Peter Bagshawe reports –
The latest TFR auction closes on Thursday 5 July 2012.
The sale includes 9 locomotives, 42 coaches, 2 cabooses and 362 wagons, friction-bearing bogies, containers and sundry other items. Many of the
wagons are being sold without bogies (some are being sold “without wheels and bogies” – which rather strangely implies that the wheels from those to
be sold just “without bogies” are included in the sale).
• Lot 13 covers four class 7E2 locos E7174/7193/7194/7203 at Pyramid South.
Although the photos show them mounted on bogies, they are noted as bodies only, the bogies and wheels not being included in the sale.
• After selling the Metroblitz coaches in a previous auction, it is now the turn of the Metroblitz locos E12001-12005 at Koedoespoort. All five are covered by Lot 26 and are being sold complete with bogies. It is noted that the traction motors have a high copper content. From the photos it seems that E12002/12003 are still in reasonable external condition. Some are still carrying their SAR/SAS number plates.
• Lot 5: 37 coaches at Bloemfontein. These are mainly standard 1st, 2nd and 3rd class coaches along with one baggage van (21028). Of interest are two wood-bodied clerestory-roofed coaches 14233 and 14234 from the service fleet, and two coaches from the Phelophepa health train. 14346 was the eye clinic and 14363 was a staff coach.
• Lot 21 covers three burned out coaches at Kroonstad (25744/29017/33061)
• Lot 24: Two more burned out coaches at Glencoe. Identity in doubt as although the photos show them with roughly painted numbers 25597 and 26010, the documentation has them as 25221 and 26101.
• Lot 5 at Bloemfontein includes two cabooses, 14818 and 14907.
• There is the usual mix of wagons.
[The five 3kV DC class 12E locos worked the Blue Train between Pretoria and Kimberley for many years. – editor