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RN 132 - The Feldbahn being restored by Sandstone Bloemfontein workshops is proceeding steadily

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One should bear in mind that this locomotive was one of the very last to be disposed of in the UK resulting from the bulk import of narrow gauge locos including Feldbahns from Sena Sugar some years ago. Therefore our workshops never had the advantage of starting out with a locomotive that was more or less complete. This locomotive was nothing more than a boiler attached to the remnants of components which had been under pressure from other UK based Feldbahn owners who needed parts. Therefore an extraordinarily high percentage of the parts on this locomotive had to be manufactured from scratch. Add to that the fact that Lukas Nel and his team did not have original engineering drawings and the scale of the problem begins to emerge.

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