Described as one of the most innovative developments in the history of railway motive power, the Garratt locomotive was designed to optimise the power of two engine units together with a light axle loading; able to negotiate tight curves using its unique articulation.
So popular was the Garratt that it monopolised the most demanding of diagrams across southern Africa, into recent times.
Here the domestic Garratt is featured across five states and three gauges. From the mighty 60 class in New South Wales, to the diminutive but impressive K1 replica in Tasmania.
Archival material is featured along with contemporary footage and restored operations, pounding the grades in no uncertain manner, as only the Garratt can.
Also featured are the comparison shots of Garratts in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Ex-NSWGR 60 class 4-8-4, 4-8-4; S/G
Ex-SAR 400 class 4-8-2, 2-8-4; 3ft 6in
Ex-QR No 1009, 4-8-2, 2-8-4; 3ft 6in
Ex-Emu Bay Railway (Tas) ASG, 4-8-2, 2-8-4; 3ft 6in
Ex-Emu Bay Railway (Tas) BP, 4-8-2, 2-8-4; 3ft 6in
Australian Portland Cement Industrial, 2-6-0, 0-6-2; 3ft 6in
Ex-VR G class, 2-6-0, 0-6-2, 2ft 6in
Running time – 1 hour 10 min