NZASM 19 Tonner 0-4-2T

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NZASM 19 Tonner 0-4-2T
CSAR Railmotor Engine 0-4-2T
South African Railmotor Engine 0-4-2T
NZASM 19 Tonner 0-4-2T no. 34.JPG
19 Tonner no. 34 at Johannesburg Station on the first train to reach Johannesburg from Cape Town, 15 September 1892
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Designer Maschinenfabrik Esslingen
Builder Maschinenfabrik Esslingen
Machinefabriek Breda v/h Backer & Rueb
Serial number Esslingen 2366-2370, 2408-2412 & 2506-2513, Breda 83-88
Build date 1890-1892
Total produced 24
Rebuilder Central South African Railways
Rebuild date 1906, 1908-1909
Number rebuilt 10 to railmotor engines
 • Whyte 0-4-2T (Olomana)
 • UIC B1n2t
Driver 2nd coupled axle
Gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) Cape gauge
Coupled dia. 43 716 in (1,103 mm)
Trailing dia. 30 in (762 mm)
Wheelbase 8 ft 2 12 in (2,502 mm)
 • Coupled 4 ft 6 38 in (1,381 mm)
 • Over couplers 25 ft 1 18 in (7,649 mm)
Height 11 ft 8 116 in (3,558 mm)
Frame type Plate
Axle load:
 • 1st coupled
6 LT 5 cwt (6,350 kg)
 • 2nd coupled 6 LT 5 cwt (6,350 kg)
 • Trailing 6 LT 10 cwt (6,604 kg)
Adhesive weight 12 LT 10 cwt (12,700 kg)
Loco weight 19 LT (19,300 kg)
Fuel type Coal
Fuel capacity 1 LT 10 cwt (1.5 t)
Water cap 550 imp gal (2,500 l)
Firebox type Round-top
 • Firegrate area 7.2 sq ft (0.67 m2)
 • Pitch 5 ft 6 34 in (1,695 mm)
 • Diameter 3 ft 2 12 in (978 mm) outside
 • Tube plates 8 ft 18 in (2,442 mm)
 • Small tubes 95: 1 34 in (44 mm)
Boiler pressure 160 psi (1,103 kPa)
Safety valve Salter
Heating surface 426.6 sq ft (39.63 m2)
 • Tubes 388.4 sq ft (36.08 m2)
 • Firebox 38.2 sq ft (3.55 m2)
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 11 in (279 mm) bore
21 2132 in (550 mm) stroke
Valve gear Allan
Valve type Murdoch's D slide
Couplers Johnston link-and-pin
Performance figures
Tractive effort 7,744 lbf (34.45 kN) @ 75%
Operators NZASM
Imperial Military Railways
Central South African Railways
South African Railways
Class NZASM 19 Tonner
Number in class 24
Numbers NZASM 15-38
IMR 612-635
CSAR F-V, then M1 & M3-M11
Official name 19 Tonner
Delivered 1891
First run 1891

The NZASM 19 Tonner 0-4-2T of 1891 was a South African steam locomotive from the pre-Union era in Transvaal.

In 1891 and 1892, the Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (Transvaal Republic) placed 24 tank locomotives with a 0-4-2 wheel arrangement in service.[1][2]

Between 1906 and 1909, ten of them were converted to railmotor engines by the Central South African Railways, for use on suburban passenger services.[3][4][5]


The first ten of eventually twenty-four tank locomotives with a 0-4-2 wheel arrangement, built in two batches of five by Emil Kessler's Maschinenfabrik Esslingen in 1890, were placed in service by the Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij (NZASM) in 1891 and numbered in the range from 21 to 30. Since the NZASM classified its locomotives according to their weight, these engines were known as 19 Tonners.[1][2]

Since they proved to be useful locomotives, an order for six more of the type was placed with Machinefabriek Breda voorheen Backer & Rueb (Breda machine factory, formerly Backer & Rueb). They were built in 1891 and 1892 and were numbered in the range from 15 to 20. For some reason, possibly their delivery sequence, their numbering was not in the same sequence as their works numbers.[1]

Eight more 19 Tonners were delivered from Maschinenfabrik Esslingen in 1892, numbered in the range from 31 to 38.[1]


The locomotive's trailing wheels were positioned below the firebox. The cylinders were arranged outside the frames, with flat Murdoch's D slide valves arranged at an incline above the cylinders and actuated by Allan straight link valve gear, driven by eccentric sheaves which were mounted on a return crank. The brakes were actuated by hand screw from the cab. The engine had 4 inches (102 millimetres) thick wooden buffer beams and was equipped with cowcatchers.[1][2]



At the time the 19 Tonners entered service, the Randtram line and the extensions towards the east to Springs and towards the west to Roodepoort were open. The extension from Roodepoort to Krugersdorp was opened on 10 February 1891, while the extension from Germiston to Pretoria was still in progress and would only be completed in December 1892. These are the lines on which the 19 Tonners entered service.[6]

Imperial Military Railways[edit]

All railway operations in the two Boer Republics, the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) and the Oranje-Vrijstaat (OVS), were taken over by the Imperial Military Railways (IMR) in 1899 during the Second Boer War. The IMR renumbered the 19 Tonners in the range from 612 to 635.[6][7]

Central South African Railways[edit]

At the end of the war, when the IMR was transformed into the Central South African Railways (CSAR), 22 of the 19 Tonners had survived the hostilities. Five, IMR numbers 613 and 631 and three more, had been sold by the IMR. The other seventeen were renumbered by the CSAR in the letter range from F to V, following on from the 18 Tonner renumbering.[7]

Three 19 Tonners were retired from CSAR service and converted to stationary boilers, numbered in the range from 1735 to 1737. Between 1906 and 1909, ten of them were converted to railmotor engines for use on suburban passenger services. This entailed being semi-permanently coupled to a modified side-door suburban passenger carriage which contained a driving cab at the rear, with the regulator, reversing gear and brake controls arranged so that the push-pull unit could be driven from either vehicle. These railmotor engines were renumbered M1 and in the range from M3 to M11.[3][4][5][7]

Railmotor coach no. M1 seated 28 1st Class and 24 2nd Class passengers. It was 86 feet 9 34 inches (26,460 millimetres) long between couplers, with a tare of 58,200 pounds (26,399 kilograms). The total weight of the engine and coach was 45 long tons (45,720 kilograms).[4]

The skipped railmotor engine number was allocated to a Kitson-built railmotor with a 56-seat passenger capacity which was placed in service in 1907. In service, the imported railmotor no. M2 was found to be less satisfactory than the home-built railmotor engine no. M1, which was considered to be superior in aspects like design, passenger comfort, economy in running and convenience in working. Since the imported railmotor was a single vehicle, the carriage was unusable while the engine had to be withdrawn for service or repairs. The Pretoria-built modified carriage was still readily detachable from the locomotive and both engine and carriage were still complete units which could be used independently of each other.[4][5]

19 Tonner railmotor engine

The initial service on the Pretoria-Rissik and Pretoria-Wonderboom sections attracted so many passengers that it soon became necessary to run a three-coach train. Since several 19 Tonners were standing idle, no more railmotors were ordered and, instead, another nine 19 Tonners were converted to railmotor engines and renumbered in the range from M3 to M11. Between 1906 and 1909, steam railmotor services were expanded to operate on four routes:[4][5][7]

  • Hatherley-Pretoria-Wonderboom.
  • Elsburg-Germiston-Rietfontein Mine.
  • Luipaardsvlei-Krugersdorp-Randfontein.
  • Germiston-Geduld.

South African Railways[edit]

When the Union of South Africa was established on 31 May 1910, the three Colonial government railways (Cape Government Railways, Natal Government Railways and CSAR) were united under a single administration to control and administer the railways, ports and harbours of the Union. Although the South African Railways and Harbours came into existence in 1910, the actual classification and renumbering of all the rolling stock of the three constituent railways was only implemented with effect from 1 January 1912.[6][8]

In 1912, the ten railmotor engines were taken onto the SAR roster as unclassified locomotives, since they were considered obsolete. Since they were excluded from the SAR renumbering schedules, they retained their CSAR engine numbers, but at some stage their boilers were allocated SAR boiler numbers in the range 4000 and 4002 to 4010. The skipped no. 4001 was used for the Kitson railmotor's boiler. All of them were withdrawn from service by 1921.[3][7][8]


At least five 19 Tonners were sold to industry before the formation of the CSAR. Known locomotives in industrial service were one at Coronation Colliery, one at Douglas Colliery and one at Transvaal Coal Trust in Brakpan, which later went to Ogies Colliery. The one at Ogies was only scrapped c. 1930 and may have been the last survivor.[7]

The Douglas Colliery locomotive was their no. 1 and was named Douglas. It bore a Breda works plate and was therefore one of the batch from the NZASM number range from 15 to 20. Since, out of the Breda group, NZASM no. 16 is the only one which definitely did not pass to the CSAR, and since there is uncertainty over whether or not NZASM no. 20 became one of CSAR numbers J, K or L, it follows that either no. 16 or no. 20 became Douglas Colliery no. 1.[7]

Works numbers and renumbering[edit]

The 19 Tonner NZASM numbers, builders, works numbers, years built, IMR renumbering, CSAR renumbering, CSAR railmotor engine conversion date or stationary boiler renumbering, and SAR boiler numbering are listed in the table.[1][7]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Holland, D.F. (1971). Steam Locomotives of the South African Railways, Volume 1: 1859-1910 (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. pp. 110–111. ISBN 978-0-7153-5382-0. 
  2. ^ a b c Espitalier, T.J.; Day, W.A.J. (1944). The Locomotive in South Africa - A Brief History of Railway Development. Chapter IV - The N.Z.A.S.M.. South African Railways and Harbours Magazine, October 1944. p. 764.
  3. ^ a b c Paxton, Leith; Bourne, David (1985). Locomotives of the South African Railways (1st ed.). Cape Town: Struik. p. 24. ISBN 0869772112. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Espitalier, T.J.; Day, W.A.J. (1945). The Locomotive in South Africa - A Brief History of Railway Development. Chapter VI - Imperial Military Railways and C.S.A.R. (Continued). South African Railways and Harbours Magazine, March 1945. p. 185.
  5. ^ a b c d CSAR General Manager's Report, Extracts from the CSAR General Manager's Reports for 1906, 1907, 1908 & 1909.
  6. ^ a b c The South African Railways - Historical Survey. Editor George Hart, Publisher Bill Hart, Sponsored by Dorbyl Ltd., Published c. 1978, pp. 19-20, 22-23, 25.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h 19 Tonner Information supplied by John Nicholas Middleton
  8. ^ a b Classification of S.A.R. Engines with Renumbering Lists, issued by the Chief Mechanical Engineer's Office, Pretoria, January 1912, p. 2 (Reprinted in April 1987 by SATS Museum, R.3125-6/9/11-1000)