag reis ouens per vliegtuig in sandale en kortbroek.

For me of holiday starts the moment I am Vir my begin die vakansie of reis die comfortable in my compartment on my oomblik wanneer ek gerieflik in my kompartement is! way to my destination! Come read and enjoy!

Kom lees en geniet!

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WEPNERS’ PERAMBULATIONS • 20140109

NEWSPAPER REPORT ON CLASS ACTION DATE:

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TPAG greetings to all Transnet pensioners at the start of this New Year and hopefully it will be a fruitful year in terms of our court action and that you will be kept in good health to benefit from the fruits of the successful court action. As indicated at the end of last year we are awaiting the decision of the High Court judge to allow the case against Transnet to be a “class action” and we are confident that this decision will be soon and in our favour. Attached for your information is an article appearing in the Natal Mercury this morning highlighting our case and the dire financial predicament that the Transnet pensioners of both funds find themselves in. This is a positive step as it highlights to the public by an independent person the situation as it stands and the lack of action on behalf of the Minister to rectify the wrongs of the past. It is ironic from the article that above inflation increases in pensions had been agreed to in principal TWO YEARS ago yet nothing has transpired which is despicable treatment to those who mostly served a lifetime working for the company. The only real reason for the delay is that it will hurt Transnet’s bottom line as they will have to cough up to meet what we should be getting and this is not what they want to do. A ring fenced pension fund as is both the TSDBF and the TPF only depending on investment income with NO financial input from Transnet cannot afford bigger increases and thus the Minister does not want to sign the agreement as Transnet will have to foot the shortfall.

• 20140117 (a) The Wepners advise us to have a look at the following video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbwMkb9g_MA • 20140117 (b) Hi guys. Not too much. Sheltam's 31 returning from Saaiplaas 4 shaft with a load of waste rock headed to glory hole tips. Harmony Surface Rail returning from the exchange yard with RRL at the show grounds. Whites, the Welgeleë pick-up waiting for the section to clear, I missed a container train near Virginia. Once again HSR, this time heading to Steyn 4 shaft, the exchange yard with Sheltam. Heard

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Vierfontein and Orkney. Of the 13 trucks 10 went to the ground. Porcupines dug holes beneath the sleepers and caused the derailment??Cheers. J & J.

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In Afrikaans porcupines are not called ystervarke (lit – iron pigs) for nothing! The old Pioneers knew what a porcupine could do! - HBH

• 20140120 Hi guys. Got Sheltam's 31 at the ore tips at Central Plant in Harmony off-loading ore from old Saaiplaas 4 shaft's waste rock dump. Then just before Hennenman 2x 6E's came past with a short Kroonstad bound load, also in the consist was 34 and 36 class, probably from Bloemfontein workshops. Then at Welkom station - this just goes to show that ANYTHING can and will be stolen nowadays!! This parachute tank will soon disappear... The 36 classes are shunting at Hamilton industrial sidings in Bloemfontein. Then the old coaches are near the workshops, there is still a clerestory passenger van staged here. The container train is Southbound near Karee and what's left of Karee station... The back halve of a fire iron is still lying on the platform. Found this small tortoise wandering along the ballast and removed him from trackside to a safer place among the line side trees. Cheers. J & J.

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• 20140122 Hi guys. The 2x 34's are on a train from Wesselsbron, staged at Welkom, time up. RRL's 31 can be seen waiting to proceed to Odendaalsrus. Then, a new arrival at RRL. Here she is running around her train at Niemandsland before proceeding to the exchange yards at the show grounds. Also at the Jan Hofmeyer road crossing. This is also where our last parachute tank still stands, don't know for how long?? Cheers. J & J.

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• 20140129 Hi guys. The 34 is just before Bultfontein - on its way to shunt the silos. There is a total occupation between Drie Ruiters and Boskuil, from 0700 1600 on some days and this will last some time. It seems a goods truck derailed somewhere in a consist and the driver only found out several kilometres down the line. There are THOUSANDS of sleepers that need replacement... A temporary speed restriction of 15 Km/h is enforced over this section. The 35 class is at Makwassie with a train load of more sleepers for replacement. On the left are the coal wagons that derailed some time ago at Boskuil, still waiting to be cut up. The shot of the old station is at Makwassie. Lastly the 16DA at Theunissen - now with both number plates, they look like recasts. Cheers. J & J.

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• 20140130 Hi guys. Due to the rain the total occupation between Makwassie and Boskuil was suspended for today. At Eersteling the south bound signals were set for the loop, so a crossing was planned. The first train to arrive was a northbound load of Lime behind 3x 18E's. Then a southbound load of ore wagons sped past behind 4x 10E's. This 10E hauled train stayed with us all the way to Bloemhof but the photo opportunities were non-existent... The train load of sleepers is at Makwassie, this is for the derailment damage, also can be seen some of the old sleepers that have been recovered. Just south of Makwassie a 6E hauled load of coal trucks headed north. At Boskuil the sleeper replacement machine was busy; these photos are from the vehicle as it is unsafe to wander around while the guys are working. Just ahead of the Ballast Tamping Machine the ore empties can be seen creeping along at 15Km/h. The two light units are waiting for the empties to cross at Drie Ruiters. A northbound load of mielies at Kingswood, also some accident damaged rail bolster trucks - these might be the two culprits that caused all the damage further up the line as most of their brake-gear parts are lying on top of the trucks?? Another north bound load of empties just north of Bloemhof. The Lennings Rail maintenance train is staged at Bloemhof, here the 10E hauled train went past at an incredible lick. Hoots and greetings from all the crews. Cheers. J & J.

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RAILWAY PEOPLE / SPOORWEGMENSE • Oom Jan Archer: Tish Archer & Fanjan Coetzee So skrywe sy dogter Laetitia (Tish) Archer oor Oom Jan Archer as mens: Ek gaan hierdie artikel oor my pa begin by die beginRR.en einde: Jacobus A. A. Archer, gebore op Kalkwerf in Namakwaland op 3 Augustus 1923 en oorlede 1 Junie 2006. Sy plek is leeg en sy stem is stil, maar sy nalatenskap – die padleerskool – Universiteit op Wiele – is nasionaal ingestel en bestaan vandag nog. By sy werk het hy as Jan Archer bekend gestaan, sy familie het hom Kolie genoem, vriende en aangetroude familie het hom Arch of Oom Archie genoem en vir my bly hy Pa of Kosie (my persoonlike troetelnaampie vir hom).

My pa wou vreeslik graag vir ‘n predikant gaan studier, maar soos die geval me t baie mense in daardie jare was daar nie geld om dit te doen nie. Hy het nadat hy op 16 gematrikuleer het, na Johannesburg gekom om werk te soek. Op 15 Augustus 1949 het hy sy departmentele toetse (dele 1 en 2) in die: - Pligte van ‘n Lokomotiefdrywer (stoom); en - Kleurligsinjale geslaag.

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My pa was 33 jaar oud toe ek gebore is. Hy het drie name vir my uit sy geliefde AG Visser gedig gekies, maar my ma het haar voet neergesit en gesê hy kan een kry: Laetitia (wat vreugde beteken). Hy het nooit babataal met my gepraat nie. My pa en ma het my altyd Meid of Meidjie genoem, maar ek het geweet ek was in die moeilikheid as my pa my op my doopnaam aangespreek het. Hy was ook baie spesifiek oor hoe my naam uitgespreek moet word. Om een of ander rede is my pa gekies vir om saam met sy dogter afgeneem te word. Hier staan ek langs die trein en waai vir hom terwyl hy my vermaan om versigtig te wees.

My pa was n baie ernstige man en ook een van min woorde. Sy werk as drywer en later sy betrokkenheid by die padleerskool was vir hom die mees belangrikste op aarde. Sy liefde, passie en lojaliteit teenoor sy werk was besonders. My pa het nooit die senuwees gehad om motor te leer bestuur nie. Hy het deur die jare, dag of nag, winter of somer, sneeu, reen, hael of skroeinde son, werk toe gegaan op sy fiets. Hy het NOOIT weggebly van die werk af nie, maak nie saak hoe siek hy met griep of enige ander ongesteldheid was nie. My ouers se eerste motor was ‘n Mercedes Benz en die moes in die motorhuis staan totdat my ma, Suzie (was my pa se naam vir my ma), haar bestuurslisensie gekry het. My pa het altyd gespot en gesê dat ‘n Mercedes ‘n arm man se motor is, want dit het vir ewig gehou en was baie betroubaar. Hulle het die Mercedes vir meer as 20 jaar gehad en nugter weet hoeveel km op en het hom verkoop vir presies wat hulle al die jare gelede vir hom betaal het. Twee belangrikke lesse wat my pa my geleer het; het eerstens te make met nooit skuld te maak nie en tweedens dat n mens nooit jou kennis net tot die 24


voorgeskrewe sillabus moet beperk nie. Ware kennis het vir hom gegaan om dit wat ‘n mens addisioneel gaan oplees en bestudeer oor n spesifieke vakgebied. My pa het geglo dat n mens wag totdat jy genoeg geld gespaar het, voordat jy iets wat jy wil hê, aankoop.Dit is n wonderlike voorbeeld wat ek gevolg het en dus nog nooit ‘n slapelose nag gehad oor hoe om rekeninge te vereffen nie. So lank as wat ek kan onthou wou ek n Harley Davidson motorfiets hê en het vir myself die geskenk (kontant natuurlik) vir my 50ste verjaarsdag gekoop. Ongelukkig was my pa nie meer met ons tydens die mylpaal nie, maar ek glo dat waar hy hom ookal in die heelal bevind, hy trots is op sy dogter met haar ysterperd wat op ouderdom 50 vir die eerste keer op n motorfiets geklim en en geleer motorfiets ry het.

Tish Archer and her Harley Davidson Softail Heritage Classic Fanjan Coetzee skrywe oor sy werk saam met Oom Jan Archer en sy unieke menswees tydens 1973-1975: Oom Arch, soos vele ander voetplaatlede oor die jare, het sonder voorafgande raadpleging, 'n naam by die depot gekry, gebasseer op sekere aannames oor sy voorletters. So het Oom Arch Jan geword en Jan het hy gebly totdat hy met pensioen afgetree het in 1978. Selfs met sy terugkeer as n konsultant (na die afwesigheid van n jaar waartydens hy in die privaatsektor gaan werk het), het hy die naam behou. Vandag nog, na soveel jare en nadat hy 'n geruime tyd al nie meer met ons is nie, verwys ek nog steeds na hom as Oom Jan Archer wanneer as ek met kollegas by die werk oor hom praat.

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Ek onthou Oom Jan Archer as een van die bitter min treindrywers wat instaat was om 'n verstandhouding met die destydse lokomotiefinspekteurs, lokomotiefloodsvoormanne en selfs die senior-lokomotiefloodsvoorman (wat toe later deur die pos van lokovoorman vervang is), te hê. Hy het die gawe en gemak gehad om op n vlak met hulle te kommunikeer wat ander treindrywers nie eers sou oorweeg nie. Destyds het die blote gedagte om in die teenwordigheid van een van hierdie manne te wees, 'n soort angs by baie drywers verwek. Op sy eie unieke manier het Oom Jan 'n groot mate van respek by hierdie senior manne "afgedwing". Toe ek Oom Jan Archer se assistent was, was dit mode om lang hare te dra. 'n Groot persentasie van die ouer manne kon nie vat aan die modegier kry nie en toe ek een middag by n sekere lokomotiefloodsvoorman vir diens aanmeld was die duidelik geirriteerd met my voorkoms en sê toe ook dadelik dat ek die seniorlokomotiefloodsvoorman, Oom George Bartie, moet gaan spreek oor my lang hare. Wat niemand geweet het nie is dat Oom George Bartie en Oom Jan Archer huisvriende was. By die lokomotief aangekom het ek Oom Jan ingelig oor wat sopas tussen my en die lokomotiefloodsvoorman afgespeel het en terwyl ek besig was om die lokomotief skoon te maak, is Oom Jan na die roosterkantoor toe waar hy wou uitvind wat die eintlike probleem was. Hy verseker die lokomotiefloodsvoorman dat hy, persoonlik, nie 'n probleem het met my lang hare nie en indien hy 'n probleem daarmee sou hê, hy vir my sou aansê om dit te sny en dat hy oortuig is dat ek dit sou doen. Hy vra toe vir die lokomotiefloodsvoorman wanneer hy wil hê ek vir Oom George Bartie moet gaan sien? Oom Jan het seker die wind uit die lokomotiefloodsvoorman se seile gevat, want sy antwoord was "Dis nie nodig nie". Dus het ek vir nog 'n aantal jare sonder insident met my lang hare kom werk. Oom Jan het n baie unieke sin vir humor gehad. Op n dag het ons teruggekom van Klerksdorp af via die "ou-pad" soos die roete vanaf Potchefstroom oor Safarcamp en Welverdiend bekend gestaan het. Die metode van treinbedryf oor hierdie trajek vanaf Potch tot in Randfontein was destyds die Van Schoor-treintekenstelsel. Met hierdie metode van treinbedryf word treine afgestuur met tekens wat sal verseker, aangesien dit enkellyntrajekte is, dat slegs een trein op 'n keer in 'n betrokke trajek is. Die stelsel was natuurlik ook so ontwerp om treine toe te laat om mekaar te volg, maar vir my verduideliking van die staaltjie is dit nie nodig om in meer besonderhede in te gaan nie. Die teken wat ons mee ry word in 'n hingsel geplaas wat die maklik maak om die tekens te "vang" terwyl die trein in beweging is deur die stasie; somtyds op hoë spoed soos byvoorbeeld met hooflynpassasierstreine wat nie stop nie. Die teken word op die hingsel "vasgesit" met ' splitpen. As die teken in die instrument by die volgende stasie teruggeplaas moet word, moet die splitpen eers verwyder word en daarna die teken van die hingsel verwyder word en dan is twee hande nodig om die instrument te bedien waarin die teken (of soos ons dit sommer noem die tablet), teruggeplaas moet word. By die stasie net duskant Randfontein, Middelvlei, moes ons eers weer wag dat die trein deur Randfontein aangeneem moet word voordat ons dan 'n teken sal kry om te vertrek. By Middelvleistasie aangekom, moet ek die teken dan vir die stasievoorman met 'n draaibeweging na die agterkant toe gooi, maar dit moet 'n goed-beoordeelde aksie wees sodat n mens nie per ongeluk die stasievoorman raakgooi nie. Ek probeer my bes en daar gooi ek sowaar sommer die teken in die stasiegebou in, reg by sy sinjaalraam. 26


Ons stop toe by die voorste ruimtemerk en wag. Toe dit tyd word om te ry, kom die stasievoorman met die volgende trajek se teken aangeloop na die lokomotief toe. Toe hy op die lokomotief klim, sê hy so ewe vir Oom Arch: “Hierdie assistent van jou is so oulik, hy gooi sommer die tablet in die stasiegebou in”. Oom Jan, weereens met sy unieke humorsin, sê vir die stasievoorman: "Pleks jy die instrument oopgehou het, dan het hy dit sommer daarin gegooi." Wat 'n lekker geskater het dit afgegee juis omdat ons mos weet dit kan nie gedoen word nie. Iets wat my altyd sal bybly is die manier waarop Oom Jan Archer ander mense as baie belangriker as homself geag het. In 1973 het die SAL die nuwe Boeing 747's aangekoop. Die Suiderkruisfonds het 'n spesiale huurvlug Durban toe te reel ter insameling van fondse. Oom Arch en tannie Suzie was bevriend met tannie Elsie Potgieter wat die vlug gereel het. Oom Jan het vir my van die Durbanvlug vertel en ek wou baie graag hierdie ekskursie Durban toe met my vriendin Alta (wat later my vrou geword het) deel. Ongelukkig was daar nie genoeg plek op die vliegtuig nie. Ek het dadelik besluit dat ek nie sal saamgaan nie maar Oom Jan het gesê dat hy by die huis sal bly. Ek kon doen en sê wat ek wou, van besluit wou Oom Jan, wat dit die meeste verdien het om so 'n naweek saam met sy gesin Durban toe te gaan, het sy plek opgegee sodat ek en Alta albei kon gaan. Tannie Sue, sê op 'n stadium vir hom dat hulle kan reël dat hy by die vlieënier sit, want dis 'n spesiale huurvlug, maar hy het by sy standpunt gebly. Daar is ons toe Durban toe sonder hom. En terloops, raai wat het dit gekos het? R42.00 per persoon vir 'n retoerkaaartjie en 'n nag in die Malibu-hotel in Durban, aandete, bed en ontbyt ingesluit. Om 'n radio na die werk te bring was een van die groter oortredings. Dit was 'n absolute taboe. Ek onthou van 'n geval waar een van die streekkantoor se inspekteurs by 'n treindrywer op Vereenigingstasie opgeklim het en gesien het hulle luister radio. Hy het die radio gevat en stukkend geslaan bokant die meters van die lokomotief en vir die treindrywer gesê: "Ek sien jou in die streekkantoor hieroor". Oom Jan het getrou na die vervolgverhaal op Springbokradio, Die Banneling, gesluister. Op n dag dag werk ons 'n ontplofbarestowwetrein Klerksdorp toe. Met so 'n trein moet 'n lokomotiefinspekteur jou vergesel. Dit raak lateraan middag en Oom Jan brand om na sy vervolgverhaal te luister, maar weet hy nie hoe om die saak te benader nie. Hy dink toe n wit leuntjie uit en vra vir die Lokomotiefinspekteur of hy nie asseblief die trein so bietjie wil dryf nie, want hierdie tyd van die middag kry hy erge hoofpyn en wil net so bietjie in die agterste lokomotief gaan sit en ontspan. Die Lokomotiefinspekteur snap toe onmiddellik wat aangaan en hy sê so ewe vir Oom Jan: "Sit maar jou radio aan, ek luister ook na ‘Die Banneling’”. Fanjan Coetzee skrywe oor die staaltjies tydens sy betrokkenheid met die padryleerskool saam met Oom Jan Archer vanaf +-1977 en later:

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Tydens Oom Jan Archer se terugkeer na die Spoorwee as 'n konsultant (vir 5 jaar lank) was sy missie die ontwikkeling van behoorlike en gestruktureerde padkennisopleiding vir treindrywers. Deur die geskiedenis heen was daar maar altyd die ding oor die werk van 'n treindrywer waar daar altyd maar altyd die moontlikheid was van meningsverskille. Die rede was eenvoudig. Die treindrywer het nooit nodig gehad om oor die praktiese uitvoering van sy werk met iemand te praat nie. Hy was op die lokomotief saam met sy stoker of sy drywersassistent en hulle is met die loslokomototief/we na 'n terrein waar hulle 'n vrag aangehaak het en as die vakuumrem voldoende was en die vrag was aangeneem vorentoe; dis nou op die roete waarheen die vrag bestem is, dan kan jy vertrek. Van daar af is dit die treindrywer en sy "maat". Op die roete is dit dan nou die plig van albei om vir mekaar sinjale te herhaal sodat daar nie verwarring by die treindrywer is oor die aspekte nie. Die assistent sal die lokomotiewe patrolleer soos deur die treindrywer verlang, gewoonlik net nadat die trein deur elke stasie gery het. Daarna sal hy al die lesings en waarnemings soos masjienerie wat warm is of instrumente se lesings sodat hy dit kan vergelyk met die instrumentlesings in die voorste kajuit. Wat die trajek se uitleg aanbetref en die hantering van die trein het die treindrywer sy eie oordeel aan die dag moes lê na gelang van die gewig en lengte van die vrag en die hellings en sinjaalplasings en aspekte wat deur sinjale vertoon word. Waar sou meningsverskille dan inkom? Elke treindrywer het sy eie interpretering van sy kennis van trajekuitleg en die gepaardgaande treinhantering gehad. So sal een treindrywer die versnellingshefboom langer oophou in aandrywing en sodoende meer energie opwek as sy mede treindrywer. Dit sal weer meebring dat hy vroeër moet remme aanwend wat weer 'n negatiewe uitwerking gehad het om die slytasie van remblokke. Is dit verkeerd gewees? Nee. Elke persoon wat aan sy eie oordeel oorgelaat is tydens padkennisopleiding, het sekerlik ok die reg om dit wat hy homself geleer het, ook dan te interpreteer soos hy goeddunk. Die Spoorweë het dit destyds toe goedgedink om hierdie uitdaging aan te spreek want as ons almal die treine so na as moontlik dieselfde kan hanteer, sal dit ons uiteindelike elektrisiteitsverbruik mos verminder en sodoende 'n baie meer ekonomiese verbruik hê. Die Spoorweë besluit toe om 'n groep senior treindrywers 28


te keur om opleiding te doen om juis hierdie aspek aan te spreek, Ek was toe nie meer in die Transvaal nie. Ek is as senior drywersassistent verplaas Durban toe. Een van die treindrywers was natuurlik Oom Jan Archer. Dan was daar ander ook Oom Jan Olivier en ai, ek kan nie die ander name onthou nie. En dit was die voorloper van wat uiteindelik die Getsruktureerde Pakennisklasopleiding se geboorte was. En ons in die moderne eeu sê mos dan sommer dit was die mees ‘amazingste’ ding gewees wat ooit met die werk van 'n treindrywer kon gebeur. Almal kan nou ewe skielik uit een mond praat! Ek het eers toe ek weer in 1978 van Durban af teruggekom het op 'n ruilbasis met 'n ander treindrywer wat weer destyds van Durban af hierheen gekom het, deel gehad aan die Padkennisopleiding in 'n klaskamer vir die teoretiese deel en dan gaan ry jy op 'n lokomotief en word dan onderwerp aan 'n padkennistoets waar 'n lokomotiefinspekteur saam met jou ry om dan te oordeel of jy die teorie en die praktyk aanvaarbaar kan "versoen". Waar dit voor die gestruktureerde padkennisopleiding treindrywers, vernaanlik die wat van ander depots oorgeplaas was ons depot toe, tussen 6 en 18 maande geneem het om al die trajekte te leer en getoets te wees, het ons 'n proefneming gemaak met die koms van die Padleerrytuig om 'n groep treindrywers volledig gekwalifiseer gekry oor al die trajekte in 2 maande en 2 weke. Dit was 'n fantastiese kompliment vir die gestruktureerde padkennisopleiding. Mnr Hilton Park wat destyds ons streekinginieur was, het gepoog om soveel blootstelling as wat moontlik was aan die padleerrytuig of soos hy dit destyds "gedoop" het, die "Universiteit op Wiele" te gee. Oom Jan het n meriete sertifikaat vir “BESONDERE PERSOONLIKE INISIATIEF MET DIE INSTELLING VAN ‘N PADLEERSKOOL” gekry.

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Destyds toe Oom Hendrik Schoeman waargeneem het as die Staatspresident was hy en 'n hele Parlementêrestudiegroep ook genooi om saam te kom en te ervaar wat op die "Universiteit op Wiele" gedoen word. 'n Groep bedryfsamptenare het saam Volksrust toe gegaan om te sien hoe die verdubbeling van die enkelspoorlyn tussen Glenroy en Volksrust voltooi is. Op n ander geleentheid was een van die gaste prof. dr. Scheepers; adjunk-direkteurgeneraal van Mannekrag. Met die indiensstelling van die sirkelroete tussen Johannesburg en Soweto het hy tot die destydse burgermeester van Soweto, mnr Shabalala genooi om die bekendstelling mee te maak, want daar was groot verwarring met passasiers wat vanaf Johannesburg na Soweto moet reis. Hulle was al die jare gewoond dat die treine vanaf Johannesburg na Soweto aan die westekant die stasie verlaat en nou ewe skielik kan hulle ook met treine wat Johannesburgstasie aan die oostekant verlaat, ook Soweto toe ry. Om dit nog makliker vir passasiers te maak het hulle 'n syskyf met 'n groot letter "C" wat aan die kante van die end-voertuie geheg is, passasiers op hulle gemak probeer kry. As hulle dan 'n trein met so 'n syskyf sien moet hulle bewus wees dat die trein wel Soweto toe gaan, ongeag watter rigting dit Johannesburgstasie verlaat. Die deelname en blootstelling van die Baie Belangrike Persone (BBPs) is nie die eintlike rede hoekom ek dit genoem het nie, maar oor Oom Jan Archer se ander inisiatief, wat n verrykende instelling geword het. Oom Jan het met die voorstel gekom dat, wanneer ons hierdie BBP's saam met ons op die "Universiteit op Wiele� neem, ons hulle nie sonder enige drink- en eetgoed kan saamneem nie. Dit is net aar waar een van die mooiste gebare wat ek bevoorreg was om deel van te wees posgevat het. Elkeen wat betrokke was met die opleiding het hulle genoodsaak gevoel om in te spring en van elke moontlike geleenteheid 'n absolute ervaring te maak. Elkeen van ons het uit onse harte uit hulle eie sakke gegee, sonder om enige iets ooit van die Spoorwee terug te verhaal.

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die betrokke oggende opgestaan en klein vetkoekies en maalvleis gemaak. Oom Jan de Klerk wat die destydse streekinspekteur, padkennisopleiding was, se vrou het vir ons twee blikke toebroodjies gemaak. My vrou, Alta het elke keer vir ons appeltert gemaak. Ons detsydse streekbestuurder het met hulle een besoek gesĂŞ hy wil asseblief die appeltertresep hĂŞ om saam Windhoek toe te neem.

Fanjan en Alta Coetzee Op n ander geleentheid het het ons selfs braaivleis op gasstowe gemaak agter in die padleerrytuig. Ek onthou nog op Johannesburgstasie het ons bietjie lank gestaan en die passasiers vir 'n rukkie moes uitklim om nie te veel rook in te asem nie. George Noah wat vandag 'n hoofinspekteur is, was een van die manne wat gehelp het om dit 'n groot suskses te maak. Tot ons groot terleurstelling het Jan de Klerk se opvolger besluit om dadelik reĂŤlings te tref dat die verversingsdepartement die proviand voorsien vir sulke geleenthede, maar dit was wonderlik om te kon gee vir so lank. Oom Arch het seker nooit besef wat die werklike effek van sy voorstel was nie. Dit was so lekker om deel van so iets groots te wees en dat ons kon weet ons as gewone werknemers hierdie inisiatief eintlik namens bestuur geneem en al hierdie wonderlike dinge aangepak en wie was die inspirasie? Oom Jan Archer.

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I would not be surprised if this photo of Tish Archer and her father Jan Archer was taken by Les Pivnic or SAS-SAR Magazine - HBH

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RAILWAY NEWS & ANECDOTES Free State & Natal: Bill Deyzel • Kroonstad

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Twee 6E’ s staan in Kroonstad Loko vanoggend 24 01 2014

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Pentrich Sta in NGR style

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18E’s: Phil du Plessis Ek plaas die 18E nommers met hulle oorspronklike loko nommers. Lys akuraat tot ongeveer 20 maande gelede toe Spekies (hoof meganiese tekenaar van die 18E projek met pensioen is). Ek sal kyk of my ander kontakte ook nommers het oor die laaste 20 maande.

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An excerpt of a conversation on Facebook re the above 18E-numbers AndrĂŠ Kritzinger Stefan, E1728 is 18-634. Japie, Loop kyk by https://en.wikipedia.org/.../South_African_Class_18E...

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en.wikipedia.org Beginning in 2000 Spoornet embarked on a program to rebuild its Class 6E1, Series 3 to Series 11 locomotives to Class 18E, Series 1 locomotives. Most of the Class 6E1s that had previously been reclassified or modified to Class 16E or Class 17E were rebuilt to Class 18E as well.[3] AndrĂŠ Kritzinger ...en by https://en.wikipedia.org/.../South_African_Class_18E...

South African Class 18E, Series 2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org Beginning in 2000 Spoornet embarked on a program to rebuild Class 6E1, Series 6 to Series 11 locomotives to Class 18E, Series 1 locomotives. Most of the Class 6E1s that had previously been reclassified or modified to Class 16E or Class 17E were rebuilt to Class 18E as well.[2] Phil du Plessis: “Die basiese veranderings is soos volg, as ons in die tegniese detail ingaan sal ons vir dae hier skryf. Kap 2 is nou die dryfkap. Kap 1 is nou n toilet en in later modelle word ook die batterye hier geberg. Die beheer word deur n rekenaar gedoen (Agate stelsel van Alstom, selfde as 9E). Die weerstands banke is vervang en dien ook as die rheostaat weerstaande. Die problematiese weakfield cam switch het nou n sensor by om feedback na die rekenaar te gee of dit geskakel het of nie. Alle lyn, R-skakelaars het feedback sodat die rekenaar weet watter skakelaars is foutief asook baie ander toerusting soos bv. MA/GEN stel ens. Die 110V Stelsel is basies gelos soos dit was. Daar is nie meer n master controller en series/ parallel omskakel nie. Die drywer het nou n joy stick en loko skakel automaties tussen series/ parallel. Dit het maande geneem om die sagteware te skryf vir die automatiese series/parallel wat na spoed, stroom en EMF kyk om skakel te maak. Jy kan ook Series Hold selekteer om lokos in series te forseer as die lynspanning laag is. Jy kan kies hoeveel jy in series hold wil he in jou stel. As jy niks doen nie, sal van die lokos afskakel as die lynspanning laag is om skade aan die weerstaande te voorkom en weer aanskakel as die spanning verbeter. Die lokos het tans geen Regen. Die trekkrag motors is almal back-to-back getoets, tot 25% van die motors was afgekeur in die begin as gevolg van gehalte. Die drywer kan elke loko op sy skerm sien en weet wat die strome is wat elke loko trek asook die totale lyn stroom en baie meer inligting. Die blasers is nou AC motors en inverters word gebruik om hulle aan te dryf. Baie aandag was aan die kap gegee en aircon was ook in gesit. Die drywer hoof nie meer af te notch as die lokos gly nie, elke loko kyk na 44


homself en doen regstelling op elke bogie soos nodig, drywer kan bv. volveld aanvra, rekenaar doen berekeninge en sal bv. net kerf 16 gee. Vir alle praktiese redes is dit n nuwe loko en Transnet uit sy grootste moeilikheid gehelp, die upgrade was net vir 7 jaar beplan, kyk hoe lank loop hulle al. Soos ek se ons kan vir dae hier aangaan en die veranderings van die 18E bespreek. Die grootste probleem en hulle kan my maar skiet, niemand kyk na die sand toerusting nie, en nie enige aap kan aan hulle werk nie want jy moet na die fout logs kyk of jou notebook in plug wat jou presies sal se waar die probleem is. As hulle die sand toerusting onderhou, die MA stel met n inverter vervang, die weakfield cam vervang met n lug stelsel sal die 18E n baie nice loko wees”.

• E18001 Phil du Plessis: “Net so terloops, E18001 was nie deel van die aanvanglikke lokos in diens nie. Die loko het vir jare by Sentrarand gestaan vanwaar on toetse gedoen het. Na meeste van die toetse voltooi was, was groot gedeeltes van E18001 verander asook bedrading ens. om haar weer aanpasbaar te maak by die ander”.

• Lys van 18E No’s André Kritzinger: “Hier's solank die lys waar die 6E1-nommers omgeruil is: (Ek hou maar nog by my lys want die nommers is al drie keer so bevestig, eers uit my eie notas, en daarna nog twee keer op afsonderlike spreadsheets wat van Koedoespoort af verkry is.)”

André Kritzinger Hier is 'n lys van die 6E1 nommers op Phil se lys wat nie klop nie want dieselfde 6E1 nommers is reeds gelys by ander 18E nommers. Nou, om die regte nommers te probeer ontsyfer by dié op my lys wat nog vraagtekens het, plus nog 'n paar...

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AndrĂŠ Kritzinger OK, hier's wat oorbly: Ek het nie die 6E1 nommer vir 18-435 nie, en Phil ook nie. Op Phil se lys is nommers vir 18-652 en 18-653, maar hulle is dalk ook omgeruil. Verder klop alles mooi. Sal laat weet as die Wikipedia-lyste reg is. Gaan nou eers my Chessie System bietjie laat loop tot my kop ophou klop...

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• 18001: Willem Fouchè Willem Fouche 18-001 in die Laeveld waar ons haar deur haar passies gesit het, foto gesken deur Oom Coen:

“Oom Coen in aksie”:

“Weereens ‘n foto geskenk deur Oom Coen”:

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Phil du Plessis: “Daar is een van ons toetsrytuie 15082 in die middel van die stel”.

Kimberley: William Drew Higgo Beaconsfield visitors: 43’s for Kumba Iron Ore. Numbers on the cabs read F1230400, F123-0500 and F123-0600. 10 July 2013. Pic: WDH

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Kaserne: Jaco Holtzhausen • Night duty

Cape: Scott Jesser • 15E

E15.061 near Elands Bay (17 October 2013).

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• 35Class Diesels

35.413 + 35.065 at Liebendal, near Lutzville (15 October 2013)

Joyce van der Vyfer: Cape • 9E

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9E met ‘n lee ertstrein wat wag in Lus 2 naby Elandsbaai 20140104. (Die 9E stoot agter.)

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Metro from Muldersvlei via Stellenbosch returning to Cape Town.

Natal • Jacobus Marais Jacobus from Merrivale in Natal has been very busy capturing various trains on the Natal System. Here are some of his exceptional photos:

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Francois Mattheüs: Suid-Afrikaaanse Spoorweë / SA Railways / Ulolwe [22 January ] “14110 en 14106 doen hierdie week diens op die Bloutrein. Brackenfell, 22 Jan 2014. Die brandskade wat destyds deur 104 veroorsaak is, begin nou te wys”. You, Jade Wilson, Pieter van Rooyen, Fanus Jansen Van Rensburg and 19 others like this. Paul Eybers: Lekker ou dae daai oom Hennie om op hulle te gewerk het Martin Nel: Ek wil ook nie die prentjie skaak nie, maar is ook te arm vir die BT. Ek het 'n toer gedoen vir Khokha Moya toere op 'n stadium in die Laeveld. Die toeriste was almal vanaf Kaapstad. Ek ry toe met 'n bus af Kaap toe. Het hulle op Kaapstasie ontmoet in Hennie Heymans: Paul Eybers - jy moet eendag weer kom kuier dan maak ek klankopnames van al jul kaskenades in die kombuiswa! Maar ek sal nie "uitpraat" nie - ek ken julle Recce's! Ek sal spek reg hê, jy kan die omlette maak! Dan hou ons 'n fees. Ons moet so in die 2de week van Februarie bymekaar kom? Paul Eybers: Ek gaan jou laat weet sit miskien op Weskus. Paul Mills: Ek moet bietjie spog dan... ek en 'n skoolpêl het in 1978 ons sakgeld gespaar, Bloutrein van Pretoria na Potchefstroom gery ... met ete ... was R16.00. Moes met gewone voorstedelike treine ry Kempton-Pretoria en daarna Potch-Jhb-Germiston-Kempton ry. Dink dit was 'n verdere R9.00. PS ek het nog my kaartjie EN die spyskaart. Kan ook onthou 'n gesprek met die destydse Spaanse ambassadeur in die "lounge carriage".

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36007 & 36015 - Goodwood, 28 Jan 2014

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SAS-blik: Danie Heymans Ek het aangehou soek tot ek ‘n blik by ‘n kollega gekry het, daar is baie vlekke maar ek sal dit uitkry!

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You, Div De Villiers, Jade Wilson, Christel Herselman and 27 others like this. Duppie Du Plessis Glo die blik gaan mooi lyk as jy met hom klaar is 21 January at 21:57 — Like Chris De Vos Spit en polish!! 21 January at 22:00 — Like Krieks V D Merwe Ek besit ook nog een wat van die stoom afkomstig is,ek dink hy moet weer in gebruik geneem word. 21 January at 22:27 — Like Heinrich Nel Myne werk nog al die tyd van die stoomdae af, 22 January at 06:36 — Like Danie Heymans ek gaan hom mooi blikmaak dan gaan ek hom elke dag gebruik 22 January at 07:39 — Like — 1 Daan Otto Ek het ook een wat ek by Bokkie Mostert gekry het tesame met een van daai geel 3 kleur handlampe maar met die book-offs is dit moeilik met al die bagasie om die blik te gebruik. 22 January at 08:52 — Like Wilma Bester-Geldenhuys Wonder wat van my oorlede pa se trommel geword het? 22 January at 13:14 — Like Hennie Heymans Danie Heymans - jy maak my skoon jaloers met daai blik! Mag ek 'n storie oor so 'n blik vertel? Ek was 'n jong konstabel en my “eerste blanke moord” wat ek moes bywoon was op 'n Sondagmiddag. Ek en my bemanning het Wentworth se "van" uitgehelp met 'n klagte te SJ Smith-hostel. Terwyl daar so ligte "faction fight" aan die gang is, kom daar 'n boodskap oor die lug van 'n moord. Dit was 'n kode 16 – “wit op wit”. My kollega van Wentworth roep my en sê ek het 'n moord om by te woon, hy het bevestig; dis ernstig en ons moet ry, Die ouens wat baklei word verwittig ons het 'n moord om by te woon en hulle moet ophou baklei. Hulle respekteer toe ons wens om op te hou veg - sodat ons die moord kan bywoon. By die moorsd aangekom 'n jong dame vir my 'n vreeslike verhaal vertel. Haar ouers was uithuisig. Hulle het twee loseerders en die een het haar gegryp en hy wou haar kamer toe sleep, by die kombuis verby kry sy die groot vlymskerp vleismes in die hande en druk dit tussen die man se ribbes in. Die resultaat hy los 61


haar en sterf net daar. Die bloed het soos dik lewer langs sy lyk gelê. Die reuk van bloed het in die lug gehang en die brommers was voor my daar! Loseerder No 2 was 'n man van die voetplaat. Hy het intussen reggemaak vir 'n Sondagmiddag skof en hy wil sy gepakte blik hê wat op die tafel staan. Reël No 1 in die SAP mbt misdaadtonele is: BESKERM DIE TONEEL. "Konstabel kan ek my blik vat?" Nou is ek vas, wat nou? "Mens kan aan niks vat voor die speurders nie gekom het nie". Ek dink toe nog en gee toestemming - voor ek kon sê hy moes "aqter om stap" en by die kombuisdeur ingaan tree hy vinnig oor die lyk en gryp sy blik! Ek sê toe niks - en toe was daar niks - die PG het geweier om die dametjie te vervolg - dit was selfverdediging. So leer mens elke dag. Danie Heymans jou blik het my teruggevat na 'n moord van 49 jaar gelede!. 22 January at 14:45 — Like — 3 Danie Heymans Hennie dankie ja baie interessante storie. 22 January at 14:59 — Like Bottom of Form

Rhodesia Railways • Chapt 1: via various Members of the BSAP

Bala Bala with Dining Room [1911]

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Banket Junction & PO Banket Junction [1916] Photo DM Rind

Bulawayo Station 1901

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Figtree Hotel

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Gwanda 1960

• RR: Bruno Martin: Australia Greetings Hennie I’ve attached a scan of the map from the 1965 RR timetable (I’ve also scanned all 16 pages of the TT, but I’ll have to covert them to individual pages in JPEG format if you would like to include them too) The 20 pages of images for the “Relics around Pietermaritzburg” have been completed and converted to JPEG format; I’ll have to email them in small batches because I can only send 5Mb at a time. How much can your gmail inbox store? Kind regards Bruno

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No 34 88 “Enchantess”: Richard Niven

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Opening Sabie River Bridge

Beste Hennie

Ek het op die Internet met belangstelling gelees uit die Ulolwe Suid-Afrika. Ek is tans besig om aan ‘n boek te werk oor die Tzaneen omgewing en is op soek na goeie foto’s in digitale-formaat van die Selati Spoorlyn, veral wat die bou betref in die Tzaneen omgewing. Jy verwys êrens na ‘n foto van Hugh Exton, wat tydens die opening geneem is. Wil graag hoor of jy nie vir my sulke foto’s het nie. Sal die nodige erkenning gee.

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Western Cape • Wolseley – Ceres Line: David Settle

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• Malmesbury Train at Bellville: David Settle

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• Cape Town Shunter: David Settle

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• E1552 at Bellville: David Settle

E1552 met 36-001 en 'n paar metro rytuie – E1552 with diesel 36-001 and a few Metro coaches

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• 35-457: David Settle

35-457 — at Oosterzee station.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO02871_pMo This will give you an idea of what’s happening to our railways in Southern Africa, Transnet included. What struck me was that they don’t have Walkie –talkies to shunt with! And they also use RTW radio track warrants, you’ll see when he visits the train control officers – the diagram is exactly what we use here, there is even a Spoornet diagram on the wall!! The worrying bit is that the drivers can’t be reached on radioR Now this is essential for radio train operating!! Let me give you an example: Let’s say I want to depart from Welkom to Whites with a train. I’ll get Kroonstad RTO over the radio. “Kroonstad this is driver Jacque Wepener on train no. 4571. Permission to proceed from Welkom to Whites.” “Driver Jacque – this is Train Control Officer Lourens van Dyk at Kroonstad. The date is 2014/01/17, the time is 16:30. Token number 546732 for train number 4571. Permission to proceed from Welkom to Whites Repeat. I’ll then repeat all this, once the TCO is satisfied he’ll say; “Correct – you may depart for Whites” – I’ll say thanks and say departing for Whites. He’ll then say thanks you may proceed. When I arrive at Whites I’ll repeat all this and say I have arrived at Whites. So how on earth they get away with no radios is amazingR Cheers.

Refrigreration Problems: No “Blue Lights”: J & J Wepener Hi Hennie. Many anxious hours were often experienced when, the Station staff received a message, that a LA refrigerator truck in the shed or en-route. Was not showing it’s blue light. A LA truck without it’s tell tale blue flickering light meant “Problems”. With the light off, it was a warning of, the large diesel motor, the compressor or other freezing equipment having stopped or become out of service [OS]. Should the LA be in the shed at the station or in a private siding, the owner would be asked not to load, but keep his own delivery trucks refrigerator equipment running, until the LA had been repaired. If the LA was en-route this was an even bigger problem. 81


Station staff becoming aware of a LA equipment failure, phoned the necessary, technical staff, to come out at once to complete the necessary repairs. In many cases this involved a long distance by road to the station in question. As mentioned if the perishables had not yet been loaded, the sender kept the consignment cold in their own transport or refrigerators at their private siding. Once the LA was back in running order, the consignment would be loaded. In many cases goods trains were delayed, to enable the LA to be cleared immediately loading and the sealing of the truck were completed. In other cases trains were stopped, the LA attached for quick clearing. The LA with perishable traffic en-route was another matter. Should the technical staff be waiting the repair/s could start immediately, causing the minimum of delay. But it had to be considered that in many cases the entire train was express perishable traffic, this train could not be delayed. The faulty LA quickly shunted off, the train then departed. A bigger problem was if the faulty truck had to await the technical staff. Station staff would take very frequent and regular temperature readings and record these in the LA’s log book*. On arrival of the technical staff, repairs were carried out with all haste. Once the LA was ready to proceed, the first available train would be used to clear this LA truck. * Log book used in enquiry, should a claim be considered. Log book also had record of services and any other previous break downs. All station staff were on the lookout, when informed of LA trucks on a train. Operating staff especially, making the necessary notes in train registers or other trains working books. With the mass transport of all types of goods by road today, the use of LA trucks ceased and all have since been scrapped. No more blue flashing lights, quite a sight at night with a long load of LA trucks in tow. Gone also the teams of technical staff, waiting a call out at all hours day or night. The blue lights were mounted on the back of the diesel motor. Looked like a large two lens, truck mud guard indicator light, with two blue lenses. The Railways had above Blue lights. Plus Green, Purple, Red, White and Yellow, signal lamps/lights. Groete, John and Jacque.

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• Digital Work

NOSTALGIA • Now that's a REAL Christmas present: 1930s Meccano set that's still in its original packaging is set to sell for £15,000 Classic toy dates from 1930 and is up for auction at Bonhams this month The red car still has its original packaging and instructions 87


It comes bundled with a silver version of the same car from 1995 By Kieran Corcoran Published: 16:45 GMT, 13 January 2014 | Updated: 20:21 GMT, 13 January 2014 A kit to build a toy car which has stayed in its original packaging for more than 80 years is expected to sell for more than a new, full-sized car. A red Meccano kit which dates from 1930 has been unearthed by auctioneers Bonhams, and will be put on sale later this month. The kit contains its original instructions, and is bundled in a wooden case with a more recent silver edition of the same kit.

Set: The classic red Meccano set, from 1930, is bundled with a silver version from 1995

Intricate: The red toy car, seen here inside its box, has never been unpackaged The ornate miniatures - touted for decades as 'the Perfect Miniature Motor Cars' are powered by a wind-up clockwork motor. They go on sale as a bundle during Bonhams' two-day 'Gentleman's Library' sale taking place on 28-29 January in 88


Knightsbridge. The toys are stored in a brass-banded box, which holds both kits which have never been assembled - in a 56cm x 44cm x 22.5cm space. The lot has been given a guide price of between ÂŁ10,000 and ÂŁ15,000. The older kit forms the Meccano number 2 model constructor clockwork motor car, famous for its vivid red body and light blue trim.

Instructions: This manual from 1930 shows how to construct the vehicle

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Bundled: The 1930 red car is being offered at auction alongside this silver version from 1995 The silver model dates from 1995, and is branded with the maker's mark for Garrard and Co Ltd, London. A statement from Bonhams said: 'The inter-war years saw Meccano produce some of the finest quality mass-produced metal toys ever made in the UK. 'After 1920, its range expanded, with the successful Aeroplane and Motor Car Constructor sets appearing on the market in consecutive years. 'The motor car models consist of custom parts that allow a range of car variations, and are driven by powerful Clockwork Motors, fueling long, speedy runs on just one winding.' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538663/The-kit-car-thatsexpensive-real-car-1930s-Meccano-set-worth-15-000-originalpackaging.html#ixzz2qLLKeaTo Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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GAUTRAIN NEWS: FEBRUARY 2014: J JACOBS

Gautrain News: Compiled by Johan Jacobs

Dear Gautrain train and or bus commuter we acknowledge the complaints, compliments and feedback you have provided to us via our social media platforms, we escalate these to the appropriate persons and or departments accordingly. We would like to however encourage you to use the official website as the main platform to lodge these matters on: http://join.gautrain.co.za/Contact.aspx

LETTERS • Boeing 737-900 [Ontvang vanaf Paul Mills via HBH] Boeing 737 weergawe, langer as die wat SAL pla plaaslik aslik gebruik. (737-800) (737 Het op hom gevlieg by Shenzhen-Hangzhou Hangzhou.

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• Ray Ellis: Australia Hi Hennie, As you may remember, I am a member of the UK based WWII Railway Study Group. Attached is a page from their journal this month which has links to useful and interesting websites. Have a lookR Cheers

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• Krupp k5 Railway Mounted Gun: Trevor Alborough: NZ Hennie, Recently Johannes Botha was wondering about the identity of a German Railway Gun. (Uloliwe Vol4, issue 9, p110). It looks similar to a Lima Model I brought in about 1980, and I have in a box with the catalog number "30 9319". Was Johannes' model repainted? There are some good articles with photos on the Internet about this gun at: • • •

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krupp_K5 http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=526 http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol133lw.html

In summary: The gun was developed in the 1930s and saw service in WW2. Two were captured after the Anzio beach landings (Anzio Annie and Anzio Express to Allies or Leopold and Robert to the Axis forces) and shipped to the USA, and is now at Fort Lee in Virginia. Technical details of Krupp K5: Barrel Length: 21.5 Metres Caliber: 283mm Rifling: 12 x 7mm deep grooves Shell: 255Kg Number produced: 25 Aiming was achieved either by using a curved piece of track, of constructing a "Vögele Turntable" in front of it such the the forward bogies were perpendicular to the main track. I've attached some photos of my model: Trevor Alborough

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• Alex Faria: Cape Town Hello Hennie, Ek het hierdie foto’s in die Richmond museum vir jou afgeneem maar toe vergeet ek om hulle saam met die ander treinfoto’s te stuur. Hierdie kaart lys die name van alle Suid-Afrikaanse stasies wat op daardie tydstip bestaan het. Ongelukkig kan jy nie die stasies se name uitmaak op die foto van die volle kaart nie so ek het ‘n paar fotos van sekere streke afgeneem. Maak een van die kleiner fotos oop dan sit jy jou “cursor” op die vergrootglas onderaan die foto en maak die prent groter. Dan sal jy die name kan lees. Dit is ‘n baie buitengewone kaart ! Tjeers 96


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• From our Patron, Les Pivnic Hello Hennie and Jacque, First - Jacque - thanks for providing the link to the latest issue. Your list of "Railway Speak" was very interesting but it needs some comment. 1. The "Balstamper" was a nick-name attached to the class 5E - NOT the 3E. The 5E had "Henricot" bogies which gave a very firm ride to the crew - hence the name "Balstamper". 2. Electric locomotives in SAR days always placed the class number first - then the 97


"E". In other words - units were referred to as class 4E, class 1E etc, - not E4 or E1. 3. "Pendrol" rail fastenings should read "Pandrol". 4. The spelling of the loco valve gear is "Walschaerts". 5. The older suburban coaches on the SAR were known as "Side-Door" coaches not "Slam Door" which was a British term. 6. The tenders on the last order for 19D’s, 24’s and S2’s were known in SAR loco depots as "Torpedo" tenders. The name "Van der Bilt was an American term. 7. The "Windhond" was a term attached to the class 16E. •

Hennie:

On page 52 - the loco depicted is a class S2 - not an S1. The comment above is offered in a friendly spirit! Again a very interesting issue - thanks! Cheers •

Sorry Sir - Hennie

• Long Toms: Trevor Alborough • Louis Changuion: "Silence of the guns" Hennie, In the Jan 2014 edition of Uloliwe you show some photos of Long Tom guns. If anyone is interested in reading about the history of these guns an excellent book on the subject is Louis Changuion's "Silence of the guns" (Protea Book House). It is unlikely that these guns ever passed through Durban as that would have been hostile territory even before the war. It is also interesting to note the role the railway workshops played in the war effort. When one of the guns had been damaged by the British it was returned to Pretoria where the muzzle was shortened at the railways workshops - which reduced its range by about 1600 meters. It still had an effective range of about 8200 meters! After its "circumcision" it was nicknamed "the Jew" and continued in service. The Long Toms also had an issue with detonators not working as expected. It would seem that only after the state of the war were shells regularly fired at maximum range. The forces involved in such firing meant the detonators often over tighten and 98


shear off. Once again the railways workshops came to the rescue when they diagnosed the issue and came up with a solution: machine off the last threads on the detonator so once screwed down it could "free-wheel" instead of over tightening and shearing off. Trevor Alborough

Locomotives International: Wilfred Mole Guys, Please find attached a recent article which appeared in UK magazine Locomotives International on Sandstone which I thought you might find of interest. Regards, Wilfred E. Mole Sandstone Estates (Pty) Ltd

Sandstone Mark IV Sherman returning from a Military Parade at Tempe, Bloemfontein last week The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars. William Westmoreland

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Tel: +27 11 805 4692 or +27 805 6530 Fax: +27 11 805 5209 Visit our website: www.sandstonewww.sandstone-estates.com Follow us on Facebook: "Preserving the best of our past for the future" Please note the dates for our 2014 Easter Festival are 12th-21st April 2014

THE MARRKET PLACE • Eric Bekker Hi guys, I'm looking for 4-8-2 Mehano Mountain locomotives as a matter of urgency. I need the chassis to build SAR locos.

• Books: Steel Kayalami Vol’s 1 & 2: Dennis Moore Kimberley - De Aar steam: Good News... And also info on S.A.R. narrow gauge steam.

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Good News. My two earlier titles on “The Steel Kyalami” have been re-issued in a second edition. (Pictures of the covers are attached for your information.) Not only that, but as well as (of course) being available in the very large landscape format 33cm x 28cm size (which are unavoidably expensive), they are, following a significant number of requests, also now available in standard landscape size (25cm x 20cm). Priced at $55 (softback) and $65 (hardback + dust jacket) for Volume 1 (160 pages). Volume 2 is a little more as it runs to 178 pages. (Courier charges and taxes (if applicable) have to be added, of course). This is excellent value for print on demand books, for which BLURB are the world leaders. The covers are the same for both sizes of the books so make sure you select the correct version in the bookstore.. If you remember Kimberley – De Aar steam and those magnificent 4-8-4s (although plenty of other classes are also covered) then these books are for you. Can you remember those volcanic starts from Orange River Station on a freezing, clear winter’s morning as a pair of 25NCs gets to grips with their heavy train? If you can , then these books are for you. If you can’t, but want to see what you missed and see 101


why South Africa was such a magnet to steam enthusiasts during those times then these books are for you also! Due to space constraints on the server I can only make these standard landscape versions of the two Kimberley – De Aar books available for a very limited period, probably no more than two weeks, so please don’t delay, if you are interested. Courier delivery for a single book is a little pricey, so if you intend buying both volumes , please do so on one order, as the additional courier costs are negligible. Better still, please have a look at the 14 other titles of mine in the bookstore. (Some e-books, at a very nominal price, are also available) Maybe consider acquiring all the titles you have an interest in into one order, or combine an order with those of your like minded friends. FULL DETAILS OF ALL MY BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE, and the info, full previews, and ordering processes are very simple: Simply go to www.blurb.com engine, and take it from there.

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• S.A.R. Narrow Gauge Steam ARE YOU A FAN OF S.A.R. NARROW GAUGE STEAM RRRRR do you have fond memories of the NG15 2-8-2s, NGG11, 13 & 16 Garratts on the Estcourt – Weenan, Umlaas Road – Mid Illovo, *Port Shepstone – Harding, *Umzinto – Donnybrook, and *Port Elizabeth to Avontuur lines (including their associated branch lines in the case of the latter two) RRRRR.then, more good news. Separate standard landscape size books (more affordable) on the three lines marked * will be published during March this year. For the narrow gauge aficionado, a huge book, covering all of the South African Railways narrow gauge lines will also be issued, covering all of the content of the 3 ‘individual’ books, but much more besides, not least the often overlooked Weenen and Mid Illovo lines. This “combined” volume will be the most lavish pictorial tribute to these powerful locos ever produced. R. It will be available in both standard and very large landscape page sizes. If you want to receive a personal notification when these narrow gauge books are published, please e-mail me, and tell your friends! As always, I do not want to annoy anyone. If you want your name removed from my mailing list, just reply with the word in the body, and it will be done. Thank You and I trust 2014 turns out to be a great year!

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• Wanted: 2nd Hand Mamod stationary model steam engine A friend is interested in acquiring a second hand Mamod stionary steam engine. Please contact Hennie Heymans at: heymanshb@gmail.com

PANDORA’S BOX • Austria Railways in the town of Lienz, in Austria, have been blocked after a metre of snow fell in 48 hours http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550056/Venice-underwater-Frenchvineyards-washed-How-Europe-hit-flooding-huge-downpours-batter-Continent.html Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550056/Venice-underwaterFrench-vineyards-washed-How-Europe-hit-flooding-huge-downpours-batterContinent.html#ixzz2s8mCk3Le Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

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• China: Paul Mills

IMG-20130831-00597: Loop op verhoogte trajek tussen Shanghai en Hangzhou. Gemiddelde spoed 250km/h

• DEA busts Amtrak passenger who had a kilo of cocaine hidden inside a very unconvincing homemade leg cast... complete with fake blood The cast was 'uneven in texture, size and shaping not consistent with... a medical professional' Passengers told drug agents they saw the man ambling around the train without crutches while wearing the cast By RYAN GORMAN PUBLISHED: 00:43 GMT, 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 01:53 GMT, 31 January 2014

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Busted: A California man was arrested after he was found riding an Amtrak train with this cast filled with a kilo of cocaine Federal agents busted a man riding an Amtrak train wearing a leg cast filled with cocaine. Daniel Ramirez, 21, of California, was making the 41-hour journey to Chicago when he was stopped Tuesday by Drug Enforcement Agency officers for questioning during a routine stop in New Mexico, according to court records. Subsequent search led to the discovery of one kilo of cocaine sealed in five separate packages stuffed inside a poorly constructed cast wrapped around his right leg, the documents originally posted to the Smoking Gun revealed.

DEA agents from the Albuquerque field office began questioning the man after they noticed the cast was ' uneven in texture, size and shaping not consistent with that of a cast applied by a medical professional,’ they wrote in their report. Mr Ramirez told agents he was visiting a friend in Chicago, but became ‘increasingly nervous’ to the point ‘his hands were shaking’ under continued prodding. He was asked to remove a sock, this caused the cast to ‘began to crumble and fall off the bottom of his foot,’ authorities said. Looking inside the cast revealed plastic packages. The agents obtained a search warrant, cracked the cast open and found five heatsealed bags packed with about a kilo of cocaine, which retails for about $25,000 on the street, the Smoking Gun noted. Agents cuffed Mr Ramirez and walked him off the train to face felony narcotics charges, but not before another passenger told them he was walking around the train without crutches while wearing the cast. Read more: DEA Nabs Amtrak Passenger Who Had Kilo Of Cocaine Hidden Inside Homemade Leg Cast 105


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2549110/DEA-busts-Amtrakpassenger-kilo-cocaine-hidden-inside-homemade-leg-cast.html#ixzz2rzxWghnA Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

• Now that’s a swing bridge! Chinese engineers build 17,000-ton flyover section at 90 degrees so railway below could remain open… then rotate it into place Engineers took 90 minutes to swivel the structure into place in Wuhan City today The section was built separately so as not to disturb the busy high speed railway track beneath it It was the first time the unusual construction technique was used in the country China is home to the largest high speed rail network in the world By JENNIFER SMITH PUBLISHED: 18:32 GMT, 15 January 2014 | UPDATED: 18:38 GMT, 15 January 2014 Forward-thinking engineers in China are the first in the country to have built a section of an enormous overpass and rotate it into place upon completion so as not to disturb the railways below. A 17,000 ton part of an elevated motorway was today slowly swung into place in Wuhan City after being constructed independently beside a high speed railway track.

Engineers took 90minutes to carefully swing the 17,000-ton structure into place today above a high speed railway track in Wuhan City, central China

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A China Railway High-speed train passes beneath the rotating sector of the bridge today as engineers expertly swivel it into place.

It was the first time the technique had been used in China, with engineers unable to temporarily halt the busy train service in order to build the bridge in place. Experts took 90 minutes to connect the section to the rest of the bridge, tuning it 106 degrees on a 15metre high axis. It was the first time the innovative technique had been used in China. The country has the world's longest high speed rail network with over 6,200 miles of routes in service in December 2012. The track beneath the bridge in Wuhan City was considered too important to be temporarily halted in order for engineers' to complete construction. Once finished, the overpass will be 256m long and span 11 railways, including the 1,428 mile-long Beijing-Guangzhou service. 107


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• It's not like this in the rush hour! Incredible pictures capture eerily deserted early morning London Underground BEFORE the commuters turn up Social media director James Whatley has spent six years compiling the collection of photos from across the capital Paddington, Baker Street, Piccadilly Circus and Waterloo are all caught at their least busy by the 34-year-old By WILLIAM TURVILL PUBLISHED: 11:18 GMT, 29 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:15 GMT, 29 January 2014 These eerie photographs show the London Underground as few see it: empty. Social media director James Whatley, 34, has spent six years compiling the collection, which includes Paddington, Baker Street, Piccadilly Circus, Waterloo and many others at their least busy. ‘It was almost accidental if I’m perfectly honest,’ he says. ‘I’ve spent nearly six years capturing these moments and it was only after the first five that I realised I was making a hobby of it. After a while it became a challenge. Whenever I was in a new station, I found myself looking for the parts that might be empty.' He added: ‘I describe my project as “an absence of occupance” - it’s devoid of the very thing that it was built for. Our London Underground is a permanent timeline of 108


iconic design architecture, and you only really get to see it like that when it is empty.’

This photograph shows an empty Maida Vale station. Sitting on the Bakerloo Line, the station, to the north-west of Paddington, dates back nearly 100 years to 1915

A rare sight: This image, caught by James Whatley, shows Bank-Monument station, which is usually packed with City of London workers during the week

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A Northern Line train approaches the platform at Angel. This station, just east of King's Cross St Pancras, is home to the system's longest escalator, which is 60m long

Queen's Park station, pictured in a deserted state here, was originally built on the main line between London and Birmingham. It has been on the Bakerloo Line since 1915 and was recently added to the London Overground

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Mr Whatley, who has pictured London Bridge here, which is usually packed with commuters during weekday mornings and evenings, says: 'It's actually relatively easy to photograph the stations completely empty. The commuters of the London Underground move like waves; like tides the crowds come in and out'

Paddington station, seen here, connects to the Circle, District, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City lines. It also used to be on the Metropolitan Railway and was part of the world's very first underground line, which ran between this station and Farringdon in 1863

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Regent's Park, on the Bakerloo Line, is often teaming with tourists, often heading to London Zoo. Not here, as Mr Whatley managed to capture the station empty

Piccadilly Circus is another station caught by Mr Whatley in a sleepy state. 'An empty underground can occur at any point in the day, you just have to look out for it'

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This photograph shows Kilburn Park station, which is on the Bakerloo Line

Holborn, on the Piccadilly and Central lines, is another station packed during commuting hours. Mr Whatley says: 'It's interesting seeing or hearing about different tastes, as some people prefer the platforms, and some people prefer the trains'

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Maida Vale station pictured from an upper level. Interestingly, when the station opened in 1915, it was entirely staffed by women

Eerie: This photograph shows a deserted corridor on the Waterloo & City line. Linking Waterloo and Bank, the line opened in 1898

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Left: Connected on five lines (the Metropolitan, Circle, Jubilee, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City), Baker Street has ten platforms - more than any other Underground station. Below: This photograph shows Regent's Park. The station, which was opened in March 1906, has no surface buildings and is accessed from a subway

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This photograph shows the abandoned Aldwych Underground station. Located on the Strand, the station was on the end of a branch of the Piccadilly Line. It opened in 1907 and closed in 1994

This photograph again shows Baker Street station in an empty state. Opened in 1863, it was one of the stations on the Metropolitan Railway line between Paddington and Farringdon

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Pictured again, Baker Street has proved to be one of Mr Whatley's favourite stations. He says: 'It's interesting seeing or hearing about different tastes, as some people prefer the platforms, and some people prefer the trains' Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547943/Its-not-like-rush-hourIncredible-pictures-capture-eerily-deserted-early-morning-London-UndergroundBEFORE-commuters-turn-up.html#ixzz2rnXTxlsO Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

• OR Tambo International Airport: On final and touched down runway 03R – J & J Jacobs Compiled by Johan Jacobs with photo’s from Jeanette Jacobs

SAA Airbus 319 ZS-FLI – flight SAA145 from Maputo (FQMA)

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SAA A340-300 flight SA 346 from Capetown (FACT))

KULULA B737-800 ZS-ZWO from Capetowm (FACT)

DELTA B777 N704DK flight DAL200 from Hartsfield-Jackson Intl (KATL)

ETHAD A332 A6-DDA-flight ETD604

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from Abu Dhabi Int'l (OMAA / AUH)

Europcar B737-800-flight BA216 from Capetown (FACT)

Emirates B777-W A6-EGU flight UAE763 from Dubai Int'l (OMDB / DXB)

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NEXT ISSUE & GREETINGS

The next issue of “The Ulolwe” will be Vol 5 No 3 and will be published, DV, sometime during late March 2014. Send in your comments, anecdotes and photographs please. Take care! Stuur solank u stories, herinneringe en u eie foto’s aan uloliwe@gmail.com in jpgformaat Hennie Heymans – Pretoria, ZA © 2014

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