The BLUE TRAIN may now be overrun by tourists, but is still one of the world's
great journeys; alternatively, Rovos
Rail offer another luxury train experience. But following this
link will take you to all of the different railway services, from luxury to
commuter. And clicking on the steam train below takes you to one of the
best of the preserved steam lines in the Cape (the only one that still runs
Railways developed relatively quickly in South Africa, after quite a
slow start. The very first line was in 1850, a short, oxen
"powered" (dragged, surely?) track at the harbour in Natal. It was only in
1860 that the Natal railway company turned to steam - and was still two
years ahead of the Cape Town - Wellington line, which opened in 1862.
The initial construction, from the Cape
to Wellington was a slow process. Years between initial estimates, costings,
very much the sense of bureaucracy gone mad.