Category: SAR / CGR Passenger Carriages

CGR/SAR L-4 First Class Carriage

One of several 2ft gauge carriage types built originally for the Cape Government Railway and later passed to South African Railways, and used on the Avontuur Branch, running from Port Elizabeth to Avontuur. Whilst a number survive in this original condition, many were later converted to corridor carriages and had their bodywork extended to permit […]
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CGR/SAR L-5 First Class Corridor Carriage

These vehicles were rebuilt from L-4 carriages, in order to provide sanatory facilities for the travelling public. To this end they were lengthened and a W/C compartment inserted in the middle; internal doors were installed to provide corridor access from all compartments. Although prototypical for SAR, this vehicle would look at home on most 16mm […]
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CGR/SAR N-3 First Class Brake Composite

Seven of these carriages were built for the Cape Government Railway and later passed to South African Railways; all eventually found their way to the Avontuur Branch. Two have survived into preservation with Apple Express, although both have been heavily modified. Over their working lives these vehicles have seen several different liveries and many had […]
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CGR/SAR S-15 Third Class Corridor Carriage

These vehicles were rebuilt from 5 compartment carriages, in order to provide sanatory facilities for the travelling public. To this end the vehicles were lengthened and a W/C compartment inserted in the middle; internal doors were installed to provide corridor access from all compartments. Although prototypical for SAR, this comparatively short bogie vehicle would look […]
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CGR/SAR S-5 Third Class Carriage

One of several 2ft gauge carriage types built originally for the Cape Government Railway and later passed to South African Railways and used on the Avontuur Branch, running from Port Elizabeth to Avontuur. None survive in this original condition, having been later converted to corridor carriages and had their bodywork extended to permit inclusion of […]
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CGR/SAR T-1 Third Class Brake Composite

These were the last batch of 2ft gauge carriages built for the Cape Government Railway and later passed to South African Railways. They were used on the Avontuur Branch, as well as the Hopefield Line. However, all went on to end their days of the Avontuur where most lost their passenger accommodation and were reclassified […]
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CGR/SAR U-2 ‘Walmer’ Suburban Carriage

The Walmer Branch opened in 1906 and was a ‘passenger only’ line, built to connect the suburb of the same name directly to Port Elizabeth. A pair of very elegant Bagnall 4-6-2 tanks were provided as the prime motive power for this service, along with three distinctive balcony carriages; designated U-2. Bench seating was arranged […]
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SAR L-13 First Class Carriage

Eight of these First Class vehicles were constructed by ‘Sachsische Waggon’ and delivered to SAR in 1927. They were placed in service on the Kakamas Branch, South West Africa and later on branches in Natal, as well as the Avontuur. Before the end of their working lives, many of these vehicles were rebuilt in various […]
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