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updated 03/01/2000

South African Railways Class 19D 4-8-2 #2644

#2644 was the first locomotive modified by David Wardale in South Africa, under the guise of reducing lineside fires. The locomotive was fitted with a dual Lempor exhaust system, the Gas Producer Combustion System, and other minor improvements. Crews called her Spooky because of her quiet exhaust. This photo appears to have been taken during early trials of the modifications as the engine was later equipped with a larger "torpedo" tender (known as a Vanderbuilt tender in the U.S.)

Additional photos of 2644 here:  http://www.phantasrail.com/south_africa.htm.