Jozi's own steam trains


Our steaming lady "Susan" turns 100


Susan’s Story:

Susan arrived in South Africa in 1919 as part of the first batch of 20 locomotives bought by the SAR from the North British Locomotive Company (NBL) in Scotland. The 12 AR’s were bought to supplement the class 12A already working in South Africa and because of their heavier axle they were supposed to be able to handle bigger loads.

Our grand old lady, Class 12AR No.1535 ‘Susan’ has the triple distinction of being the last surviving Class 12AR, Reefsteamers’ oldest operating locomotive and the second oldest operating main line locomotive in South Africa. 

Susan was restored to steam in 2009 and has since become Joburg’s favourite steam train. She is a sure-footed little engine and can handle our day trip trains on gradients that would cause the bigger engines to slip. 

The Celebration Details will be published soon