Steam Loco Safari Tours Photos and Report
Elgin - Caledon - 18th June 2002

Photos

GO 2575 was waiting and ready with a mixed train at Elgin, and the weather was promising sunny patches. Just out of Elgin station we had a runpast, brilliant in sun with a cloudy background. A little further on near Patryslaagte simliar conditions prevailed. When we arrived however a sudden downpour gave the cameras another good wash, before clearing into brilliant sun. There were gricers wandering around the paddocks with the livestock, each taking his (or her) own "master photo", using trees, grass or whatever to compose an interesting shot. A number of runs were done with some excellent results.

After rolling down through Houhoek Pass, we paused at Bot River to take water and cross the afternoon freight, hauled by two 35's. Thereafter, 2575 settled into the long climb to Die Vlei and the crew were not taking it slowly. Showers of char were raining down on the coaches, seeking the eyes of the unwary. The Garratt's exhaust reached the point where individual exhaust beats from the engine units blended into a single roar as we scaled the grades and curves. We disembarked at the Villiersdorp road bridge just beyond Die Vlei and headed back to Cape Town. Question: why is a place called Die Vlei at the top of a big hill?

All pictures Copyright 2002 Trevor Staats

GO 2575 near Elgin
GO 2575 near Elgin
GO 2575 near Elgin
GO 2575 near Elgin
GO 2575 Runpast
GO 2575 Runpast
GO 2575 Tree
GO 2575 Tree
GO 2575 Autumn
GO 2575 Autumn
GO 2575 DSO
GO 2575 DSO
 
GO 2575 Bot River
GO 2575 Bot River
 
GO 2575 and 35-406 Cross Bot River
GO 2575 and 35-406 Cross Bot River
Warwick Window Watcher
Warwick Window Watcher
GO 2575 Climbing to Die Vlei
GO 2575 Climbing
to Die Vlei

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