1991 - 14.12.2019

Reefsteamers Rolling Stock in Care and operated by Reefsteamers


12AR 1535
Fully Operational
Last surviving Class 12AR.  Was once the Germiston station pilot.
Has Vesconite-equipped valve gear.

12AR No.1535 details and photos

- 1535 was originally built as a 12A in 1919 as an improved heavy coal/goods locomotive.
- The 12As ran well but had complicated fireboxes.
- 46 of the 12As were converted and given new simpler and deliberately-oversized boilers.
- She was reclassified as ‘AR’ when converted in Apr. 1947.
- She is the oldest locomotive in South Africa still operating on an active main line
- and will soon be 100 years old!
- 12AR 1535 is the very last survivor of her type.
- She spent her last days as a Witwatersrand trip shunter.
- She then served as Germiston station pilot and still wears the ‘Germiston’ cab side decals to this day.
- An economic, strong and yet compact engine, she is a firm favourite for the Day Trips.


15CA 2056
Restoration in progress, back in steam 2019
Has Vesconite- equipped valve gear.
Tender bogies to be converted to roller bearings.
Locomotive is intact and in safe, covered storage.
Boiler tubes replacement in progress
Wheels are machined and ready to be fitted back to the frame

15CA No.2056 details coming soon

- The Class 15CA was based on the Class 15C ‘Big Bill.
- The Big Bills were prone to rear frame fractures, so the CA was built with an external bridle casting around the firebox.
- The 15CAs were the first SAR locos to incorporate high- pitched boilers, large diameter wheels and 2ft diameter cylinders, all characteristics of the later ‘big loco’ designs.
- 15CA 2056 was built by ALCO in the USA in 1926.
- The 84 Class 15CAs are reputed to be South Africa’s LOUDEST steam locomotives.
- The 57 in. dia. driving wheels were later enlarged to 60 in. rims, fitted over the old tyres for fast passenger work.
- After the 15CAs worked all over South Africa and even crossing over to Mozambique, nearly 40 15CAs ended up as heavy shunters in the Germiston and Kazerne yards.


19D 2540
Under Restoration
Borsig buit in 1937, Builders No.14657
Locomotive is intact and in safe, covered storage
Runs with a torpedo tender.

19D work progress coming soon

- The Class 19D was the SAR’s last branch line engine.They were so successful they saw main line use as well.
- They were nicknamed the ’19 Dolly’.
- They worked all over South Africa except Western Cape.
- An elderly pair of Class 19Ds were the very last ‘working’ steam locomotives in South Africa.(Finally retired by Sappi Saiccor Paper Mill, in Aug. 2015.)
- The Class 19D is the most numerous SAR Class ever made as some were exported to neighbouring countries.
- No.2540 was built in 1937 by Borsig in Germany.
- No.2540 has a non-original Type MX ‘Torpedo Tender'.
- No.2540 was retrieved in scrap condition from Millsite Depot (Krugersdorp) in June 2016.
- It is to be stripped, cleaned and assessed for restoration.


15F 3046
Fully Operational

Mechanically stoked 15F  - runs with long range EW type tender.
Professional overhauled in 2016 and fully operational.
This Loco is actually one of the strongest steam performer in South Africa.

15F No.3046 details and photos coming soon

/ 19.11.2016 performing after overhaul coming soon

- No.3046 is one of 255 heavy mixed traffic 15Fs, the most numerous locomotive class to run in South Africa.
- The 4-8-2 wheel arrangement used is called a ‘Mountain.’
- No.3046 is a ‘war baby.’ She was built in 1945 and was officially named ‘City of Bloemfontein’ in the same year.
- No.3046 helped hauled the Royal Train in 1947.
- She was retired in 1988 after 43 years’ service.
- She was kept intact as a reserve at Germiston Depot for 4 years, and the boiler was tested yearly until 1992.
- 15F 3046 uses a long-range EW tender from a scrapped Class 23. (Serving 18.3 tons coal & 43'000 litres of water.)
- 15F 3046 was fitted with a steam-powered mechanical stoker right after she was delivered in South Africa.
- 15F 3046 was our first locomotive leased for restoration and ran again for the first time in 2010.  

25NC 3472
Not operational (needs new steal tyres)
Ex condenser.  Runs with an original 25NC tender instead of a ‘worshond.’
Was one of the last regular steam engines to pull the Trans Karoo
Only operable class 25NC in South Africa although other intact examples exist.
Wheels need to be changed, spares are in stock.

25NC No.3472 details and photos coming soon

- Built in 1954, Class 25 No. 3472 was one of 90 ‘Condenser Locomotives’ built for service in the semi-arid Karoo.
- With a special tender equipped with fans, radiators and pumps, she could run over 800km on one ‘drink’ of water.
- When the lines were dieselised, most of the 25s were converted to a non-condensers (NC) at Salt River works.
- The mighty 25s were the largest single-frame Cape Gauge locomotives to run in Africa. (But the most powerful were the pair of three-cylinder Class 18s built in1927.)
- She was one the last four steam locos to run long distance trains in South Africa, and hauled the Amatolla Express.
- She was retired due to a cracked safety valve saddle. The difficult repair was completed in 2006.
- Capable of speeds well over 120kph on good track, she is fitted with roller bearings and a mechanical lubricator.
- Although too big for local trips, this smooth-running low- maintenance loco is a favourite for long-distance tours.
- The 25NC is often known as ‘the Cadillac of the Rails.’


Hunslet Taylor 4268
Fully operational
Hunslet Taylor, 100HP
1951-built diesel-hydraulic Gardner-engined shunting locomotive.
Our yard shunter

- The Hunslet Taylor Shunter No.4268 was built in 1951 by Hunslet South Africa as one of a matched pair in 1951.
- No.4268 was donated to us by Federated Timbers.
- No.4268 is one of two examples known to still be in working order, although more examples do exist.
- The locomotive has two sprung axles driven by coupling rods powered by an external jack-shaft drive.
- The classic Gardner 6LW diesel engine was built in Manchester, England and imported to South Africa.
- The engine was often used for buses and trucks after WWII, but was even used to dieselise several large luxury cars including Lagondas, Bentleys and Rolls-Royces!
- The 8.4 litre naturally-aspirated 6-Cylinder diesel engine develops 102HP @ 1700RPM.
- Originally fitted with a friction clutch, the loco is now a diesel-hydraulic drive with a fluid coupling and reversible epicyclic set driving the original two-speed gearbox.
- This 0-4-0 Shunter weighs 20 tons and has a screw brake.