Cape Government Railway (South Africa)  4-8-0 – 390


This locomotive (number 390) was built in 1896 by Sharp Stewart & Co in Glasgow as part of an order for six engines for the Cape Government Railway. In 1910 the Cape Government Railway was absorbed into South Africa Railways and it was renumbered SAR 993.

In 1971 it was purchased by Zambesi Sawmills Railway where it operated until that railway ceased operations in 1973. In 1974 the locomotive was given to David Shepherd. It arrived back in Britain at Salford Docks in March 1975 after which transported the Whipsnade & Umfolozi Light Railway.

Over the following years it was moved to the East Somerset Railway and then arrived at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum at Bristol in 2003.

In 2004 David Shepherd donated the locomotive to the National Railway Museum along with a Rhodesian Railway coach.

Between 2008 and 2012 it was cosmetically restored at Tyseley before going on display at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in 2012.

In July 2022 the locomotive was at the National Railway Museum at York.


Home Base Current Status Owner
National Railway Museum  On static display National Railway Museum


NRM Object Number{2005-7445}


390 otside Bristol Temple Meads station – 1999
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390 in Locomotion at Shildon-2016

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