FEDRAIL SA member Les Smith kindly gave us access to these documents of the SATS Preservation Plan of 1989 and they make for interesting reading. Although the special trains and preserved lines are no more, many of the locomotives detailed are still with us although many are now scheduled for disposal in one way or another.
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The prestigious Narrow Gauge World magazine in the UK recently published a short article on FEDRAIL SA.
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The Railway Safety Regulator kindly invites you to attend a Technical Workshop scheduled for the Western Cape Region on the 22nd - 23rd February 2017
Please find below the following applicable documents for the Workshop:
Invitation with details of the Technical Workshop
The Registration Form
The initial allocation of SANRASM assets has been completed by SANRASM and FEDRAIL SA
FEDRAIL SA member, Andy Selfe, shared this supplement on The Story of South African Railways from Personality Magazine of February 20th 1964.
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Please note the upcoming RSR Technical Workshop scheduled for the Western Cape Region as follows:
Date: 23rd-24th November 2016
Venue: Cape Town (TBC)
Standards: Please refer to the attached documents
Transnet have put together a project to digitise all the images in the Transnet Library for future safe keeping, the Transnet DRISA project. This is a project that FEDRAIL SA supports totally and asks those members and friends who can become involved to offer their services to assist. You can read all about this exciting development by clicking on the link.
The Railway Safety Regulator has published its latest “On Track” newsletter, click here to view for some interesting reading.
While we are unhappy to highlight railway accidents, this report from the UK of an incident with the Battle of Britain Class locomotive, “Tangmere”, will make interesting and informative reading for our operators of what can happen with restored locomotives.
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Reefsteamers latest depot report
Number 119 passes its hydraulic test.
Les Pivnic is well known to South African rail enthusiasts and worldwide. A former Assistant Curator of the original South African Railways Museum in Johannesburg, Les has put together his love for railways in a special edition of the on line magazine, South African Railways Illustrated. Click on the link below to read the story of a man with true passion for railways.
Reefsteamers are moving along with returning their 15F to steam
Welcome to our eleventh news updates of 2016
More progress with the Apple Express NG15
Welcome to our tenth news updates of 2016
Reefsteamers are hard at work on their 15F and 12 AR in time for the summer season
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Classic Rail are moving forward with the line from Knysna to Keyters Nek.
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Exciting News as FEDRAIL SA signs a Memorandum of Agreement with Transnet Foundation.
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Welcome to our ninth news updates of 2016
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The Apple Express team are moving forward with NG15 locomotive No: 119 and their coaching stock.
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Welcome to our eighth news updates of 2016.
Welcome to our first Operations Bulletin where we shall be updating you on a monthly basis of forthcoming Rail Preservation events.
We encourage all our members and friends to send us information on upcoming activities.
Welcome to our seventh news update of 2016.
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The Apple Express continues to move forward with their loco and coach restorations but there is still concern over the opening of the line.
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Welcome to our first news update of 2016. In these frequent bulletins we shall be updating our members and friends on matters relating to Rail Preservation and Tourism in Southern Africa. We invite all our readers to submit any comments or information that could be beneficial to the growth of rail preservation and tourism for future issues.
Date: 15 December 2015
Major participants in South Africa’s Railway Heritage and Tourism sector have combined forces to initiate the creation of a new railway heritage industry representative body, and to this end, the Federation of Heritage Railways of Southern Africa (FEDRAIL SA) has been established. A MOI (Memorandum of Incorporation) has been drawn up which seeks to provide effective, honest and professional liaison services to the sector.
Date: 8th January 2016
We have been advised by Transnet that a large number of steam locomotives will come up for sale in February 2016. These locomotives were previously classified as Heritage and to be retained. They still have a chance to survive if they are purchased by the Preservation sector. If no bids are made from people to preserve them then they will sold to the scrap industry.
As many are valuable as a source of parts these would have to be sourced from the scrap industry and from our experience the scrap industry cannot be bothered with people taking items off scrap locomotives. Alternatively they demand unrealistic prices for the spares.
The best possible solution is for people to purchase them. That of course does create yet another problem in terms of the logistics involved in moving them somewhere safe. There are various locations in South Africa, such as Reefsteamers, the Sandstone Heritage Trust and possibly others where free accommodation could be made available in the interests of Preservation. We will be canvassing the Preservation sector to see how many such storage sites might potentially be available.