Pictures From The Days OF South African Steam

I put together a few of my photos into a video with accompanying sound track. There is an audio of a 14CRB + GEA on Sir Lowry’s Pass on a fruit train, and an NGG 16 on the Umzinto – Donnybrook line. Regrettably, I wrote the information on most of my recordings on the cardboard insert and they have faded away!

14crb, gea, south africa steam train, western cape fruit season

A 14CRB double heads a GEA on a Western Cape apple train

I will be doing a few more of these, probably by region, as I think that adding steam sounds brings the pictures alive.

As always, your comments are appreciated. Suggestions too will be investigated.

Enjoy the video


  1. What a good idea ! I wish there were video cameras ( that we could afford ) in the 1970, let alone earlier.

    All these productions take time, but you’ve made a good job and very enjoyable. Keep them coming

    Mike in Wales

  2. yay Southern Africa – beautiful light, magnificent engines – had a blast there in 91 with Steve Howard, Paul Hogan, Tony Marsden etc, SA, Zim and Zam, Vic Falls. Montague Pass, George-Kneisner, Capetown, Kimberly – what’s not to like in that lot? 25NCs, 23s, GLs, 15s, 16s, 24s, GMAMs. You have many lovely shots there John and were certainly more adventurous than I, vis a vis Mozambique scrapes etc – it must have been the mean streets of Pymble and Turramurra that prepared you for that lot….

  3. Charles Janssen Schmidt says

    Hi John.

    Nice idea, perhaps you could cite the source of your “recording”, which if I’m not mistaken comes from Sunset of Steam. I’m sure Dee Worman (Derek’s widow) would appreciate it?


    • Hi Charles,

      Thanks very much for leaving a comment.

      The recordings I use as background are my own. They were recorded on a Uher cassette deck. This is the first time they have been made public. I am still in the process of tranferring some reel to reel recordings from NSW made back around 1970. I have difficulty identifying the exact locations as the notes I made on the cover have faded to the point I can hardly read them!


    • Dear Charles, I hope you don’t mind me contacting you. I am the Archivist of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society and, more broadly, a historian of British post war radio comedy. In the course of my research into the archives of the SABC, I came across references to material consigned to the SABC by a Derek Worman. Further information in the files suggested that Mr Worman worked at some point for the BBC as a sound engineer. I was wondering whether the Derek Worman you mention in this conversation is the same one mentioned in the SABC files. If so, I would be keen to be introduced to his widow, because on the items he consigned to the SABC was of particular interest to me (although I have been told that the item is currently lost. if you are able to help, I would be very grateful. Kind regards, Tristan

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