"The resting place of old rolling stock" Usakos Things to Do Tip by CatherineReichardt

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  Old locomotive, Usakos
by CatherineReichardt

This wonderful old steam locomotive is parked in a siding on the left hand side of the road as your enter Usakos from the Windhoek/Karibib side and is one of only a couple of notable landmarks in the town.

For the train spotters among us - bless your little hooded anoraks! - I include the following extract from the Steam Locomotives of South Africa website (see link below):

""2’0” gauge Class Hd/NG5 2-8-2 #40 Henschel works number 10720 built in 1912 plinthed in front of the Usakos station building. The station building has since been demolished by run away trucks

"In 1960, after the Usakos-Karabib-Tsumeb-Grootfontein line's narrow gauge was broadend from 2 feet to 3 feet 6 inches, all of the railway system in South West Africa was dieselised. Up to that time steam traction was used, and before 1960 many a steam locomotive, including the old Henschel #40 shown here, would have quenched its thirst with an ample load of water from these historic water tank towers at the Usakos railway yards."

Improbably, newspaper reports that I have found indicate that this loco has been hit by trucks on no fewer than three separate occasions between 2006 and 2009, which hardly does much for your faith in the quality of Namibian truck drivers! As a result, the municipality has requested that the loco be relocated (sorry - couldn't resist!) to a safer position outside the municipal buildings out of the way of runaway trucks.

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2011
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