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Are you interested in South African steam locomotives?
Would you like to view photos of steam locomotives hard at work from the ’70s and ’80s?
Then you’ve come to the right place!

Who is Mike Carter? Mike came to South Africa in 1973 in order to live his dream – working on main line steam. Mike’s steam career started at Springs where he worked the passenger link with driver Piet Grobbelaar – class 24s between Springs & Nigel. Bigger and better things were in store, and in 1975 Mike transferred to Bethlehem where some 22 25NC 4-8-4s had been relocated from the Cape region. Mike had his own engine, 3416 “Queen of Sheba” with driver Ampie van Dijk, working the eleven man passenger link. In 1980 Mike was appointed driver (steam) where he worked until the end of steam in 1987.

Creating this site has been a labour of love and the design has been optimised to showcase my portfolio of photographs taken during the halcyon days of steam. I will be adding more images from time to time so please revisit this site. In the future I intend adding more features but in the meantime your constructive comments and suggestions are most welcome!