Hardly anything to report.
Firstly we heard from our connections at both Shosholoza Meyl and Transnet that no Christmas holiday specials were run. The only extra trains were run on Saturday when they usually do not run, also some trains ran on "unscheduled" days, that's all.
At Hennenman the Northbound car train was waiting at the signals behind orange and maroon 6E's. About five minutes later we caught another Northbound movement between Whites and Hennenman, this was two light 6E's, also orange and maroon. We think these locos combined with the car train to make one movement to Kroonstad as we have seen this happen before.
We got the TFR guys busy with maintenance at Welgelee. Here we saw a Southbound container train behind orange E 1343 OFS and orange E xxxx. At Virginia and Hennenman we noticed passengers on the platform - a dead giveaway of an approaching passenger train. Operating informed us this was the Johannesburg bound Amatola running 6.5 hours late at least the train was packed. Upfront was orange E 1432, hoots from the crew. From Welgelee a person can see a train all the way to Theron winding it's way down to cross the Doringspruit and then up towards Welgelee.
J & J.