Sunday, 1 April 2018

Namibia: Otjiwarongo railway station & Henschel 41 locomotive monument

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Henschel built locomotive monument at Otjiwarongo Railway Station

This locomotive is 41, sister of 40 located at Usakos Railway Station between Swakopmund and Windhoek. The monument was unveiled on 13 November 1960. Narrow gauge operations ceased in 1960 after conversion of the Usakos-Otavi line to the Cape gauge standard.

Henschel built three 2-8-2 tender engines 40, 41 and 42 in 1912 for the Otavi Bahn to be used on Swakopmund-Karabib line. The locomotive 41 was in service from 1912 to 1960.

All locomotives had dust covers to protect the motion and carrying wheels were arranged as radial axles. There were no separate boogie truck and axle boxes were guided in a way that the wheels could move radially with respect to the frame.

South African Railways classed 41 as narrow gauge locomotive class NG 5.

Locomotives 40, 41 and 42 were used until the 0.6 m narrow gauge railway line was replaced by 1,067 track in 1960. The 2-8-2 design needed a long fixed wheel-base causing a lot of of friction on wheels.

The German note on plates informs that Die Henschel Werke and Otjiwarongo men's choir were operational in arrangements to get locomotive 41 monumented in 1960.

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