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Pioneer South African steam society Reefsteamers closes after 24 years

SOUTH African main line steam operator Reefsteamers entered into voluntary liquidation on December 14.

Its last steam hauled train pulled into the depot at Germiston and finally dropped its fire.

Reefsteamers was one of the major players on the country’s national network, running many tours since 1995. It did not just run trains but restored the locomotives and rolling stock inside the old steam shed owned by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), the equivalent of Network Rail. The shed is in the middle of a huge railway complex surrounded by sidings so

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