NGG16 No.129

Ex-South African Railways Beyer-Garratt locomotive

 

This photo was contributed by Stefan Rebgetz and shows No.129's engine units stored on NQR flat wagons near the PBR's Emerald station.

No. 129 is a 2'-gauge South African Railways 'NGG16' class Beyer-Garratt locomotive.  It was built by Beyer Peacock & Co of Manchester (builder's No.7430 of 1951) to their "Beyer-Garratt" patented design of articulated steam locomotive.

No. 129 was acquired from the South African Railways by the Puffing Billy Railway and imported to Australia in 1996.  It was initially dismantled to facilitate assessment, design and planning for regauging and rebuilding to 2' 6", with the major components stored at various PBR sites for a decade . 

Rebuilding and restoration of NGG16 No.129 is now progressing in earnest, in response to the demand for a powerful steam locomotive to augment G42 on the heaviest passenger trains on the Puffing Billy Railway.  b

In order to give an impression of how NGG16 No.129 may look following restoration, some images of sister locomotive No.143 in steam on the Welsh Highland Railway are shown below.  These images are copyright to Barrie Hughes and originally appeared on his excellent Welsh Highland Railway pages, and are reproduced with permission.

A taste of things to come: sister NGG16 locomotive No.143 at Plas-y-nant on the Welsh Highland Railway on 12 September 2004 .

This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Concord 3340z (3.1 Mega pixel) digital camera.

Image post processed using iPhoto Plus4 image correction technology and displayed at 96dpi

Another view of sister NGG16 locomotive No.143 at work on the Welsh Highland Railway; this view is dated 21 March 2004.

This image is copyright Barrie Hughes and was taken on a Samsung Digimax 200 camera.

Image post processed using iPhoto Plus4 image correction technology and displayed at 96dpi.

 

 

References

 

a 'Light Railways - Australia's Magazine of Industrial & Narrow Gauge Railways', Number 224, April 2012. Published by Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc.  News item on page 35.
b Webmaster's personal observation or comment.

 

Page updated:  2 May 2012

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