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Bulawayo - Dett

Bulawayo - Dett

Bulawayo - Dett is the southern section of the long main line that eventually reaches northern Zambia via Victoria Falls. Traffic was fairly heavy with coal from Wankie and Zambian copper providing much of the traffic. The line was still largely steam worked by the larger 15th and 20th class Garratts until the early 1990s. It wasn't an easy line to photograph, mostly running through inaccessible country far from the nearest tarred road, but a few locations could be reached with some difficulty.
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Heany Jn - West Nicholson

Heany Jn - West Nicholson

The branch from Heany Junction, east of Bulawayo, was opened as far as Gwanda in 1903 and extended to West Nicholson in 1905, a length of around 170km in total. The line was built to serve gold mining around Gwanda and West Nicholson but limestone from a quarry at Colleen Bawn to a cement works near Bulawayo provided most of the traffic. In the late 1980s Class 16A Garratts were the principal motive power, with 14As appearing less frequently.
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Class 16A Garratt

Class 16A Garratt

The 16A Class 2-8-2+2-8-2 Garratt was a post war development of the earlier 16th Class, designed for freight haulage on lines laid with 60lb rail. They had small wheels, making them good for slogging up steep gradients. A total of 30 were built in 1952-53 and a few may still be in use today, shunting around Bulawayo.
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Class 20/20A Garratt

Class 20/20A Garratt

The 20th Class 4-8-2+2-8-4 Garratts were neither the biggest nor the most powerful locomotives in Africa but they weren't far off on either count. A total of 61 were built in 1954-58 for heavy freight work and they could still be found hard at work between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls into the early 1990s.
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CFM Class 951 Garratt

CFM Class 951 Garratt

CFM locos weren't regular visitors to Zimbabwe but in the late 1980s the US Government funded the refurbishment of around 10 CFM locos at ZECO in Bulawayo. We were lucky enough to be at Sawmills when No. 960 made its first test run after being outshopped.
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