Sandstone Heritage Trust - Rail News
23rd May 2006
Subject: Re: a day to remember
I was the fireman on 3052 who provided you with all that nice smoke you ordered (well, with a bit of help from the mechanical stoker!) and I just want to reinforce what you say - it was indeed "a day to remember".
We had been in Ficksburg since Tuesday to prepare the loco. We had already taken her to Komandonek the day before to extract our two NZs and four coaches from the string of old vehicles in the siding there.
That was hard work - couplers refused to couple and uncouple, every vehicle seemed to have vacuum leaks, and many had vacuum pipes in awkward positions necessitating the use of double-ended extension pipes. The Spoornet pilot and track official from Bethlehem who helped us with the shunt were invaluable - in fact they were great for the whole event, and we want to express our thanks to them - it was a pleasure working with them.