Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ashton locomotive at sunset

The town of Ashton is situated on the Robertson Valley close to the start of Route 62.  As one drives along this road between Worcester and the Klein Karoo there is a steam locomotive on the left about halfway through town.  Heading down to Cape Town I made a quick stop to have a look and with the sun heading to the horizon I snapped this picture.
 
 The locomotive is a No 2010 class 14 CRB and was designed and built by the Montreal Locomotive Works Canada - a division of the American Locomotive Company.  The Class 14 CRB locomotives were built between 1910 and 1922 to specifications of Mr D. A. Hendrie Chief Mechanical Engineer of the South African Railways.  No 2010 was commissioned in 1919 and used on the Worcester / Mosselbay rail section until 1983.  This Cape Gauge locomotive weighs 84.1 tons and the 10 ton / 4250 gallon capacity tender 50.9 tons.  The tractive effort of the locomotive is 35400 pounds at 75% boiler pressure with a boiler capacity of 180 pounds per square inch.  Yeah yeah, I know its useless info to most of us but there are some train nuts out there who would find it very interesting.

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