South African Railways (SAR) once operated a not inconsiderable number of 2ft Narrow Gauge lines, to compliment their extensive 3ft 6in ‘Cape Gauge’ network. Usually, built in areas with more challenging terrain, these lines were often used as feeders to the main-line, whilst others were very much a system in their own right. At 177 miles long and complete with 2 branch lines and a 12-mile-long private siding, the Avontuur Railway was by far the most extensive and indeed impressive. The SAR 2ft Gauge lines were home to a wide variety of vehicles. Some were unique to their allocated line but others were standard designs and spread far and wide. It is also pleasing to note that a great many locomotives and items of rolling stock have survived into preservation in South Africa and indeed around the world. Resurgam Rolling Stock offers a large range of 16mm scale kits, representing South African Railway Narrow Gauge Prototypes. These kits are a natural accompaniment to the ‘Accucraft’ NG15 ‘Kalahari’ and NG/G16 ‘Garratt’, as well as the upcoming NG6 ‘Lawley’. However, many of these vehicles are preserved in the UK, with numerous examples to be found on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, as well as the Vale of Rheidol and Lynton and Barnstaple Railways.
Indeed, for those not overly concerned with rigorous adherence to the prototype, they make for generously proportioned, but not unduly long vehicles, which will sit well with many of the larger, generic live-steam locomotives currently in circulation. Specification
- 16mm Scale Laser Cut Kits available in MDF or Plywood
- Proven ‘Hidden Slot and Tab’ construction for easy, accurate assembly
- Highly detailed, with copious engraved rivet detail and full strapping
- Complete with steel wheelsets and oil-filled bronze bearings
- Can be built to 32 or 45mm gauge as standard (please specify when ordering)
Most of the vehicles represented in the range were built in significant quantities. As such no lettering or numbering is provided as it would be impractical to include so many numbering options. However, ‘Endon Valley Decals’ produce appropriate decals and these can be customised to suit your requirements.