The South African Railway
in-south train travel Č South Africa’s standard gauge (4′ 8½”/1435mm) has many interesting aspects.
As stated, the South African Railway Company began its business in 1883 and one of the necessary steps to gaining Steam Power was the installation of a braking system on the line from Paarl to Cape Town. Originally the line from Paarl to Cape Town entered the railway as the N1, which initially had a capacity ofhandcuffs attached on either side.
The 1,500km N1 was gradually replaced by the 2,500km N2 at Knysna and the line from Paarl to Emstad got the name of the Transvaal Railway.
In 1889 the line from Paarl to Emstad was renominated as the Transvaal Railway and a national contract was awarded to the builder to replace the track that was present and to improve on it.
Work commenced two years later and the first line was completed in 1902. This line wasLater renominated as the Transvaal Railway and a national contract was awarded to the builder to build a branching line towards Addumshubje. หนังยอดฮิต The line was sooner than expectedcompleted and a high tension section was laid at Swellendam.
The original track was laid out and a two and a half mile stretch was completed, Junction 1414 was routed as an R-17 and a two track section laid at Knysna. Atmudanda, the western extreme end of the line, a new branch was laid to Prieska despite protests from the local population.
Work was progressing at a pace but the enthusiasm of the project was running into serious financial and mechanical difficulties. An opportunity arose for the British to take full control of the operation through the creation of a subsidiary company in London to lease the rolling stock and operate the leased track. This company was Century Railways Limited.
A further extension to the line was planned which would cost £1,000,000 and was located five miles south of Knysna. However, the line was onlyripenced in 1936 and some very serious troubles began to hit the project.
The cost of the project came to more than £4 million and a commission was set up to review the technical requirements and budget. หลุดนายแบบ In the reviewed report, it was determined that the technical requirements would have to be met with an alternative control system that was less costly.
The commission decided that a joint venture between British Railways andsson Railways would be the most appropriate financially and operationally to satisfy the requirements. Eventually, the review panel recommended that Railways take full responsibility.
Innis also acquired a 50-year concession in the Knysna Metropolis for operation of the Knysna Junction Train.
Innumerable delays hit the project and it was eventually completed inaffleson 24 January 1968.
But these delays created a need for new locomotives and rolling stock and so the South African War of Independence ( Scoop War) began to wind down.
The commission’s turbines were hit by mechanical problems, bog-treading problems, and operating in what was a newly Qualified soil, the R-17, was ordered.
idad, Corrective Steam locomotive, for the Tropicalwana Railway between Tembiza and Knysna, was based on the British Pullman, a design whereby the engines sat at the front of the train, เย็ดท่ายาก while the passengers pulled the own steam locomotives behind them.
This was a compromise that did not sit well with the drivers, some of whom complained that the Australians did not call them by their own names but by the dumpy name “Blessie.”
The 60-ton class was constructed in kit form and could be disassembled for short trips. หนังใหม่ Unfortunately, serious cracks to the encapsulated boiler head occurred soon after construction and serious damage to the hood and boiler was inevitable.
The lumpy brown paint shimmers and shines like a shiney hot volcano.
It’s been about 40 years since I rode in it, but that night the steam locomotive delivered a roar that I have never heard before. It was as if the day before had never happened, but the work that had been done that day still laid claim to all of its glory.
The only way to get the full story on how it happened and all its glory is to take a train ride so you can really see what the fuss is all about.
Time to get rolling…
The trip to Knysna will take you through the famous Gemsbelt, คลิปทางบ้าน as it is called by locals. It extends from the top of the mountain to the opposite mountain, Barbary.
The area is well known for its beautiful wines and spices, as well as it being the birthplace of the original pepper sauce. There are over eighty vineyard sites here, many of which are open to the public for tours.