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

East London Harbour 0-6-0ST
CGR 0-6-0ST
South African 0-6-0ST
East London Harbour no. 2, CGR no. 1028,
SAR no. 01028, c. 1920
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
DesignerHunslet Engine Company
BuilderHunslet Engine Company
Serial number793-794
Build date1902
Total produced2
 • Whyte0-6-0ST
 • UICCn2t
Driver2nd coupled axle
Gauge3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge
Coupled dia.33 in (838 mm)
Wheelbase10 ft 5 in (3,175 mm) ​
 • Axle spacing
1-2: 5 ft 2 in (1,575 mm)
2-3: 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm)
 • Over couplers23 ft 3+34 in (7,106 mm)
Height10 ft 1 in (3,073 mm)
Axle load8 LT 2 cwt (8,230 kg) ​
 • 1st coupled8 LT 2 cwt (8,230 kg)
 • 2nd coupled6 LT 5 cwt (6,350 kg)
 • 3rd coupled5 LT 7 cwt (5,436 kg)
Adhesive weight20 LT 4 cwt (20,520 kg)
Loco weight20 LT 4 cwt (20,520 kg)
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacity15 long hundredweight (0.8 t)
Water cap.400 imp gal (1,820 L)
 • TypeRound-top
 • Grate area6.38 sq ft (0.593 m2)
 • Pitch5 ft 2+34 in (1,594 mm)
Boiler pressure140 psi (965 kPa)
Heating surface:
 • Firebox36 sq ft (3.3 m2)
 • Tubes326 sq ft (30.3 m2)
 • Total surface362 sq ft (33.6 m2)
Cylinder size10+12 in (267 mm) bore
16 in (406 mm) stroke
Valve gearStephenson
CouplersJohnston link-and-pin
Performance figures
Tractive effort6,150 lbf (27.4 kN) @ 75%
OperatorsEast London Harbour Board
Cape Government Railways
South African Railways
Number in class2
NumbersELHB 1-2, CGR 1027-1028,
SAR 01027-01028
First run1902

In 1902, two 0-6-0ST locomotives entered shunting service at the East London Harbour. They were taken onto the Cape Government Railways roster in 1909 and both were still in service when the South African Railways was established in 1912.[1][2]



In 1902, two 00-6-0STlocomotives were delivered from Hunslet Engine Company to the East London Harbour Board, with works numbers 793 and 794, ex works in August and September 1902 respectively. Numbered 1 and 2 with number plates on their tanks and with plates reading "EAST LONDON HARBOUR BOARD" on their cabsides, they were placed in service as harbour shunters at East London Harbour.[1][2][3]



Cape Government Railways


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. Both locomotives were therefore taken onto the CGR roster and renumbered to 1027 and 1028.[1][3]

South African Railways


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 two locomotives were considered obsolete, even though they were only ten years old. As obsolete stock, they were renumbered by having the numeral "0" prefixed to their existing numbers. Even so, they remained in service into the 1930s.[1][2][5]



The main picture and the following illustrate both sides of engine no. 01028 while in South African Railways service.


  1. ^ a b c d Holland, D. F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways. Vol. 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, England: David & Charles. p. 125-126. 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. p. 26. ISBN 0869772112.
  3. ^ a b 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. p. 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 Classification of S.A.R. Engines with Renumbering Lists, issued by the Chief Mechanical Engineer's Office, Pretoria, January 1912, p. 17. (Reprinted in April 1987 by SATS Museum, R.3125-6/9/11-1000)