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Bloemfontein Depot

Bloemfontein Depot 1975

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Films of Steam in Southern Africa

These films show life in the days of steam in South Africa in 1975 and 1977. The films feature some of the last steam operations on South African Railways (SAR) and on the industrial lines serving the coal industry.

The 1975 movies were shot using an amateur Standard 8 mm camera, while the 1977 movies were shot using a semi-professional Super 8 camera.

  Title Summary Places Date of Film Minutes
NGG16 on Curve Lines Round Natal Filmed in 1975, featuring a variety of classes of articulated Beyer Garratt and non-articulated locomotives hauling freight on SAR and industrial lines. Natal Province, in South Africa 2000 17
Class 25 at Bloemfontein Last Rites on the Veld Features freight and passenger operations in the major transport hub of Bloemfontein and along lines towards Kroonstad and Kimberley in 1975. Orange Free State, Transvaal and Eastern Cape Provinces, in South Africa 2000 24
Departing Port Elizabeth Township Travel Features steam-hauled commuter passenger travel between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, serving the township of New Brighton in 1977. Port Elizabeth, in South Africa 1983 6
  Misteries Steam railway scenes at and between major railway hubs, in winter 1977 (to be finalised). De Aar and Mafeking, in South Africa    
  Invocations Filmed on various lines in winter 1977 (to be finalised). Between Grahamstown and Maclear, Bloemfontein and Bethlehem, and at Mafeking and Durban locomotive depots, in South Africa    

Class 25NC at Kloofein

Class 25NC at Kloofein 1975

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NGG16 in Mountains

NGG16 class on the Donnybrook Line, Natal 1975

GEA Class on Eshowe Line

GEA Class 4-8-2+2-8-4 on the Eshowe Line 1975

Boarding Train at Port Elizabeth

Boarding Train at Port Elizabeth 1977