|Seventy four Class 15 and 15A Garratts were built between 1940 and 1950. They
took the proven 16th Class boiler and mounted it on 4-6-4 frames with 4ft 9inch
driving wheels. This produced a Garratt with the capacity to operate passenger trains
at reasonable speed, as well as goods. All were built by Beyer Peacock, apart from
the final 10 that were constructed by Societe Franco-Belge, Raismes.
The National Railways of Zimbabwe has two working 15th Class Garratts, and
Hwange Colliery has three, with one or two in steam each day.
One of the original four 15th Class is preserved on Francistown Station
Another of the four originals can be found at Kadoma in Zimbabwe
# 398 is preserved in New Zealand
# 401 is preserved at Livingstone, Zambia
|15th Class Batch 1 #273
Photo: Rhodesia Railways