Tom Pruissen visited Zimbabwe twice, in 1987 and 1991 to record the Garratts of Classes 14, 15, 16, 20 and 20A which were then operational on freight and some passenger workings. There were nearly 90 of these locomotives, all built by Beyer Peacock. The refurbishment and return to service of these monsters had been started by Rhodesia Railways prior to independence by RESSCO and continued under ZECO until 1983, when they became responsible for maintenance.
Work is shown underway at ZECO's works, and there are scenes at Bulawayo Shed and Thomson Junction Loco. The routes from Plumtree on the Botswana border, to Bulawayo, and to Dete are covered and there is linesiding around Hwange (Wankie).
Dramatic and well shot footage of the last giants of the steam age working hard during the last decades of the twentieth century.
Extras: This DVD also includes maps and ephemera on Garratts in PDF format.
The film may be viewed with or without the commentary.
Produced by - Camden Miniature Steam
Running time - 60 Minutes
Aspect Ratio - 4:3
Released - 2014