26th September 1999
Pictures copyright © 1999-2007 - Trevor Staats
|Sunday 26 September 1999
Around 12:30 am, a steam-hauled train crossed the Maalgate bridge and made very heavy work of the climb out. I think it was heading towards Hartenbos. It sounded great in any case. Not sure what loco/train it was. It sounded as though it slipped to a stop a few times.
Around 9:30am the two 7th classes crossed the bridge tender-first with a short rake of coaches, bound for Groot Brakrivier. An hour or so later, the ZASM B passed the same way with a solitary coach.
I headed to Groot Brak to catch the 7's climbing out, got a nice shot from the N2 with Mossel Bay in the background. Returned to Groot Brak to see GMAM 4122 arrive with seven coaches. After taking water, 4122 also left for George. A different location from the N2 afforded a good view of 4122 climbing through the curves near Glentana tunnel. A quick drive back to the Maalgate bridge and another nice shot of 4122 crossing. Once more, the patchy cloud parted just in time for the train's passing... Lovely! Headed to the beach at Glentana to collect the family, and noted the ZASM B still standing at Outeniqua. It was coupled to the feeder tank that had been standing in the siding there. The water was being drained from the tank. The ZASM was supposed to leave for George at 10:00 am, so I am not sure what happened there, perhaps the coach was coupled to another train for George?
All pictures captured from video shot using a Sony TRV-7E digital video camera and Copyright © Trevor Staats 1999
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