Eskom’s plans to restore heritage steam engines get derailed

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Eskom’s plans to restore heritage steam engines get derailed

Fate of six irreplaceable steam engines in the balance as owner Eskom looks for partners to help restore them

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The fate of six irreplaceable steam engines is up in the air as owner Eskom scrabbles to find someone with deep pockets to take them off its hands.

The locomotives — three of which are more 100 years old — were spotted surrounded by scrap in a remote section of the utility’s Rosherville complex in Ekurhuleni by a railway historian who was researching a book.

 “I have been flying around SA on Google Earth checking industrial sites,” said Dr John Middleton, a Washington DC-based author, “and I saw something interesting and disturbing.” ..

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