Category: SAR Open Wagons

SAR ‘NG-8D-11 / NG-8D-13’ ‘Open Wagon’

These 2ft gauge, wooden bodied open wagons were originally built as ‘Type O’ open wagons for the Otavi Minen und Eisenbahn Gesellschaft (OMEG), in former German South West Africa (now Namibia). During the early part of the First World War, Union of South Africa forces drove the Germans out and seized control of this line. […]
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SAR ‘Type 1’ ‘B-Wagon’

The earliest variant of the ubiquitous ‘B-wagon’, which features a range of detail differences compared to the later ‘Type 2’; in particular the ‘Type 1’ features a much greater degree of riveted construction, with different end and door details. These vehicles were seen in use over many of the SAR 2ft gauge lines, sometimes in […]
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SAR ‘Type 1’ ST ‘Lumber’ Wagon

The ST ‘Lumber’ wagons were a common sight on the lines in Natal and some were utilised in the later days of the Avontuur Branch. Whilst ideal for those modelling SAR, this distinctive looking vehicle could find a home on all but the smallest garden railways. Specification - 16mm Scale Laser Cut Kit available in […]
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SAR ‘Type 2’ ‘B-Wagon’

One of the ubiquitous SAR Narrow Gauge bogie vehicles, ‘B-Wagons’ were a common site on many of the 2ft gauge lines. They were used to carry a variety of loads and were also subsequently modified with addition of stakes for carrying logs and sugar cane. Many photographs show these vehicles running in block consists of […]
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SAR NG DZ-10 ‘Dropside’ Wagon

These vehicles were a development of the earlier DZ vehicles and built with extended sides and ends to increase their overall capacity. They were used primarily for the transportation of limestone between Loerie and Chelsea on the Avontuur Branch. Over time a number of these vehicles lost their side extensions, and as such, kits for […]
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SAR NG DZ-9 ‘Dropside’ Wagon

The very first 'all steel bogie dropside wagons' were built for the Natal Government Railway in 1910, with South African Railways continuing to purchase them thereafter. They saw use on many of the 2ft Gauge SAR Lines, carrying all manner of material from limestone to sugar cane. A number of these extremely useful vehicles have […]
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SAR NG- Y-1 Ballast Hopper Wagon

These magnificent vehicles were originally constructed for the project to upgrade the Avontuur Branch and were considered a ‘miniaturised’ version of their 3ft 6in gauge equivalent. Two batches were built by Hudson (SA), the first in 1968 and the second in 1976, and featured variable side discharge doors and were braked on both bogies. Whilst […]
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SAR NG-C ‘Gondola’ Wagon

The NG C-class ‘Gondola’ wagons first appeared from 1976, specifically intended for the limestone traffic between Loerie and Chelsea on the Avontuur Branch. At Chelsea there was a connection to the 12-mile-long private system belonging to the Eastern Province Cement Co, which later became Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC). The new ‘Gondolas’ weighed about half a […]
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