Gallery 1030 - Steam Locomotives in Zimbabwe - Part 1
The Beyer Garratt articulated steam locomotive was designed and built by Beyer Peacock in Manchester. Rhodesian Railways had many of these locomotives and used them all over their 3ft 6in gauge system. Eventually Rhodesia became Zambia and Zimbabwe and both these railways continued to use the locos they had inherited. Zimbabwe underwent a refurbishment programme and this gave this steam goliaths an extended life. In 1987 when this essay was photographed they were in complete charge of all traffic north of Bulawayo to Thomson Junction for Wankie Colliery and on to Victoria Falls.
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