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1904 in South Africa

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1904 in South Africa

Events

February
  • Pneumonic plague breaks out in Johannesburg.
  • June
  • 22 – The first of 62,000 Chinese labourers arrive in South Africa to relieve the shortage of unskilled mine workers.
  • Unknown date
  • The Social Democratic Federation (SDF) is established in Cape Town.
  • Births

  • 16 February – Philip Rabinowitz, South African record breaking sprinter. (d. 2008)
  • Deaths

  • 3 June – Vincent Tancred, South African cricketer. (b. 1875)
  • 14 July – Paul Kruger, exiled president of the South African Republic, dies in Clarens, Switzerland at the age of 78.
  • Railway lines opened

  • 1 February – Cape Western – Maitland to Ottery, 7 miles (11.3 kilometres).
  • 1 March – Cape Midland – Le Roux to Oudtshoorn, 16 miles 41 chains (26.6 kilometres).
  • 7 June – Cape Western – Paarl to Franschhoek, 17 miles 10 chains (27.6 kilometres).
  • 15 June – Free State – Thaba 'Nchu to Modderpoort, 45 miles 73 chains (73.9 kilometres).
  • 17 August – Cape Eastern – Indwe to Xalanga, 31 miles 3 chains (50.0 kilometres).
  • 1 September – Free State – Hamilton to Tempe, 4 miles (6.4 kilometres).
  • 7 September – Cape Eastern – Amabele to Komga, 27 miles (43.5 kilometres).
  • 17 October – Cape Eastern – Middledrift to Adelaide, 56 miles 64 chains (91.4 kilometres).
  • 3 November – Natal – Pietermaritzburg to Elandskop, 35 miles 39 chains (57.1 kilometres).
  • December – Cape Western – Artois to Ceres Road, 4 miles 38 chains (7.2 kilometres).
  • 15 December – Transvaal – Langlaagte to Vereeniging, 44 miles 56 chains (71.9 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

    Cape
  • Four new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Cape Government Railways (CGR):
  • Two experimental superheated 6th Class 4-6-0 locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 6L by the South African Railways (SAR).
  • Four Karoo Class 4-6-2 Pacific passenger steam locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 5B by the SAR.
  • The last eight 8th Class 2-8-0 Consolidation type locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8Z on the SAR.
  • The final batch of ten 8th Class 4-8-0 Mastodon type locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 8F on the SAR.
  • Six "Type B" 4-6-0 steam locomotives enter service on the Avontuur narrow gauge line in the Langkloof.
  • A single 0-4-2 inverted saddle-tank locomotive named Caledonia is placed in service by the Cape Copper Company as a shunting engine at O'okiep in the Cape Colony.
  • Natal
  • Two new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Natal Government Railways (NGR):
  • Twenty-five Class E 4-8-2 Mountain type tank locomotives. In 1912 they will become the Class G on the SAR.
  • Fifty Class B 4-8-0 Mastodon type mainline steam locomotives. In 1912 they will be designated Class 1 on the SAR.
  • The Natal Harbours Department places a single 0-6-0 saddle-tank locomotive named Sir Albert in service as dock shunter in Durban Harbour.
  • Transvaal
  • Five new Cape gauge locomotive types enter service on the Central South African Railways (CSAR):
  • Five Class 9 4-6-2 Pacific type locomotives.
  • Fifteen Class 10 4-6-2 Pacific passenger locomotives.
  • Thirty-six Class 11 2-8-2 Mikado type locomotives.
  • Eight Class F 4-6-4T Baltic type tank locomotives in suburban service between Springs and Randfontein.
  • A single experimental 0-6-0+0-6-0 Class M Kitson-Meyer type articulated steam locomotive.
  • The CSAR rebuilds most of its Reid Tenwheeler 4-10-2T tank locomotives to 4-8-0TT tank-and-tender locomotives. In 1912 these converted locomotives will be designated Class 13 on the SAR.
  • References

    1904 in South Africa Wikipedia


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