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SAR class 3R 4-8-2 no. 1460 at De Aar shed in 1968

SAR class 3R 4-8-2 no. 1460 at De Aar shed in 1968

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Caption - South African Railways (SAR) Cape gauge class 3R 4-8-2 no. 1460 is seen at De Aar shed in October 1968. Built by North British (UK) in 1909 and 1911 the last member of the class was withdrawn in 1974. Originally built for the Natal Government Railway they were designed to handle coal traffic on the Upper Natal mainline. More modern locomotives took over their original work and by the late 1960s they were distributed between the Orange Free State and the Cape Western systems. Used for shunting and pickup freights Bloemfontein, Beaufort West, Touws River and Cape Town. By 1970, the entire Class was concentrated in the Cape Western region including De Aar.

Country - South Africa   Date - 1968   General Photo - 473

Image from the Lou Johnson Collection

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