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Steam from Moçambique

International No. 10 contains an 8 page article by Dusty Durrant on Zambeze Sugar Steam which lists the known locomotives of the narrow gauge sugar railways in the country. (Please write to Paul Catchpole, 47, Glenwood Road, Kings Norton, Birmingham B38 8HE,UK if you want a copy - he is not on Email. The cost is £3.75 surface mail Worldwide - add 75p for AirMail.)  The Civil War there has not exactly facilitated visits, but it was generally accepted that the locomotives survived. Now it seems that most have been sold for export although the modern (1950s) Pecketts are being retained and will work again in due course. Peter Nash has put together this summary of the current position - click here for a December 2000 update from Mocambique.

"The following engines exist and are being returned from Moçambique :

Marromeu

No 1 0-8-0T Henschel 15540/17
No 2 0-8-0T Henschel 13779/15
No 3 0-8-0T Henschel 14928/17
No 4 0-6-2T Fowler 12817/11
No 6 0-8-0T Henschel 15551/17
No 7 0-8-0T Schwartzkopf 6728 (or 6828/17)
No 8 0-6-0T O&K 11468/27 Derelict by 1966
No 8 0-8-0T O&K 8356/17
No 9 0-8-0T Henschel 13778/15
No 10 0-6-2T Fowler 15515/20
No 10 0-8-0T Hartmann 4300/19
No 15 0-8-0T Henschel 14967/17
No 16 0-4-2T Fowler 15513/20
No 17 0-4-0WT Henschel 20777/27 Derelict 1966
No 17 0-6-0T Fowler 18800/30
No 18 0-8-0T Hanomag 8282/17
No 19 0-8-0T Henschel 14913/17
No 20 0-4-2T Fowler 16453/25
No 21 0-4-2T Fowler 11938/09
No 22 0-4-0T Henschel 23148/36
No 23 0-6-2T Fowler 15515/20

Luabo

No 1 0-8-0T Henschel 14681/16
No 3 0-8-0T Henschel 14019/16
No 5 0-8-0T Schwartzkopf 6731/17
No 6 0-8-0T Henschel 14676 or 14671/17
No 11 0-4-0T Henschel 11831/26

Of these, the 3 Fowler 0-4-2Ts, 1 Fowler 0-6-0T (actually a well-tank), 1 Fowler 0-6-2T, 1 Henschel 0-4-0T and 13 Feldbahns (9 of the Henschels and 1 Hanomag, 1 Hartmann, 2 Schwartzkopf & 1 O&K) are back, making a total of 19 back with a maximum (I think) of seven to come back.

From the article in Locomotives International, this leaves several engines unaccounted for, including the 6 Peckett 0-6-0ST/0-6-0T which are staying to be used on the new estate. With a big of juggling, it can therefore be said that from the 44 engines identified in the article, that 19 are back with a possible 7 left to come, with the 6 above staying, leaving 12 engines not accounted for. I estimate these to be : -

Marromeu

Original 1-3
Original 5 0-6-2T Fowler 12818/11
Original 11
Original 12 0-6-2T Fowler
Original 13
Original 14

Luabo

8 Probably 0-4-2T ex Mopeia
9 Probably 0-4-2T ex Mopeia
15 ?
17 ?"

(I believe that the 3ft 0in gauge locomotives have somehow got missed out and are still present. RD)


Rob Dickinson

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