Sandstone Steam Railroad - Workshop

RN22 - Kerr Stuart No. 4031 built 1919 'Little'Bess'

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A picture has been received of Little Bess at work on the Sunday Rive Irrigation project. Unfortunately its not of the best quality but its an interesting historical record.

Little Bess was donated to the Railway Enthusiasts Society in Port Elizabeth in September 1974, at which time it lay abandoned, in poor condition, in a wooded area of the Eastern Cape. It was collected by the new owners and transferred to what looks like a railway workshop, probably Uitenhage, where it was restored.

The accompanying photographs show members of the Railway Enthusiasts Society inspecting and collecting the locomotive from its resting place and we would be interested to hear from any of them or anyone else who can throw further light on this history of this diminutive locomotive. It does show the woebegone state it had sunk to and the fine job the restorers did.

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