Geduld is part of the complex of lines on the East Rand, east of Johannesburg and is on a freight only section from Apex to Welgedag that still features two locations with semaphores, here and Modrea. There is a daily wayside train that shunts the sidings and places or collects loads from the exchange siding with Sappi's paper mill, which also serves Impala Platinum Refineries. Geduld has one of the largest surviving frames in South Africa, with 48 levers, controlled from the signal box depicted here, one of the few surviving "stand-alone" boxes remaining in South Africa now. Photo by Eugene Armer.
Lever frame at Geduld, photo by Eugene Armer.
Track diagram in the signal box at Geduld, photo by Eugene Armer.
The Down outer home and distant are on a tall post that seems to dominate the surrounding highveld! The SAPPI plant is in the background. Photo by Eugene Armer.
The Up starters for the two Up loops and the access for the headshunt at the west end of the station. Photo by Eugene Armer.
Looking west towards Apex junction, 2 x class 35 diesels head out of the Up loop onto the Up main while shunting at Geduld for the daily shunt for SAPPI and Impala Platinum. Photo by Eugene Armer on 22/7/07.
Looking east towards Welgedacht. On the right is the shunt signal that controls access to the SAPPI exchange yard, on the left the Down main starter. The Up main home signal is visible in the distance. There is also a shunt signal visible, which controls access to the No.2 Up loop from the exchange sidings. Photo by Eugene Armer on 22/7/07.
At the east end of the station, looking west. The signal on the left controls access to the station from the SAPPI exchange sidings. On the right is the Down main starter. The signal cabin is visible in the distance. Photo by Eugene Armer.
Class 35-469 & 35-470 ready to depart Geduld with 40 type CFR coal empties for Welgedacht. The train is on the Down main. On the right are the starter signals for the No.1 & 2 Down loops, also the shunt signal for the headshunt, which is out of use. Photo by Eugene Armer on 22/7/07.
More signal photos at Geduld taken by Derick Norton.