The Last Rites of The Alfred County Railway

Narrow gauge enthusiasts around the world have been shocked by the scrapping of the last remaining NGG16 locomotives from the Port Shepstone-Harding line at Paddock in Kwa Zulu Natal in recent months despite efforts by the Sandstone Heritage Trust to purchase and preserve them. This has now attracted the attention of Narrow Gauge World Magazine in the UK with an article on these sad events. Click here to view the article.

SAR Mainline Coaches.

SAR Mainline Coaches. Leith Paxton, the well known South African railway author, has produced a spectacular book of drawings on SAR mainline coaches. The front cover picture shows a 15F working at Swartkops in Port Elizabeth while clicking on the link will take you to an example of the quality of the drawings. A similar book on narrow gauge rolling stock is expected in the future. To purchase the book you can contact the author on e mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swartkops 15F V2

Click here to see an example of the Drawings

DRISA Newsletter

The Transnet Library has released its latest newsletter from the Digital Rail Images SA (DRISA) project. Click here to see the latest developments.


Dear FEDRAIL SA member

Recently we published  South African Railways Illustrated 100 Black & White Photos Part 1 on the FEDRAIL SA web site, here is Part 2 to complete the series, You can navigate directly to it by clicking the image below.

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South African Railways Illustrated Part 1

We are  sure you will enjoy this splendid on line publication courtesy of Charles Baker and South African Railways Illustrated. Just click on the cover and follow the link

Souuth African Railways Black White Photos

National Railway Safety Management Standards

Below attached notifications for the publication of the following National Railway Safety Management Standards:




SANS 3000-1:2016

Railway safety management Part 1: General

20 December 2016

SANS 3000-2-1:2017

Railway safety management Part 2-1: Requirements for systemic engineering and operational safety standards - Electrical distribution and overhead traction systems,

20 February 2017

SANS 3000-2-2:2016

Railway safety management Part 2-2: Requirements for systemic engineering and operational safety standards - Track and associated civil infrastructure and installations

07 October 2016

Please start familiarising yourselves with the requirements of these standards, and further communication regarding the commencement of implementation will be forwarded soon.

Publication letter_SANS 3000-2-1 (1)

Publication letter_SANS 3000-2-2 (1)

SABS-TC1066 N0040 Publication letter SANS 3000-1_ (1)

The Railway Safety Regulator

The Railway Safety Regulator kindly invites you to attend a Technical Workshop scheduled for the Western Cape Region on the 07th-08th June 2017

Please click on the linkk for the following applicable documents for the Workshop:

  • Invitation with details of the Technical Workshop
  • The Registration Form
  • Programme

    Please complete the attached Registration Form to secure your reservation and send back to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Kindly take note of the safety benefit of these sessions and give them priority.

    The final date for registration is the 30th May 2017

    Confirmation of attendance will be sent out to all on the 31st May 2017

    For further enquiries, do not hesitate to contact Xoliswa Majoka @ (012) 848 3116
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