Pretoria to Magaliesburg still had a regular freight working in 1992. At roughly half distance was a sand works at De Moot serviced by diesels coming in from the Pretoria end.
On 18 July 1992 Capital Park based 19D no 3334 was rostered to work the train. There were no turning facilities at De Moot so she worked the empties all the way to Magaliesburg and back before dropping them and collecting the loaded wagons.
I have no idea why this happened, the line went diesel in 1982, it wasn't a charter, we didn't have to pay to watch it or anything like that. Let's work it with steam because we can and take the empty wagons the full length of the line for the same reason. Happy days for the full quota of 4 people that turned out to chase it on a cold clear Saturday morning within easy striking distance of Johannesburg.....bizarre!
One of the most pleasant sections of track in the Gauteng area of South Africa, the very much secondary line from Pretoria to Magaliesburg. Long since closed but in 1992 it still boasted a freight working.
Sand traffic from a pit at De Moot was served by rail, albeit it behind diesel.
On 18 July 1992 Capital Park shed in Pretoria provided 19D no 3334 for the working for no other reason than because they could.
The train is seen here shortly after sunrise between Hekpoort and Elberta en route to Maglaliesburg.
Another view of 45593 only this time running as 45698 " Mars" with a Hughes-Fowler tender taken during a Charter organised by Geoff Silcock in which she also ran as 45700 "Amethyst".
The Jub piles on the clag as she pulls away from the crossing at Springside farm and heads towards Summerseat Station.
In the summer of 1994, Jubilee 45593 "Kolhapur" ran disguised as several sister engines before her boiler ticket expired. She is seen here masquerading as 5552 " Silver Jubilee " on an early morning freight heading through the cutting just north of Burrs.