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NZASM Southern Line
Vereeniging district, Gauteng

NZASM: Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij: Architect
Date:1890-1893
Client:NZASM
Type:Railway Line
Style:Industrial Archaeology
Status:Extant but altered

The line connecting Johannesburg and Pretoria via Vereeniging to the Cape Colony through the Orange Free state Republic was commissioned in three sections:
Vaal River - Elandsfontein
Elandsfontein - Pretoria
Elandsfontein - Johannesburg

The contract for the earthworks, masonry and later also ballasting of the Pretoria - Elandsfomntein section was awarded to AL LAWLEY; the Vaal River - Natalspruit sub-section of the Elandsfontein - Vaal River section was awarded to W WOODBURN

The Bridge over the Vaal River was jointly funded by both the Cape Government and the NZASM.

Railway stations once found along this line (from south to north) are:
Vereeniging Railway Station
Meyerton Railway Station
Kliprivier Railway Station
Natalspruit Railway Station
Elsburg Railway Station
Aansluiting
Elandsfontein Railway Station as part of the Rand Tram line
Rietfontein Railway Station
Railway Station
Kaalfontein Railway Station
Olifantsfontein Railway Station
Irene Railway Station
Droogegrond Railway Station
Fonteinen (Fountains) Railway Station

The southern line followed the contours of the landscape and the even topography necessitated few cuttings, high embankments or culverts and bridges. Those built were in order to negotiate streams and rivers. The main bridges (from south to north) found along this line are:
Bridge over the Vaal River
Bridge over the Langkuil Spruit
Bridge over the Klip River
IMR Bridge
Bridge over the Six Mile Spruit (Hennops River)

Of the most interesting structures is a stone arched viaduct over the Pinedene River in the vicinity of Olifantsfontein bearing the inscription of the IMPERIAL MILITARY RAILWAYS (IMR), probably indicating its repair during the Anglo-Boer War, as was done to many of the structures at the time.

Other structures related to this line:

Semi-detached houses, Vereeniging
Box Culvert north of Vereeniging
Large arched Culvert north of Vereeniging
Small arched Culvert north of Vereeniging
Arched Culvert between Lankuil Spruit and Klip River Bridge
Arched Culvert at Blockhouse
Culvert at Stone Arch Estate
Large stone culvert over Eeufees Spruit
Large stone culvert Christina de Witt Drive


Writings about this entry

Anonymous [Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaanse Spoorwegmaatschappij]. [c.1909]. In Memoriam N.Z.A.S.M. Amsterdam: JH De Bussy. pg 17
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 29-39
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 158 ill., 159-175