Research: Rail History - Lowveldt

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Dirk Benson
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Dear Friends of the Rail Forum.
I am writing a novel and requires historical facts pertaining to the history of the rail development between Waterval Boven and Nelspruit and especially the Barberton connection between 1885 and 1900. When was these lines started and completed? What locomotives were used and who were the contractors or engineers involved?
I will appreciate any information and if you can point me towards other reading material pertaining to the above.
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Dirk Benson
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I notice there's been no reply to this yet. I don't know the answer, but what about some of our experts? Dylan? Nathan? Gabor?
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Hi there all!

Unfortunately, I have very limited knowledge on this particular topic, however, I recently purchase Boons' book; "Tracks across the Veldt", which has been rather an interesting read so far for me!
I have yet to get to the chapter in this particular book that makes reference to rail development/s between Waterval Boven and Nelspruit and the Barberton branch.


All I can suggest is that Dirk purchase a book (either in English or Afrikaans) from Boon, for his library! The book is worthwhile having around when needing information about our railway and how the lines have contributed to the developments around SA!

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Perhaps the best two people to get hold of are Les Pivnic, former head of the Transnet Museum, and one of our FOTR members, Eric Samuels, who is a committee member of the Railway History Society of SA (I think that's the organisation's name). When I get their contact details to hand, I will private message you, Dirk.
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Contact Boon at info@boon.co.za
Not only can he give you details, he will be able to sell you his book which is essential reading for your purposes.
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What is the book about? Is it worth getting for the casual reader? Is it expensive?
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This book is a real gem. It is a must for the SA railway enthusiast and breaks new ground. Of interest to casual readers too, the price is also reasonable at about R250.
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You've all convinced me. I've just belatedly ordered my copy.
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