The locomotives coming in to our Bloemfontein rebuild facility are becoming ever more decrepit and ever more difficult to rebuild. However this seems to act as an incentive to Lukas Nel and his fine team. The latest diminutive Sugar Cane loco, originally Illovo No. 3 from Natal, is now almost ready to leave the workshop. A phenomenal restoration job completed in little under six months from the time that the boiler was received from our associate facility in Howick, namely Stevens Engineering.
From Dave Richardson;
"The loco is ISE3. There is info on the Sandstone site on 4063 which I used for the book. The page also has a pic of it in derelict condition with side tanks (I think at Midmar). I have rewritten this piece to update it...
Although there is still a lot of work to do we decided to steamtest her today. Some minor problems did arise but the steamtest was a success and we are satisfied with the parts we fabricated and obtained.