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De Aar Northern Cape South Africa 31st May 1982

This South African "Barry-like" engine graveyard was to be found in the sidings behind De Aar shed on the main line between Capetown and Johannesburg. The route was gradually being electrified with the last 100% steam stretch being, at this time, between De Aar & Kimberley, hence these modern locos were redundant. I don't know how many survived, if any, but under the blazing virtual desert sun they were not deteriorating as quickly as they would in the wet salty South Wales atmosphere.


These 10 lines of dumped SAR locomotives contained a total of 137 withdrawn steam engines including 50 Garratts - in fact there were 75 Garratts as I forgot to include the GO class! These had been stored here since 1977 & went for scrap in 1984. From left to right the engines heading each line are :- GMAM 4-8-2+2-8-4 4113, damaged GMAM 4097, 2133, GMAM 4136, GMAM 4150, GMAM 4165, 2540, 840, 3451, 3602 with coaches in the 11th line on the far right.

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Taken on August 18, 2012