The Windhoek Railway Station
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  • Bahnhof St,
    Windhoek,
    Namibia

  • Longitude: 17.081276
  • Latitude: -22.559516
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The Windhoek Railway Station

The Windhoek railway station was built in 1912 and extended in 1929. The station building houses a small railway museum with a collection of railway related items as well as photo archives.

Outside there is a display of rolling stock including the sole surviving specimen, or at least one half of a South West African Zwillinge No 154A steam locomotive. It was manufactured by Henschel & Sohn Gmbh, Kassel, Germany as works number 5376 in 1900. It was taken in service in 1904 and operated on the Swakopmund - Windhoek line. It was withdrawn from service in 1939 after covering about 371 000 miles. (please note that the information on the bronze plate is incorrect.) (steam-locomotives-south-africa)

Also on display is a Class 32-000 General Electric type U18C1 diesel-electric locomotive as well as some other relics including a "Bospadda", an armoured track inspection patrol vehicle with the nickname Kobus dating back to the Namibian Bushwar.

Between November 1959 and November 1961 the South African Railways placed one hundred and fifteen  of the Class 32-000 diesel-electric locomotives in service in South West Africa.

 

Source

http://steam-locomotives-south-africa.blogspot.com/2007/11/windhoek-154a-class-zwillinge-loco.html, accessed on 27 June 2018.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Class_32-000, accessed on 27 June 2018

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