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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Africa's Last Steam Train Suspends Service

Africa's last scheduled steam train service was suspended late last month, dashing hopes that it could be a hook to attract tourists to the Garden Route, one of South Africa's most beautiful coasts, during next year's World Cup.

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, which ran a daily service between George and Mossel Bay during the busy summer months, would no longer operate as it had become too expensive for its State-run owner, Transnet, to maintain after flooding damaged the line. Prior to landslides in 2006 it was possible to take the train between George and Knysna too, which crossed the Garden Route’s most iconic railway bridge, but, with an estimated repair cost of R65-million (€6-million), funds to repair the line have not been available.

link: AfricaNews - Africa's last scheduled steam train stops - The AfricaNews articles of pejomo


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