General information for South African Class 26 4-8-4 Locomotive:
The Class 26, popularly known as the Red Devil, is a 4-8-4 steam locomotive that had been rebuilt from a Class 25NC locomotive, by mechanical engineer David Wardale from England, who was working for the South African Railways. The rebuilding took place at the Salt River Works in Cape Town and was based on the principle developed by Argentinian mechanical engineer L.D. Porta.
Manufacturer of original:
The original locomotive from which the Class 26 was rebuilt entered service in 1953 as the last of the Class 25NC 4-8-4 Northern locomotives to be built. The Class 25 condensing and Class 25NC non-condensing locomotives were designed by the South African Railways (SAR) in conjunction with Henschel and Son and were built in 1953. The first Class 25, number 3451, most of the Class 25 condensing tenders and Class 25NC in the number range from 3412 to 3450 were built by Henschel, while Class 25NC in the number range from 3401 to 3411 and the other eighty-nine Class 25 condensing locomotives were built by the North British Locomotive Company (NBL) in Glasgow, Scotland Work on Class 25NC number 3450 started at the end of 1979. The manufacturing of all new items and modifications to existing parts were carried out at the SAR workshops at Salt River in Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Beaconsfield in Kimberley, Koedoespoort in Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg, the work being allocated to the workshop best suited to the particular task at hand.
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