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NZASM South-Western Line
Krugersdorp district, Gauteng

NZASM: Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij: Architect
Date:1895-1899
Client:NZASM
Type:Railway Line
Style:Industrial Archaeology
Status:Unknown

Once the Southern Line was operational the people of Potchefstroom agitated for a rail connection to the Rand Tram to the east and so the Volksraad instituted a preliminary survey in 1893.

Once an alignment was accepted, the NZASMj took on the responsibility of its construction and operation. Finding the designs below their exacting standards, all culverts and bridges were redesigned. For purposes of construction the line was divided into six sections. WARREN & ROYCE were awarded ballasting and track-laying for the entire line. WINTER was awarded the contract for all steel bridge superstructures. The contracts for the masonry of bridges as well as building of stations were awarded as follows:
Section 1: MCA MEISCHKE
Section 2: KEEFE & ATTERBURY
Section 3: JM MANTE
Section 4: MCA MEISCHKE
Section 5: WARREN & ROYCE
Section 6: KEEFE, THOMSON & JANSE

The Jameson Raid in 1896, the rinderpest and a shortage of indigenous labour all hampered progress.

When it came into operation, opened by President Paul Kruger in 1897, it proved unprofitable and had to be subsidised.

Stations along this line (from east to west) are:
Krugersdorp Railway Station
Randfontein Railway Station
Bank Railway Station
Welverdiend Railway Station
Frederiksstad Railway Station -
Potchefstroom Railway Station Machavie Railway Station -
Koekemoer Railway Station -
Klerksdorp Railway Station

The terrain which the line traversed was flat and arid, hence no bridges requiring girder trusses were needed. All bridges were thus of plate- or fish-belly girders.

Main bridges along this route were (east to west):
Bridge over the Wonderfontein Spruit
Bridge over the Mooi River
Bridge over the Koekemoer Spruit.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Anonymous [Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaanse Spoorwegmaatschappij]. [c.1909]. In Memoriam N.Z.A.S.M. Amsterdam: JH De Bussy. pg 18, 42-47
Clarke, Nicholas J, Fisher, Roger C & Simelane, Siphiwe. 2016. NZASM-footsteps along the tracks : the identified extant built residue of the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij (1887-1902). Pretoria: Visual Books. pg 143-165
De Jong, RC, Van der Waal, GM & Heydenrych, DH. 1988. NZASM 100 : 1887-1899, the buildings, steam engines and structures of the Netherlands South African Railway Company. Pretoria: C. Van Rensburg Publications on behalf of the Human Sciences Research Council. pg 198 ill., 199-211