Colorful SAR

A Forum that is covering a build of a South African N Gauge layout by Fidel Naidoo.
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Fidel Naidoo
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Joined: 18 Jul 2011, 12:44

Colorful SAR

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Apologies for not posting in the last few months.

The fact is, I am in a rented house, and the realisation that moving my layout is out of the question ( it will have to be taken apart ), I have concentrated more on getting SAR rolling stock modelled. It is a mission, because everything takes 8X longer than expected.
So, I am stockpiling all my scenic stuff for my hopefully upcoming home purchase.

Modelling SAR locomotives from various periods has highlighted something that never occured to me before : The SAR has more color than I gave it credit for. Below is the first of two 5Es in Blue train colors, and a 4E as color schemed in 1955 layout.
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The original 4Es were plain green. This was disasterous for farmers in the Cape whose farm roads crossed railway lines. They were used to the sights ( smoke, steam ) and sounds ( piston beat ) of steam engines to be aware of at their crossings. The 4Es, sadly, killed a number of people. One of the solutions was the first yellow stripes on the SAR, as seen on the model.

Looking at my models, I think I will go against my own original plans, and model stock after '82. I now need a 36 diesel in orange, and an 18E in SA RailFreight red, with gold and yellow stripes........
Fidel Naidoo
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Joined: 18 Jul 2011, 12:44

Re: Colorful SAR

Post by Fidel Naidoo »

Oh, yes.......

This week I received Jean Dulez's 'Railways of Southern Africa 150 years'. What a book. There are 1000's of photos, none of which I have ever seen before. It is the ultimate reference on SA locos. Interesting facts and anecdotes and photos. As a modeller, I appreciate that each class has a side and front line drawing of it as well.
I bought the book directly from the author, and then a few days later I thought "Hey!!! I should have asked for an autograph on the front sheet." Anyway, when the book arrived, he had signed it. Plus!!
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