Report by Chas Rickwood on zimrail:
The Bulawayo steam shed steam crane has been busy fitting a front tank to 20th class no 730 and it is now looking like a loco again. Garratt 611 was in for washout after its trip out to Cement on 17 May. No 395 was also undergoing washout and 416 was idle. No 613 was out on the West End shunt.
Reports from the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) say that hard water is a problem at most watering points on the north line. This is mostly borehole water and recent rains have aggravated the problem. “As a precaution, locos will probably take two water tanks on next week’s tour and fill up where the water is OK.”