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An example of the locomotives used to transport gold from the mines! Image source

 Allanridge is a gold mining town in the Lejweleputswa District Municipality of the Free State province in South Africa, 34km North of Welkom. It was founded in 1950 and administered by a village management board. Named after Allan Roberts, who was one of the prospectors in the Orange Free State.


Refering to the image of the train-coach; this 4-8-2T locomotive, supplied new to Loraine Gold Mine as No 1, was built in 1951 as works no 27090 according to the standard NBL 20" x 24" design. Somewhere during its history it also picked up plates from NBL 27404, which served as No 2 at the mine. By 1991 No 1 was plinthed outside the mine offices.
During its working life, it would have hauled reef over a distance of 8km between 3 shaft and 1 shaft at Allanridge, where the offices, workshops, loco shed and reduction plant were located. At 3km there was a 4km branch which lead to an exchange siding with the SAR.

• New Dictionary of South African Names by Peter E Raperhttp //
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Last updated : 09-Jan-2017

This article was produced by South African History Online on 20-Sep-2016

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