25NC Class 4-8-4 No. 3405 - 3' 6" gauge
This is one of over 100 steam locomotives of this class built for South African Railways by the North British Locomotive Company works, makers number 27291. They were amongst the most technically advanced and powerful rigid-frame steam locomotives ever to have been built in this country. She was shipped to South Africa to provide motive power for South Africa's heavy and most prestigious passenger services, including the world-famous and luxurious "Blue Train" until the late 1970s. In her later years she continued service in the Orange Free State, where she worked until dieselisation.
This locomotive has many special features, including electric lighting and a self-cleaning smoke box. The letters NC after its number show that it is a non-condensing engine. Other locos in the class were condensing engines which reused steam from the exhaust, after it had passed through condensing radiators carried in the tenders. They could then run for over 800 miles without refilling with water, which was a great asset in South Africa’s deserts.
Repatriated to England, arriving at Southampton Docks on 23rd October 1991, and at Quainton by low loader on 28th October 1991, she is now undergoing restoration. The saga of her acquisition and the generosity of Transnet Museum Preservation Control Board (formerly S A R Museum) of Johannesburg, to say nothing of her long journey across South Africa, marshalled in a freight train, to be loaded onto the MV Ango of Ellerman Lines in Durban Harbour, is quite a story.
When it is restored it is hoped to operate a 3' 6" gauge line, with appropriate rolling stock, here at Quainton. This loco has been temporarily named Lynda.
Originally reimported in to the UK by the North British Locomotive Society, that society amalgamated with the Quainton Railway Society in October 2006, the locomotive becoming the property of the Quainton Railway Society from that date.
|Builder :-||North British Locomotive||Date Built :-||1953||Origin :-||South African Railways|
|Number :-||3405||Alternate Numbers :-||Name :-||Lynda|
|Wheel Arrangement :-||4-8-4||Tractive Effort :-||51,410 lb||Boiler Pressure :-||225 psi|
|Cylinder Dimensions :-||24" Diameter||Weight :-||117t - loco
105t - tender
|Driving Wheel Dia. :-||5' 0"|
|Owner :-||QRS||Status :-||Awaiting Heavy Overhaul||Location :-||Up Yard|
|Accession Number :-||W/0136||Arrival Date :-||NBLS 1991 / QRS 2006||Power Classification :-||BR - Not Classified|
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Page Updated: 13 April 2015