System 5

Orange Free State, based in Bloemfontein
by Les Pivnic ©

The Orange Free State System 5 had its HQ in Bloemfontein. This covers the beautiful eastern Free State with the track winding through the foothills of the Malutis to the Main Line from Makouvlei in the north to Arundel just before Noupoort, offering relatively flat stretches where our fine locomotives could be given their head. There was also a wonderful variety of setting – from trains chugging through the middle of the dorp in Fauresmith to main lines where large locomotives would go thrashing past at 60mph plus! The lines include: