Sunday, July 31, 2011
2011-07-31: Coal Train at Wintervogel on way to Saldanha
16:12 This train has just passed the Wintervogel siding and in the original image some 33 wagons carrying anthracite coal for the smelters at Saldanha can be counted. This photo courtesy Elna Conradie.
This photo courtesy Elna Conradie.
The consist numbers are 35-029, 35-039, 35-037 and 35-061, This photo courtesy Elna Conradie.
This gives some idea of the size of the "arrow" coal wagons. This photo courtesy Elna Conradie.
The CCR "arrow" wagons have a capacity of 67 cubic metres, and each one can carry 58,000 kg coal. The Steel smelter at Saldanha requires 675,000 tons of anthracite per annum - this boils down to some 11637 wagons of coal of this type - or an average of 32 wagons per day all year round! [Source for tonnage here.]
In about 5 minutes the train will reach Kalbaskraal from where it will branch off the Malmesbury line towards Darling and beyond. This photo courtesy Elna Conradie.