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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PORT ELIZABETH APPLE EXPRESS
Postnet Suite 124, Private Bag 13130, Humewood, Port
THE APPLE EXPRESS SUPPORTS ‘BAFANA BAFANA’ - THE
NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM
The 2010 FIFA World Cup football competition is about to
begin and not to be outdone; the staff at the workshop
depot and the loco footplate staff decided to don their
official yellow South African team jerseys in a show of
support for the national side. Maybe with a little bit
of steam power behind the South African team, they can
achieve something great in the competition.
Everyone sporting their yellow football jerseys
HUMEWOOD ROAD STEAM DEPOT
As mentioned in the last newsletter, the Humewood Road
steam depot has been earmarked for demolition. This is
currently underway and is almost complete. Here is a
selection of photographs recently taken showing what is
Here the wooden sheds have all gone and the locomotive
service pits have been filled in.
A couple of the buildings which are older than sixty
years are considered heritage buildings and cannot be
demolished unless permission is granted by the S.A.
Heritage Resources Agency. To prevent further vandalism
to the buildings left standing, all the windows and
doors have been bricked up for safe keeping. The wooden
sheds were considered too unsafe in their vandalised
state to remain standing and were demolished.
The station buildings which the Apple Express Company
lease from Transnet have been spared. The two badly
vandalised toilet buildings next to the station building
have been demolished. As a result, the lack of toilet
facilities on the station will now have to be addressed.
There is thought of building a single toilet cubicle
inside the old ticket office.
The beginning of the end, of the carpenter’s workshop.
The carpenter’s shop is no more.
Tracks have also been lifted. It is not known what has
happened to all the freight wagons
that were parked on these sidings. Presumably carried
away as scrap metal.
The lifted rails have been re-laid at the diesel depot.
It is not known why this particular section
has been laid on/next to the tarred access road that
leads to the rear of the diesel depot.
As said, it seems like all the unwanted freight
wagons are being cut up for scrap metal.
These two pictures show the death of wooden fruit wagon
The restoration of passenger coach no. 83 is
progressing slowly. During the strip down, it was
found that the woodwork on the coach was in a very
sorry state, the result of many years of exposure to
Wood rot on a door of coach no.83
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