CGR 1st Class 0-4-0ST 1876

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CGR 1st Class 0-4-0ST 1876
South African Class 01 0-4-0ST 1876
CGR 0-4-0ST 1876.jpg
CGR 1st Class 0-4-0ST of 1876
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Hunslet Engine Company
Builder Hunslet Engine Company
Serial number 168, 185-186
Build date 1875-1876
 • Whyte 0-4-0ST (Four-coupled)
 • UIC Bn2t
Driver 2nd coupled axle
Gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge
Coupled dia. 30 in (762 mm)
Wheelbase 6 ft (1,829 mm)
 • Over couplers 20 ft 9 in (6,325 mm)
Height 10 ft (3,048 mm)
Frame type Plate
Adhesive weight 13 LT 5 cwt (13,460 kg)
Loco weight 13 LT 5 cwt (13,460 kg)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 15 long hundredweight (0.8 t)
Water cap 280 imp gal (1,300 l)
Firebox type Round-top
 • Firegrate area 4.5 sq ft (0.42 m2)
 • Pitch 4 ft 4 12 in (1,334 mm)
 • Diameter 2 ft 5 12 in (749 mm) outside
 • Tube plates 9 ft 6 in (2,896 mm)
Boiler pressure 130 psi (896 kPa)
Safety valve Salter
Heating surface 300 sq ft (28 m2)
 • Tubes 270 sq ft (25 m2)
 • Firebox 30 sq ft (2.8 m2)
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 9 12 in (241 mm) bore
16 in (406 mm) stroke
Valve gear Stephenson
Valve type Slide
Couplers Johnston link-and-pin
Performance figures
Tractive effort 4,693 lbf (20.88 kN) @ 75%
Operators Cape Government Railways
South African Railways
Number in class 3
Numbers E2-E4
Delivered 1876-1877
First run 1876

The Cape Government Railways 1st Class 0-4-0ST of 1876 was a South African steam locomotive from the pre-Union era in the Cape of Good Hope.

In 1876 and 1877, three Cape gauge saddle-tank locomotives with a 0-4-0 wheel arrangement were placed in service on the Eastern System of the Cape Government Railways. They were designated 1st Class when a classification system was adopted.[1][2][3]


The Hunslet Engine Company delivered three 0-4-0 saddle-tank locomotives to the Eastern System of the Cape Government Railways (CGR) in 1876 and 1877. They were similar to the 1st Class 0-4-0ST of 1875 in most respects, but instead of domeless boilers which took steam from the steam space above the firebox, they had steam domes with large polished brass covers.[1][2]

The first locomotive arrived in East London in 1876 and was numbered E2. Two more were delivered in 1877, numbered E3 and E4. When a classification system for locomotives was introduced on the CGR, these locomotives were designated 1st Class.[1][2][3]


Railway construction out of East London on the Eastern System only began in earnest in 1876. Along with the domeless boilered no. E1, which had arrived in East London in October 1875, these three engines were in all probability also employed as construction locomotives from the outset.[2][4]

Works numbers and renumbering[edit]

By 1888, no. E3 was scrapped and in 1897 no. E2 was sold to the Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij (NZASM), where it was allocated no. 999.[1]

When the Union of South Africa was established on 31 May 1910, the three Colonial government railways (CGR, Natal Government Railways and Central South African Railways) were united under a single administration to control and administer the railways, ports and harbours of the Union. Even though the South African Railways and Harbours came into existence in 1910, the actual classification and renumbering of all the rolling stock of the three constituent railways required careful planning and was only implemented with effect from 1 January 1912.[3][4]

The sole survivor, no. E4, by then renumbered 602, was considered obsolete by the SAR and was therefore designated Class 01 and renumbered 0602. The works numbers, years in service, original numbers and known renumbering of the 1st Class 0-4-0ST locomotives of 1876 are listed in the table.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 118–119. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d C.G.R. Numbering Revised, Article by Dave Littley, SA Rail May–June 1993, pp. 94-95.
  3. ^ a b c d Classification of S.A.R. Engines with Renumbering Lists, issued by the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office, Pretoria, January 1912, p. 17. (Reprinted in April 1987 by SATS Museum, R.3125-6/9/11-1000)
  4. ^ a b The South African Railways - Historical Survey. Editor George Hart, Publisher Bill Hart, Sponsored by Dorbyl Ltd., Published c. 1978, pp. 11, 25.