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Col André Kritzinger's Collection
 
3/29/2017
 
 
 
 
 
By:Col André Kritzinger
Dates:7/12/2007 - 7/12/2007
Album Info:On 7 June 2007 a Piketberg bound coal train derailed at Biesiesfontein farm just north of Moorreesburg after floods caused the roadbed to subside. Five crew members were injured. Rain continued for several days and many of these pictures were taken on 9 June 2007 while the wreck crew was still battling to clear up the mess, badly hampered by the soggy conditions. Join me for a visit to the site....
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SAR Class 35-000
Title:  SAR Class 35-000
Description:  Two units approach the derailment scene from Moorreesburg to come lend some muscle to the wrecking crew. The rain has let up for the moment, but a lot more wet weather has been forecast.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 8:27:09 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAS 35-066(U15C)
Views:  1010   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Wrecked coal wagons and soggy mud, with more rain coming - not an easy mess to clear up!
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 8:36:12 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  690   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Wrecked coal wagons and soggy mud and coal spilled all over. The cab of the trailing loco is visible at left.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 8:47:06 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  578   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Here the soggy conditions that the wrecking crew face can clearly be seen - note the mud submerged bogie to the right under the remains of the red wagon. The ground is so soggy that it's hard to walk, making it even harder for heavy machines to move around.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 8:59:25 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  436   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Just this side of the Bluegums in the background the track crosses a bridge across a small stream that's still pretending to be the mighty Zambezi. It appears that it couldn't cope with the flooding on 7 June, which led to the derailment.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 9:07:44 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  541   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The four diesels lying on their sides in the mud, waiting for the mess of coal wagons behind them to be cleared so that the track can be repaired to enable the heavy lifters to reach the locos.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 9:19:31 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-027(U15C)
Views:  946   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  It could probably have been worse if the train had rolled over to the left and rolled down the slope..... Most of the bent rails have already been cut up and removed.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 9:28:52 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-027(U15C)
Views:  967   Comments: 1
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Not the side of a locomotive that one should see....
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 9:41:54 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-027(U15C)
Views:  691   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  In April 2004 I had the privilege of a cab ride across Sir Lowry's Pass in 35-408. Not much room left in that cab now, since 35-403 ploughed into it during the accident.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 9:58:05 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-408(U15C)
Views:  904   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Lady luck smiled on the shunter crew who rode in the third unit, 35-403. The chances that anyone would have survived in the cab of 35-408, the second unit, is virtually zero.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 10/4/2007 6:50:08 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-408(U15C)
Views:  656   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  There's not much left of the cab of 35-408 after 35-403 (visible behind) ploughed into it during the accident. There were five crew members on board and all were injured, the worst having suffered a broken pelvis and broken ribs. Fortunately none of them were riding in 35-408, which was the second unit in the consist.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 10:02:14 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-408(U15C)
Views:  503   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  35-403 lies partially buried in mud, with part of 35-408's destroyed cab sticking out behind it.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 10:14:59 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-403(U15C)
Views:  639   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Judging from the flotsam on the loco, floodwater must have flowed virtually over 35-403 after the accident. The remains of the cab of 35-408 is visible at left.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 10:27:03 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-403(U15C)
Views:  866   Comments: 1
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The fourth unit in the consist lying in the mud, with a pile of coal from one of the wagons and soggy Caterpillar tracks in the foreground.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 10:37:56 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-067(U15C)
Views:  348   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The dented rear end is the only place where the loco number is visible - the front end is covered in a mudcoat.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 10:44:51 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-067(U15C)
Views:  344   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Six days after the derailment track repairs are almost complete. Enough of the mud and coal paste had been washed off the trailing loco by the almost continuous rain to make its nose number legible.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 4:28:38 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-067(U15C)
Views:  527   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The Cat ditch digger visible behind 35-067 is attached with a cable to a Caterpillar forklift, off picture to the left. The forklift slipped off the roadbed into the ditch and got stuck in the mud, and the cable was attached in a futile attempt to liberate it.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 10:54:07 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-067(U15C)
Views:  402   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  This Caterpillar forklift slipped off the roadbed into the ditch and got stuck in the mud, and the cable was attached to a Cat ditch digger, off picture to the left, in a futile attempt to liberate it. At least the cable prevented it from roliing over....
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 10:59:49 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  615   Comments: 0
SAR Class 35-000
Title:  SAR Class 35-000
Description:  Time to call in the cavalry to liberate the stuck Cat, but the cable is just not long enough. The front end loader at right came to lend some muscle, but it was wisely decided not to attempt to drive it through the water and mud-filled ditch to get close enough to the stricken Cat.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 11:16:17 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAS 35-066(U15C)
Views:  612   Comments: 0
SAR Class 35-000
Title:  SAR Class 35-000
Description:  Found another cable that's long enough.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 11:37:58 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  SAS 35-066(U15C)
Views:  562   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The cable is pulled taut, and the stricken Cat is started up to take part in its own liberation. Time to get out of the way in case it snaps - you don't want to be in the way when a 40 millimetre cable breaks!
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 11:50:10 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-066(U15C)
Views:  454   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The locos are still virtually idling, and the Cat is already climbing out of it's mud trap.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 11:57:38 AM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-066(U15C)
Views:  421   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Well done! The Cat is finally liberated.
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 12:02:28 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  353   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  And the liberated Cat can finally get back to work, taking care this time to stay out of the soggy ditches....
Photo Date:  6/9/2007  Upload Date: 6/10/2007 12:11:52 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  330   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Six days after the derailment track repairs have progressed to the point that the breakdown train could carefully back up onto the newly laid track to load some equipment.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 5:08:39 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  340   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  All remaining wagon wrecks have been moved out of the way beside the roadbed and track repairs are almost complete.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 5:21:59 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  424   Comments: 0
SAR Class 35-000
Title:  SAR Class 35-000
Description:  The breakdown train is standing on the newly laid and still unballasted track, which still needs to have some kinks straightened.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 5:27:59 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-038(U15C)
Views:  610   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Done with clearing wrecks out of the way, the Caterpillar forklift is back on its own personal wagon and the breakdown train is homeward bound.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 6:23:37 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives:  SAS 35-038(U15C)
Views:  595   Comments: 0
SAR Gottwald Crane
Title:  SAR Gottwald Crane
Description:  Done with clearing wrecks out of the way, the breakdown train is homeward bound with the Gottwald crane bringing up the rear. At Moorreesburg station the heavy crane will be repositioned to directly behind the locomotive for the trip home.
Photo Date:  6/23/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 5:44:33 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives: 
Views:  1328   Comments: 1
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The newly laid track has a kink in it since there's still a hole on the side of the roadbed that needs to be filled in before the track can be straightened, welded and ballasted.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 6:31:03 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  RollingStock,Wreck
Locomotives: 
Views:  389   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The newly laid track is kinky since there's still a hole on the side of the roadbed that needs to be filled in before the track can be straightened, welded and ballasted. The four locos are still lying where they fell, except the lead loco, which had to be dragged aside to clear the roadbed.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 6:41:47 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-027(U15C)
Views:  1024   Comments: 1
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The four locos are still lying where they fell, except the lead loco which had to be dragged aside to clear the roadbed. They will be removed later - first priority is to get the line back in operation.
Photo Date:  6/13/2007  Upload Date: 6/14/2007 6:48:39 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-027(U15C)
Views:  684   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  Finally back on its "feet" again, the lead loco of the foursome awaits a decision on its fate. It will probably be taken to the Transwerk shops in Bloemfontein for repairs.
Photo Date:  7/12/2007  Upload Date: 7/14/2007 5:49:35 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-027(U15C)
Views:  736   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  35-408, the second loco of the foursome, looks like it's ready for the cutter's torches, but then, considering Spoornet's loco shortage, a trip to the Transwerk shops in Bloemfontein for repairs is not totally out of the question either.
Photo Date:  7/12/2007  Upload Date: 7/14/2007 6:20:02 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-408(U15C)
Views:  690   Comments: 1
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  35-408 certainly came off worst of the four locos, with her cab totally destroyed and even the frame torn.
Photo Date:  7/12/2007  Upload Date: 7/14/2007 6:24:49 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-408(U15C)
Views:  553   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  It's hard to believe that three shunter crew members emerged from the third loco of the foursome with only minor injuries. 35-403 will probably also be taken to the Transwerk shops in Bloemfontein for repairs.
Photo Date:  7/12/2007  Upload Date: 7/14/2007 6:34:20 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-403(U15C)
Views:  612   Comments: 0
SAR Derailment
Title:  SAR Derailment
Description:  The last loco of the foursome still has a cab filled with a mixture of mud and coal. Even though it has a bent frame, it will probably be taken to the Transwerk shops in Bloemfontein for repairs.
Photo Date:  7/12/2007  Upload Date: 7/14/2007 6:40:24 PM
Location:  Moorreesburg, WC, ZA
Author:  Col Andre Kritzinger
Categories:  Roster,Wreck
Locomotives:  SAS 35-067(U15C)
Views:  606   Comments: 0


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