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Salisbury Umtali

Postby philipmartin » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:36 pm

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Re: Salisbury Umtali

Postby george matthews » Mon May 01, 2017 5:54 am

I have travelled on this line in Rhodesian times. In Umtali I changed trains to go to Beira.

Later I travelled back to Umtali by road after having failed to travel from Beira to Lourenco Marques - because there was neither a rail connection nor a modern road between the two cities. This was in the last years of Portuguese rule in Mozambique. They had not managed to build a transport connection between the two cities despite boasting about the number of centuries they had been there.
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Re: Salisbury Umtali

Postby philipmartin » Mon May 01, 2017 10:14 pm

What's in the tender in the above photo?

From zimfieldguide.com.
http://zimfieldguide.com/manicaland/ord ... w-mutare-0
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Re: Salisbury Umtali

Postby george matthews » Mon May 01, 2017 11:57 pm

philipmartin wrote:What's in the tender in the above photo?

From zimfieldguide.com.
http://zimfieldguide.com/manicaland/ord ... w-mutare-0

Almost certainly it was logs from trees. I think that in 1899 they had not yet opened up the coal mine at Wankie, or built the rail connection. Wankie (Hwange, I think) is on the line to the Zambezi and was probably not yet available.
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Re: Salisbury Umtali

Postby philipmartin » Tue May 02, 2017 2:17 am

Thanks, George. Peculiar looking wood.
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Re: Salisbury Umtali

Postby David Benton » Wed May 03, 2017 12:12 am

I can't see anything but yacht fuel .
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Re: Salisbury Umtali

Postby philipmartin » Wed May 03, 2017 4:21 am

That doesn't look like the kind of fuel that I put in my yachts - (I have several.) I fill up the bath tub and sail them around in it. And for railroad content, I have an HO car float with freight cats on it, and sail that around the tub too.
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Re: Salisbury Umtali

Postby george matthews » Wed May 03, 2017 7:08 am

philipmartin wrote:Thanks, George. Peculiar looking wood.

Rhodesia, like South Africa, made use of coal deposits for its main energy needs. Nowadays Zimbabwe's main energy source is from the Kariba dam on the Zambezi which supplies electricity to the whole country, and also to Zambia.
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