The romance of steam

■ The Jessica, pictured, is a 1932 Class 19D – 3321 steam locomotive, manufactured in the United Kingdom in 1948 with 235 of its kind being placed in service in South Africa between 1937 and 1949. It has a 4-8-2 Mountain-type wheel arrangement and a Watson Standard boiler, according to the Ceres Rail Company, which operates it, along with two other steam locomotives and various rolling stock. The Jessica was spotted passing through Somerset West on Sunday June 24, on its return journey to Cape Town from the Overberg, after a four-day three-night excursion to Bredasdorp via Houwhoek and Arniston. PICTURE: NORMAN MCFARLANE

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