23 April 2009

Coligny, Town Centre, SAR Class 19D No 3328

All the photos below are kind courtesy of Schalk van der Linde who took these pictures in the morning light on June 6, 2009.

The neat and well kept appearance of this locomotive is nothing but spectacular when measured against the many of its forgotten kin scattered in towns all over South Africa. This one is looked after by a businessman who uses the plot where the locomotive is plinthed. Certainly this old steam engine is a very worthy tourist attraction for Coligny.



These versatile locomotives saw extensive service on every system of the SAR and were amongst the last steam locomotives to be withdrawn from active service.


The 19D no 3328 is a wheel type 4-8-2 engine. She was built by North British Locomotive Co in 1948 as works no. 26048.




The 19D plinthed in Coligny has a so-called "Vanderbilt" tender which has a cylindrical water tank and six-wheeled "Buckeye" bogies. In 1901, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, whose great-grandfather founded the New York Central Railroad, invented a cylindrical tender which was soon adopted by a number of American railroads with oil-burning locomotives.


Compared to rectangular tenders, cylindrical Vanderbilt tenders were stronger, lighter, and held more fuel in relation to surface area. In South Africa the design was used to carry water & coal for the locomotive.


Before WW II, 135 engines of Class 19D were delivered by Krupp, Borsig and Skoda. Immediately after the war, a further 50 Class 19D's were supplied by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn Ltd. These were similar to the pre-war 19D, except they were fitted with vacuum brakes.


The final order of 50 engines of this class was from North British Locomotive Co in 1949 and fitted with a new type of tender known as the Vanderbilt as mentioned above.




The very last batch of 50 Class 19D's were numbered in the series 3321-3370 and delivered in 1949.









The SAR Class 19D No 3328 steam locomotive which is plinthed in Coligny shows up in this 2003 Google Earth view.


The locomotive has a Vanderbilt cylindrical tender.

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