Members of the Museum and Railways staff
gathered outside the Port Elizabeth
Museum today for "Operation Loco" which
involved the transfer of an old steam
engine and tender on to the roof of the
new Transport Hall at the Museum.
engine and tender were formerly used on
the narrow gauge Langkloof line. The
steam engine -the first exhibit
for the Transport Hall - was
donated by the Railways.
Today crews of workmen brought the
tender from the Humewood locomotive
depot to the Museum. The tender was
lifted on to a low-bed trailer by a
Here workmen can be seen trying to get
the tender on to temporary rails leading
down to the roof of the packing rooms of
the Transport Hall.
"This is a very tricky operation," said
Mr H. L. Huisman, Port Elizabeth's
Harbour Engineer, who was directing
engine, which weighs about 30 tons, was
donated to the Museum two years ago. The
engine is expected to be taken to the
Museum late today or early tomorrow.