CGR 2-6-0ST 1902

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Table Bay Harbour 2-6-0ST 1902
CGR 2-6-0ST 1902
South African 2-6-0ST 1902
Harbour Board TB 2-6-0ST no. 01008.jpg
Table Bay Harbour no. 25, CGR no. 1008, SAR no. 01008, c. 1930
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Hunslet Engine Company
Builder Hunslet Engine Company
Serial number 766-770, 815-820
Build date 1901-1903
Total produced 11
 • Whyte 2-6-0ST (Mogul)
 • UIC 1Cn2t
Driver 2nd coupled axle
Gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge
Leading dia. 24 in (610 mm)
Coupled dia. 39 in (991 mm)
Wheelbase 10 ft 9 in (3,277 mm)
 • Coupled 7 ft 2 in (2,184 mm)
 • Over couplers 25 ft 3 12 in (7,709 mm)
Height 11 ft 3 58 in (3,445 mm)
Axle load 8 LT 12 cwt (8,738 kg)
 • Leading 6 LT 13 cwt (6,757 kg)
 • 1st coupled 6 LT 12 cwt (6,706 kg)
 • 2nd coupled 8 LT 8 cwt (8,535 kg)
 • 3rd coupled 8 LT 12 cwt (8,738 kg)
Adhesive weight 23 LT 12 cwt (23,980 kg)
Loco weight 30 LT 5 cwt (30,740 kg)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 1 LT 5 cwt (1.3 t)
Water cap 600 imp gal (2,730 l)
Firebox type Round-top
 • Firegrate area 10.43 sq ft (0.969 m2)
 • Pitch 6 ft (1,829 mm)
 • Diameter 3 ft 6 12 in (1,080 mm) outside
 • Tube plates 9 ft 2 in (2,794 mm)
 • Small tubes 124: 1 34 in (44 mm)
Boiler pressure 180 psi (1,241 kPa)
Safety valve Ramsbottom
Heating surface 596 sq ft (55.4 m2)
 • Tubes 533 sq ft (49.5 m2)
 • Firebox 63 sq ft (5.9 m2)
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 13 in (330 mm) bore
20 in (508 mm) stroke
Valve gear Stephenson
Couplers Johnston link-and-pin
Performance figures
Tractive effort 11,700 lbf (52 kN) @ 75%
Operators Table Bay Harbour Board
Cape Government Railways
South African Railways
Number in class 11
Numbers TBHB 18-28, CGR 1001-1011, SAR 01001-01011
Nicknames Pug
Delivered 1902-1904
First run 1902
Withdrawn 1935

The Cape Government Railways 2-6-0ST of 1902 was a South African steam locomotive from the pre-Union era in the Cape of Good Hope.

Between 1902 and 1904, eleven 2-6-0 Mogul type saddle-tank locomotives entered shunting service at the Table Bay Harbour in Cape Town. They were taken onto the Cape Government Railways roster in 1909. All of them were still in service when the South African Railways was established in 1912.[1][2][3]


Eleven 2-6-0 saddle-tank locomotives were delivered from Hunslet Engine Company to the Table Bay Harbour Board between 1902 and 1904. They were numbered in the range from 18 to 28 and entered service as harbour shunting engines at Table Bay Harbour in Cape Town.[1][2][3]


Table Bay Harbour Board[edit]

Prior to 1908, each of the harbours of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London was controlled by a Board of Directors and, as far as locomotives were concerned, each Board purchased its own engines.[3]

Cape Government Railways[edit]

In terms of Act 38 of 1908, the Cape Government Railways (CGR) became responsible for the administration of the three major harbours in the Cape of Good Hope with effect from 1 January 1909. The eleven locomotives at Table Bay Harbour in Cape Town were therefore all taken onto the CGR roster, renumbered in the range from 1001 to 1011.[1][3]

South African Railways[edit]

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. Although 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 were only implemented with effect from 1 January 1912.[4][5]

In 1912, the locomotives were considered obsolete by the SAR, even though they were only eight years old. As obsolete stock, they were renumbered by having the numeral "0" prefixed to their existing numbers.[1][2][3][5]

First World War[edit]

In 1915, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, the German South West Africa colony was occupied by the Union Defence Forces. Since a large part of the territory's railway infrastructure and rolling stock was destroyed or damaged by retreating German forces, an urgent need arose for locomotives for use on the Cape gauge lines in that territory. In 1917, numbers 01003 and 01010 were transferred to the Defence Department for service in South West Africa. Both locomotives were returned to South Africa after the war.[6]

Despite being considered obsolete, six of the locomotives remained in service until 1935 before being withdrawn and scrapped. In SAR service, all of them were transferred away from Table Bay Harbour. Five went to Durban, four to Port Elizabeth and two as workshop shunting engines to Bloemfontein.[7]

Works numbers[edit]

The works numbers, ex works dates, original numbers, renumbering, distribution and scrapping dates of the Table Bay Harbour Board's 2-6-0ST of 1902 are listed in the table.[1][5][7]


  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. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8. 
  2. ^ a b c Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. pp. 24–25. ISBN 0869772112. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Espitalier, T.J.; Day, W.A.J. (1944). The Locomotive in South Africa - A Brief History of Railway Development. Chapter II - The Cape Government Railways (Continued). South African Railways and Harbours Magazine, April 1944. pp. 253-257.
  4. ^ The South African Railways - Historical Survey. Editor George Hart, Publisher Bill Hart, Sponsored by Dorbyl Ltd., Published c. 1978, p. 25.
  5. ^ a b c Classification of S.A.R. Engines with Renumbering Lists, issued by the Chief Mechanical Engineer's Office, Pretoria, January 1912, pp. 11, 12, 17. (Reprinted in April 1987 by SATS Museum, R.3125-6/9/11-1000)
  6. ^ Espitalier, T.J.; Day, W.A.J. (1947). The Locomotive in South Africa - A Brief History of Railway Development. Chapter VII - South African Railways (Continued). South African Railways and Harbours Magazine, December 1947. p. 1033.
  7. ^ a b Hunslet works numbers, ex works dates and service information