Built: North British Locomotive Co.
Builders number: 23391 of 1926
Received: Oct. 1926
Last used: Dec 1980
To Museum: March 1981
ARTHUR'S

190 carries small brass name plates on the running boards above
the cylinders.

In the early 1970's Tony Baxter, then Chairman of the Rhodesia
Railways Historical Committee and founder of the Bulawayo
Railway Museum, was the Area Civil Engineer in Salisbury. He
asked the steam shed if they could prepare a 12th Class
locomotive for use on a pickup goods train for the well known  
visiting railway photographer, Arthur Camwell.

The shed was close to closing, but they entered into the spirit of
the occasion by preparing their best locomotive, #190. Having
painted, lined out and polished her to perfection, it was decided to
name 190 for the occasion. The name chosen was ARTHUR'S
PUFFER.

The Salisbury steam shed closed and  of the locomotives were
transferred to Bulawayo. One 12th Class was to go to the
Museum, and by a happy coincidence it was found that 190 had
the best boiler. However, 'puffer' was not considered appropriate
for preservation, and so the name was shortened to ARTHUR'S,
still carried today.
Retubing. Bulawayo P15 shed. July 1994.
Photo. Geoff Cooke
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Near Entuba. 24 August 1994.
Photo. Geoff Cooke
Shunting Bulawayo Station.
Photo. Geoff Cooke
Victoria Falls during the filming of
'Allan Quartermain' in 1985.
Photo. Geoff Cooke
CLASS DISTINCTION

In preparation for Zimfest 2001, new cabside plates were cast for
#190 along with a number of other locomotives that were to
feature in the Festival. The NRZ foundry was a little confused by
the various classes, and the #190 plates change this famous 12th
Class into a 19th Class!

The error had not been corrected by April 2005, when this
photograph was taken.
In the Steam Shed, being prepared for tours.
April 2005.
Photo. Geoff Cooke
Back in the Museum. 2006
Photo. Robert Adams
12th Class Number 190
Drawn by & copyright: Sue Lawrence
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