12 May 2011

More than a century after it was shipped to South Africa, a locomotive built by Dubs & Company of Glasgow has sailed back home to the UK in comfort onboard the deck of Gearbulk's open hatch gantry crane vessel Bergen Arrow.

The Dubs A-Class Tank Locomotive number 196 was the first of a series built with a 4-8-2 wheel configuration enabling it to haul heavier, longer trains across steep terrain. The 196 carried out just such work for leading South African mining company, Anglo Coal.

After careful consideration of how best to secure the locomotive on deck, Gearbulk's team in Durban came up with a solution that made perfect sense: rail tracks supported on a bed of dunnage and railway ties. 

After safe passage, which was arranged by a UK railway preservation society, the locomotive was delivered to the Mizens Railway Museum in Surrey, UK where it is enjoying retirement.