Now the loco at Sandstone has boiler 28861 which was registered new in 12/1967. I looked at it very closely last year and the frames are not original. They are all-welded for a start and are in absolutely pristine condition leding to the reasoning that it was a new fabrication at the same time as the boiler.
I met Sezela 3 during the late 70’s, she and another NG loco were plinthed in front of a local engineering company (Dunn’s Engineering) which repaired and maintained steam locomotives on the many coal mines in and around Witbank and Natal. I built a model of Sezela 3, took it one day down to Durban to run it there at a club. Met a guy there, Eric Angus, he saw Sezela 3 and said that he has some pictures of cane loco’s, would I like to see them, he took them just before the system closed. Eric had copies printed and gave them to me, later I distributed them amongst other interested people.
did not take that picture, in fact I don’t think I had a camera way back in 1965, those luxuries only came somewhat later.
My belief is that Eric took the picture of Sezela 3 perhaps 68 or 69, hope this helps a little bit
- Hannes Paling (11 June 2012)
Sezela No. 3 of course is in use at Sandstone
Hannes Paling has sent us this amazing picture below. Thank you for your continuing contributions.
Sezela No. 3 in her real working days, presumably at Sezela Sugar Mill. Picture taken by the late Eric Angus, circa 1968/1969.