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Garratt 4-6-4-4-6-4 number 12 hauls a coal train out of Hwange colliery and then Garratt 2-6-2-2-6-2 number 512 shunts passenger stock in preparation for our group's charter train the following day. We have a brief glimpse of our organiser, Bernd Seiler of FarRail Tours attempting to get things moving. August 2005.
Garratt 2-8-2+2-8-2 number 612 heads a lengthy chartered freight from Bulawayo to Cement in August 2005. The Garratt has to work relatively hard but nevertheless maintains a respectable speed over much of the journey. The locals show little regard for lineside safety and it seems that in one village, the local school is turned out to watch both the Garratt and the strange foreigners chasing it ! Filmed by Tony Hollins.
Two magnificent Garratts take us from Bulawayo to Cement, Mbalabala to Bulawayo and Bulawayo to Victoria Falls via Thomson Junction and Hwange. This video, captured in May 2015, shows NRZ Garrratts 14A class No. 519 and 15A class No. 414 hauling freight and passenger trains. A tour by www.TANAGO.de and Geoff's Trains and Tours.
Garratt 4-6-4+4-6-4 number 416 heads a chartered mixed freight from Bulawayo to Sawmills in August 2005. Water is taken at Nymandelova. Locals show a remarkably casual attitude to an approaching train on the climb to the bridge here. I apologise for the incorrect start title which says the charter is to Cement - it's actually to Sawmills ! Filmed by Tony Hollins.
Tuesday 3 March 2015, the mixed train from Bulawayo has arrived and is shunted while a red SNCC (Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo) locomotive waits for clearance, and a pilot, to cross the Zambezi gorge into Zambia with a freight train. We look over the Beyer-Garratt locomotive and vintage carriages stored nearby before being invited into the cab of the Congolese loco by the South African driver.
4-6-4+4-6-4 Garratt number 11 heads a demonstration coal train from Thomson Junction to Hwange in August 2005. A diesel hauled freight passes Thomson Junction before the Garratt leaves. A baobab tree provides a very typical African setting part way through the Garratt's run. Filmed by Tony Hollins.
This is the Bulawayo-Vic Falls overnight train arriving at its destination of Victoria Falls, Zimbabawe.
Diesels seen on a recent trip to Zimbabwe. Locomotives from NRZ and BBR (Zimbabwe), ZR (Zambia), RRL Grindrod (South Africa). Also shown is Rovos Rail's "Pride of Africa". Locations include Bulawayo, Cement, Heany Junction, Sawmills, Thomson Junction and Victoria Falls.
The mining company BCL owns a processing plant at Selebi-Phikwe in Botswana (not Zimbabwe as the titling states!!) and operates a small fleet of 19D class 4-8-2s built by Henschel in the early 1950s. The locomotives work well, being well maintained and with, obviously, working sanding gear ! They seem to be fitted with "home made" tenders converted from tank wagons, giving them a huge water capacity. Here we see two locos being prepared and then later, operating on very heavy trains loaded with ore. The locos don't appear to carry numbers but can be identified by the facts that one has BCL on the tender and the other has a set of cow horns on the front ! Filmed by Tony Hollins in August 2005.
National Railways of Zimbabwe goods trains collided early Friday evening on the 16 October 2015 One train, carrying containers and coming from Mutare and the other was loaded with granite rocks from Harare collided at Bromley Siding near Melfort, Zimbabwe. ZBC reported that 3 people died. However the eye witness we talked to said 8 people, 4 from each train lost their lives.