11 May 2009

Johannesburg City Power, Reuven Head Office, 0-6-0ST "Elizabeth" RSHN 7805/1954

0-6-0ST named "Elizabeth"

Built by RSHN (Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd located in Newcastle-on-Tyne) in 1954 with works number 7805. She is plinthed at Johannesburg City Power, Reuven Head Office.


May 2009 photo: courtesy Derek Walker

Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns Ltd (RSH) was a locomotive builder with works in North East England.

The company was formed in September 1937 when Robert Stephenson and Company, which was based in Darlington took over the locomotive building department of Hawthorn Leslie, based in Newcastle. The 'Goodwill' of Leeds locomotive builders Kitson & Co. was obtained in 1938.

RSH locomotive numbering began at 6939, this being the first number following the sum total of locomotives built by Robert Stephenson & Co. and Hawthorn Leslie, (6938).

RSH became part of English Electric in 1955.

Locomotive building at the Newcastle upon Tyne works ended in 1961 and at Darlington in 1964.


May 2009 photo: courtesy Derek Walker

Elizabeth had a sister engine works no 7398 named "George" which was built by the same firm in 1948. Both saddle tanks worked, since new, at the Orlando Power Station (within the Soweto area) which was run by the Johannesburg Electricity Dept (now City Power Johannesburg).

Coal for the power station was brought in via a 1 km electrified branch from the mainline. Both Elizabeth and George were used to move the incoming coal trains through a wagon tipper. By 1990 a Hudson diesel engine replaced steam loco's at the the power station.

Sister George is plinthed at the City Power Municipal Depot near the cnr of Durban Street and End Street Ext.


May 2009 photo: courtesy Derek Walker
No 7805 was built according to a standard 14" x 22" design.


May 2009 photo: courtesy Derek Walker who noted: She is in an excellent condition, even down to her cab controls.


photo: courtesy Derek Walker who noted: I was not allowed in the cab, but did spot some plates on her boiler. The circular plate has the works number 7805, and the square plate (boiler test 165 lb) shows the year "1954".


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her location is...
26 degrees 13' 54.91" S
28 degrees 01' 50.84" E

Johannesburg City Power, Reuven Head Office, 40 Heronmere Road, Booysens

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