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1953 South African Class 25 NC Locomotive Builder’s Plate

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This is an original builders plate made of solid brass which belonged to The South African Railways Class 25 NC 4-8-4, a steam locomotive manufactured by German Henschel & Sons in 1953, No. 28794. On the SAR, it was only after World War II, that extensive condensing tests were carried out with the modified Class 20 locomotive. The approximately 90% water and 10% coal savings which were achieved during the tests with the Class 20 in the Eastern Transvaal and the Karoo in 1950 and 1951 led to the decision to proceed with the design of a new condensing locomotive. The result, the Class 25 4-8-4 Northern type condensing loco­motive, can be considered as the ultimate in SAR non-articulated steam loco­motive design. It was designed under the direction of L.C. Grubb, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the SAR from 1949 to 1954.This is a rare find! Only 90 of these locomotives were ever manufactured. The builder’s plate collection belongs to an 87 year old, and it’s been in his family for generations. The plate has some wear on the corners which could possibly be the result of the way it was originally removed from the locomotive.

Dimensions:

20.5cm x 10.5cm

BidderBid amount Bid time
skyegR800,002024-02-06 17:49:06
beyers R750,002024-02-07 17:05:08
beyers R650,002024-02-07 17:03:14
beyers R550,002024-02-07 17:03:06
valmelp R450,002024-02-05 18:22:55
skyeg R450,002024-02-06 17:48:53
spiek R350,002024-02-05 08:14:17
Start auctionR350,00February 4, 2024 7:23 PM

This is an original builders plate made of solid brass which belonged to The South African Railways Class 25 NC 4-8-4, a steam locomotive manufactured by German Henschel & Sons in 1953, No. 28794. On the SAR, it was only after World War II, that extensive condensing tests were carried out with the modified Class 20 locomotive. The approximately 90% water and 10% coal savings which were achieved during the tests with the Class 20 in the Eastern Transvaal and the Karoo in 1950 and 1951 led to the decision to proceed with the design of a new condensing locomotive. The result, the Class 25 4-8-4 Northern type condensing loco­motive, can be considered as the ultimate in SAR non-articulated steam loco­motive design. It was designed under the direction of L.C. Grubb, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the SAR from 1949 to 1954.This is a rare find! Only 90 of these locomotives were ever manufactured. The builder's plate collection belongs to an 87 year old, and it's been in his family for generations. The plate has some wear on the corners which could possibly be the result of the way it was originally removed from the locomotive.

Dimensions:

20.5cm x 10.5cm

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