19 December 2009

Witbank, Tiny Tots Nursery School, Avonside 1858/1920

NOTE: This page should be read collectively together with the other Sugar Cane tramway pages on this blog as general information is scattered across the different pages:
  1. Darnall, Sugar Mill, Avonside 1740/1916 "MR BUSS"
  2. Durban, Sugar Terminal - Maydon Warf: Avonside 1422/1900
  3. Gledhow, Sugar Mill, Hunslet 2647/1942
  4. Mtubatuba, Umfolozi Village, ?Hunslet 1032/1914 relic
  5. Umzinto, Indian Koran School, Hunslet 3385/1946
  6. Witbank, Tiny Tots Nursery School, Avonside 1858/1...
  7. SEZELA Sugar Mill: Sezela No 1 - Avonside 1719/1915
  8. RENISHAW Sugar Estate: Renishaw No 2 - Avonside 1986/1926
  9. The Kearsney-Stanger Light Railway (1901-c.1944)

Avonside works no 1858 built in 1920.

0-4-0T for use on 2 ft gauge.

8.5"x 12" design

  1. Originally delivered to J.L. Hulett & Sons Ltd for use on the Tinley Manor Sugar Estate.
  2. Later used on the Gledhow-Chakaskraal Suger Estate.
  3. Then preserved at a School in Stanger.
  4. Along with 3 other sugar loco's (Sezela no 3, an O&K and a Barclay), this Avonside was taken was taken to Dunn's in Witbank. Subsequently this locomotive was painted in bright colours and donated to the Tiny Tots Nursery School in Alexander St, Witbank.

25 April 2005 photo by kind courtesy of Hannes Paling.

25 April 2005 photo by kind courtesy of Hannes Paling.

NOTE: Go to this blog entry for more background information on the history of the Avonside Engine Company.

  1. Industrial Locomotives of South Africa 1991 Middleton & Williams
  2. Sandstone: Gary Barnes's spreadsheet of Cane Locomotives


  1. I remember playing on this very engine as a todler over 30 years ago! Best wishes, Gert Ackermann, Dublin Ireland

  2. I used to play on this 15 or so years ago now, and my mother used to work at the nursery! Incredible memories, thank you for the Pics. A.Westby, Scotland

  3. I am currently(2017) working for this school and the train is still there with it's bright colours. We are trying to get hold of the people who donated the train in hopes to find out if they knew the owner of the school.