23rd November 2009
O&K 11112 is progressing well in Bloemfontein. The original 500mm gauge has been changed to 2ft.
9th November 2009
The Boiler has now been fitted and secured. We have started fitting the cladding around the boiler.
12th October 2009
The pistons of O&K 11112.
28th September 2009
LUKAS obtained the spares to assemble locomotive 11112 below deck from the contractor today. Attached is a photo of the side rods with bushes and piston cross heads.
14th September 2009
The newly refurbished boiler for O&K locomotive No. 11112 has arrived in Bloemfontein from Keith Stevens workshops in Howick.
30th March 2009
Attached is a photo of O&K 11112 and the newly fabricated sand boxes. 4 required.
2nd March 2009
O & K Boiler No. 11112 is now complete and passed it's hydrostatic test on Wednesday 18 February 09 and is now ready for collection. The log book should be ready shortly.
I enclose pictures of the progress of this locomotive.
Juan countersinking rivet holes on the inside of the tube plate for clearance of the wash out plug, using a hand rachet.
Firebox in position, riveted up, stayed up and caulked 0940 - Boiler in progress
Boiler in progress
Completed Boiler with temporary chimney for steaming
Set up for hydrostatic test
Rear end of Boiler
9th February 2009
Our new fitter Isak has started tackling his own specific project. This will involve rebuilding a complete locomotive from scratch from drawings and photos we have managed to obtain from around the world.
Our photos show the ash pan and side tanks completed recently.
Well done Isak."
The quality of the engineering work is clear when one looks at the rebored cylinders for the O&K ex Angola locomotive currently under restoration. The same applies to the two rebuilt and machined pistons.
17th October 2008
The restoration of the chassis of O&K 11112 begins.
Last October we reported on the progress that Keith Stevens was making on the new boiler for this ex Angola locomotive (here). In Bloemfontein Lukas Nel and new recruit to the steam team, Isak van den Berg, have begun the restoration of the chassis of this 500mm gauge locomotive. The cylinders have been removed from the frames for reboring and the loco has been re gauged to 600mm. New plating has been fabricated for the cab and side tanks as the attached pictures show.