1915 in South Africa

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

Years in South Africa


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





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 had been commandeered for the war effort in German South West Africa. They are later designated Class NG6 on the SAR.[1][2]:103-104
  • The first of six narrow gauge 4-6-0 steam locomotives enter service on the Avontuur Railway. They are later designated Class NG9 by the SAR.[2]:104, 110
Cape gauge

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


  1. ^ Railway Modelling Scene, South Africa, May/June 1985, article written by Neill Mardell
  2. ^ a b c d e f Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0869772112. 
  3. ^ Pattison, R.G. (1997). The Cape Seventh Class Locomotives (1st ed.). Kenilworth, Cape Town: The Railway History Group. ISBN 0958400946. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Durrant, A E (1989). Twilight of South African Steam (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, London: David & Charles. ISBN 0715386387.