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May 2, 2014

Wardale's 2644 vandalised

Category: General
Posted by: Chris Newman

A reports has been received that SAR 19D No 2644 has been vandalised in the South African National Railway and Steam Museum where it was understood to that it had been preserved for posterity.  On 29 April 2014, Richard Niven wrote to advise that "thieves got hold of Red Devils forerunner 19D 2644 and cut her frames to steal her axleboxes. She is now a scrapper". Phil Girdlestone has also received reports that 2644's frames have been irrepairably damaged, at a supposedly secure facility.