BULAWAYO MEMORIES

Mini Train - Round Table

Bulawayo had an excellent miniature railway system in Centenary Park operated by the local Rotary Club. The 10.25 inch miniature railway in Bulawayo's Centenary Park was opened on 18 August 1960 and was run by Bulawayo Round Table 3 club. The first locomotive was a maroon painted 4-6-2 named King Arthur. The loco and passenger wagons built by Mr. Baxter from Pietermaritzburg and shipped to Bulawayo where the Rhodesian government insisted on an import duty of nearly 300 Pounds even if it was to be used for charity. Eventually one of the fuel companies paid the 300 pounds as a donation to the Rotary club. In 1963 King Arthur was joined by Queen Guinivere. On page 98 of E. D. Hamer's book on Locomotives of Zimbabwe is a photo of her. This website contains some of Bulawayo’s mini railway as it was in 1962. The old Durban and Pietermaritzburg locos was moved to Bulawayo in the late 60’s.

The one engine is a Royal Scot, illustrated in Purnell's Pictorial Encyclopedia of Trains and Railways (1976), stated to be 10.25" gauge and running in Bulawayo. Turn's out she's Queen Guinevere and still on the Bulawayo Park Railway, though not currently operational
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