The International Steam Pages
Friends of the Rail, South Africa
Mike Haslam (for FOTR) writes August 2004)
We have been very busy in the last few years and despite growing pressures from regulatory bodies, from Spoornet and a distinct lack of Governmental enthusiasm for steam heritage, we are still puffing along merrily.
We have just brought our Class 24 No. 3664 back into service after four years standing for a full boiler retube. What initially was planned by the boilermaker as a two week job took considerably longer. Now we are back on the tracks with two runs under her belt.
Class 19D No. 2650 has been doing sterling work as the club's front runner. Faultless running since her restoration nearly three years ago.
Class 15F No. 3094 has been temporarily retired for boiler re-certification. Work is currently being done on a few fix-ups before a test hydraulic and re-certification. Meanwhile 15F No. 3117 is well on the way to being put back in service. Soon she will also be having a hydraulic test and re-certification.
Alas, 15CA No. 2850 still stands. A full, and very expensive re-tube is the reason. If anyone wants to make a nice donation................
FOTR is also looking for a new home. We have been given notice to leave the
site which we have occupied for many years. Negotiations have been taking
Meanwhile the club is growing, both with new members joining to help in the
restoration work, in the running of the club and additional steam power and
We hope that it may be possible to run tours again in the near future, but notwithstanding the adversities of local politics, FOTR stands ready and waiting to give enthusiasts the best of SA steam!