1915 in South Africa

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1915 in South Africa
1912 1913 1914 « 1915 » 1916 1917 1918

Years in South Africa

Events[edit]

May
July
  • 9 – Dr Theodore Seitz, governor of German South West Africa, surrenders to General Louis Botha at the farm Khorab, between Otavi and Tsumeb.
September

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Railways[edit]

Railway lines opened[edit]

  • 12 April – Natal – Dalton to Glenside, 12 miles 13 chains (19.6 kilometres).[1]
  • 31 May – Free State – Westleigh to Vierfontein, 52 miles 27 chains (84.2 kilometres).[1]
  • 31 May – Free State – Fauresmith to Koffiefontein, 32 miles 71 chains (52.9 kilometres).[1]
  • 30 June – Cape – Klipdale to Protem, 10 miles 10 chains (16.3 kilometres).[1]
  • 1 August – Cape – Prieska to South West Border, 231 miles 59 chains (372.9 kilometres).[1]
  • 1 August – Cape – Walvisbaai to Swakop River (at Swakopmund), 22 miles 42 chains (36.3 kilometres).[1]
  • 4 August – Transvaal – Tzaneen to Soekmekaar, 55 miles 16 chains (88.8 kilometres).[1]
  • 16 August – Natal – Paddock to Izingolweni (Narrow gauge), 11 miles 72 chains (19.2 kilometres).[1]
  • 5 October – Natal – Schroeders to Bruyns Hill, 14 miles 76 chains (24.1 kilometres).[1]
  • 15 November – Cape – Birdfield to Klawer, 1 mile 26 chains (2.1 kilometres).[1]
  • 29 November – Cape – Motkop to New England, 19 miles 63 chains (31.8 kilometres).[1]
  • 1 December – Cape – Carnarvon to Williston, 85 miles 6 chains (136.9 kilometres).[1]

Locomotives[edit]

Narrow gauge

Two narrow gauge locomotive types enter service in South Africa:

  • Thirteen out-of-service Mozambican Falcon 4-4-0 narrow gauge tender steam locomotives are acquired by the Union Defence Force for use in South Africa to replace narrow gauge South African Railways (SAR) locomotives that are being commandeered for the war effort in German South West Africa. They will later be designated Class NG6 on the SAR.[2][3]:103-104
  • The first of six narrow gauge 4-6-0 steam locomotives enter service on the Avontuur Railway. They will later be designated Class NG9 by the SAR.[3]:104, 110
Cape gauge

Five Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the South African Railways (SAR):

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway, Statement No. 19, p. 187, ref. no. 200954-13
  2. ^ Railway Modelling Scene, South Africa, May/June 1985, article written by Neill Mardell
  3. ^ a b c d e f Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0869772112. 
  4. ^ Pattison, R.G. (1997). The Cape Seventh Class Locomotives (1st ed.). Kenilworth, Cape Town: The Railway History Group. ISBN 0958400946. 
  5. ^ a b c d Holland, D.F. (1972). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 2: 1910-1955 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-5427-8. 
  6. ^ Durrant, A E (1989). Twilight of South African Steam (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, London: David & Charles. ISBN 0715386387.