South African Railways 150 Years (1860-2011)
The two part DVD commences with a review of the ancient steam locomotives of the very first standard gauge railway companies in the Cape and Natal colonies. next, follows the development of steam motive power under various regional governments in South Africa. This was a consequence after the decision, taken in 1875, to continue railway construction according to a narrower track gauge, namely the so-called "Cape" (067mm). The main operations took place under the Cape, Natal and Transvaal government railway administrations (CGR, NGR and NAZSM), The latter, together with the Orange Free State railways, were operated by the Central South African Railways or CSAR after he end of then Anglo-Boer War in1902.
Following amalgamation of the previous four regional government into the Union of South Africa in 1910, all the regional railways were further consolidated into the South Africa Railways or SAR. This state transport organization has recently been restructured and is now knows as Transnet, with the railway arm cow called Transnet Freight Rail (TFR; previously called Spoornet). The commuter passenger operation systems have also been separated now and operate under the name "Metrorail". In addition, this review has a look at some private and provincial systems, such as various mining operations and the recently opened Gautrain Rapid Rail Link.
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