22 September 2009

Port Elizabeth - Humewood Road - Locomotive Graveyard

On 23 August 2009 we visited the old narrow gauge station at Humewood Road in Port Elizabeth. We knew that this was a locomotive graveyard, and that the place is patiently waiting for the last scene when the final scrappers and wreckers arrive.

The locomotives at this site are generally described as "abandoned". However, the Garratt NGG 13 no. 79 in the shed does not fall in this category and still appears in lists.

So I rather played with the camera and experimented to see what sort of images I could take away. So this is just a record of what Humewood Road looked like on the day of our visit.

APRIL 2010: The Steam in Action Newsletter (Newsletter Edition 27 - April 2010 ) reported:

"Humewood Road.
The site is being cleared, but certain of the heritage items are being moved to the nearby diesel depot. Effectively Humewood Road is no more, and the buildings are going to be demolished".

Please look at this web page created by Ralph Timmermann about his visit to Humewood Road on 4 November 2006 - there you may find some leads to my pictures .... I have identified a few items by using Ralph's page as source.

NOTES:
  1. The identification of the locomotives was generally done by using the conclusions made by Ralph Timmermann - see his webpage here.
  2. In order to catch more detail of the items "stored" in the shade under the roof, a few of the images below were made by using the HDR (high dynamic range) technique.
  3. In the interest of faster downloading, small images will be seen, but you may enlarge any image in the usual way by clicking on the thumbnail ...

photo Elna Conradie

The remains of two locomotives are parked under the single line shed. The boiler on this end belongs to an unidentified no NG15 locomotive.


On the other end of the unidentified "boiler" loco, is this Garratt NGG 13 no. 79. [Hanomag 10631/1928]. I don't think this locomotive is considered "abandoned" yet, even though it might appear so!


Garratt NGG 13 no. 79


Garratt NGG 13 no. 79


NG15 no?


NG15 no?


Garratt NGG 13 no. 79


Garratt NGG 13 no. 79


Garratt NGG 13 no. 79


Garratt NGG 13 no. 79














Ralph Timmermann noted: " Finally, I found a diesel loco that did not carry any sign of origin and identity. It turned out to be the ex Eastern Province Cement Co. 6wDM (Hunslet Taylor 6357/1964), which was purchased with the two Funkeys by the Ffestiniog Railway after Spoornet had taken over operation of the branch from Chelsea to the factory around 1986. As it was not needed by the FR it remained in PE and probably was eventually donated to the Apple Express Society."


photo: Elna Conradie








"The Row" From left to right:
  1. NG 15 no 148?
  2. NG 15 no?
  3. NGG16 no 154
  4. NG 15 no 144?


Ralph Timmermann noted about the cab-less loco: "Assuming that it's not #144, it may be NG15 148. Anyone care do agree or disagree?






NGG16 no 154 and NG 15 no 144?








NGG16 No.154 - Ralph Timmermann noted: " There is also the remains of NGG16 No.154 - with boiler, but no cab and ....

photo: Elna Conradie
.... the fore and aft tanks (of NGG16 No.154) are perched on a nearby flatcar. As there was only one NGG16 on site, it must be this one, also standing in The Row"


NG 15 no 144?




NG 15 no 144? - looking from the end of "The Row"


NG 15 no 144? and NGG16 no 154


NG 15 no 144?


NG 15 no 144?


NG 15 no 144? and NGG16 no 154


NGG16 No.154 - Ralph Timmermann noted: " There is also the remains of NGG16 No.154 - with boiler, but no cab and the fore and aft tanks are perched on a nearby flatcar.As there was only one NGG16 on site, it must be this one, also standing in The Row"










NGG16 No.154








photo: Elna Conradie



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