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A.J. CRADDOCK's PERSONAL COLLECTION OF EAR&H
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HOTOS TAKEN IN 1953 OR 1954 AT TABORA, TANGANYIKA
(now Tanzania)

 


The wreck of 2717
(MacArthur Class}

Unfortunately, I don't remember the details as to how this occurred, but I think it was outside Tabora at Igalula.
It may have jumped the points on the passing line or run off the end of the spur line (more likely).  Conditions
can be seen to be dry, so it was unlikely to have been a track washout.  I do recall that it was driver error (possibly
accounting for the classic defensive body language!), and I was consequently somewhat surprised that the
driver agreed to pose in front of the wreck.

 

Trying to get the tender back on track.  The senior fitter from the Tabora shed is second from right. I don't recall
the name of the European squatting down.  It may have been Mr. Canning

 

Igalula Station
Second stop east of Tabora after Itulu

Note the name painted on the roof - navaid for aircraft in 1954?

Station can still be seen on Google Maps at -5.237098,33.016837

 

Tabora Shed
2718 and 2503

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My handwritten notes (written at aged 12) on the back say

3008 pulling out for Kigoma
(from Tabora)

One of our favorite pastimes when a train pulled out was to place a 10 cent piece on the rail in front of a wheel at the front of
the train, then pick it up after it had been squashed and cold worked by every subsequent wheel to almost double its size.
 



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My handwritten notes on the back say

2101 (Kalambo)
(NZ) 21 Class 2-8-2
All Named. 2101-2108
Based at Dodoma


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My handwritten notes on the back say

2211
22 Class
4-8-0  2201-2223
Various locos of this class have been scrapped
Akin to 23 Class Tanga Line

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My handwritten notes (written at aged 12) on the back say

2607
26 Class (MR)
Mikado (2-8-2)  2601-2606
New 26 Class. 2607-2612
Old 26 Class. Based at Tabora

I think that is a mound of coal next to the loco

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My handwritten notes (written at aged 12) on the back say

20 Class (2002)
Ex Bombay, Baroda & Central Indian Rly. (BCCI)
4-6-0. 2004 Silver Arrow.
2001-2004 (BB)
 

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My handwritten notes (written at aged 12) on the back say

2504
(ML) 25 Class 2-8-2
2501-2511

Two drivers of the 26 Class loco behind them.  My mentor M.A. Khan is on the right. 

He taught me how to drive (aged 11!), and I would be in the cab with him when I was home in Tabora on holidays from Southern Highlands School (near Iringa), riding with him on his shift on the goods trains across Tanganyika, and sleeping in the caboose when the shift changed. 

The 26 Class were a joy to drive, but I was always exhorted to charge into the tight Central Line turns faster to maintain the schedule.  My reticence (especially at night) was, of course, a fear of derailment, as there was not an abundance of lateral stability with the narrow meter gauge, and the locos under a full head of steam and heavy train load would buck and wobble arounda very dynamic experience on the footplate.

My handwritten notes on the back of the photo!

Note the tender full of kuni (wood)


2004 and drivers


My handwritten notes on the back say

27 Class No. 2712
McArthur or Buda
at Tabora in April '54
Taken by A.C.

I think that is a mound of coal behind the loco.

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My handwritten notes on the back say

2717
'27' Class Engine
ex-Nigerian Railways

Don't know whether this picture was taken before or after the wreck

Footplate note:  I recall the interior of the cab being pretty austere, with a regulator handle that was set diagonally and which
could only be operated from one side of the cab.

 

2502 in the vicinity of the Tabora Shed

2206 on the turntable
Tabora Shed
1st May 1954

According to my handwritten notes on the back.

The sad remains of the historic Tabora shed, which was originally built by the Germans, can be seen on Google Maps
at coordinates -5.017802,32.81864

Me inspecting 2003 (aged probably 12) at Tabora Station, a mile from our house on Boma Road
 

My younger brother learning to drive at Tabora
 

The quality of some of these photos seem to indicate the camera I used was a Kodak Box Brownie, which as
one wag pointed out, was designed to produce bad pictures
 

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