Once again, that’s my last chance at the last moment! I had passed it on my way to Lüderitz, and will now pay it a visit. Find this Pin and more on Places Time Forgotby Kelli Draper. বাংলা ... Middle East/North Africa. I can’t imagine the last theory being true, since the mouth of the Orange river has perennial freshwater and a lot more grass than the Sperrgebiet. Plans by Nigeria's to change convert its 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge lines to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1 ⁄ 2 in) have accelerated in 2020. And thanks to you, looks like an interesting spot. Closed Lines[edit] Route (From/To) Closure Date Notes Bridgend - Cape Collieries[1] 1912 Bamboo Junction - Bridgend[1] 1917 Lyttelton Junction - Roberts Heights 1913 Sheba Halt - Sheba Mine 1926 Valley Junction - Walmer 1928 Narrow Gauge. Then half the Kaaimans Pass washed away taking a section of track with it. ⁶ Tunnel 4 (Hexton) remains the longest bore on the 3 ft 6 in (1065mm) gauge system, however, with the construction of Gautrain between Johannesburg and Hatfield, the tunnel between Park station and Marlboro portal is 13 475 metres long which makes it the longest railway tunnel in South Africa albeit on 4 ft 8½ in (1435mm) gauge. Preferably in the GP area, but frankly I am not picky, I could use a road trip. An old abandoned railway station in Bothas Hill, South Africa. This is a list of disused, abandoned, closed or dismantled railway lines in South Africa since 1910.. Once the Baron went off to the first world war in Europe nobody looked after the stable of more than 300 horses and after his death herds of them ran wild, roaming the veld around Duwisib until 1950. A headwind in such a desolate place would be depressing. his railway station in Kibigori is where the first group of the landless of Kisumu settled first before they were joined by the rest from other places of Kisumu. With panoramic views across Dartmoor and the Cornish countryside, the railway … So there’d better be something there. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. All the buildings look nice and clean, and they are all empty. East Fort. That also includes 4×4 driving off road and destroying the landscape for a century. And also, most of the stations are today abandoned. It has been abandoned since. Swaths of south … The Botanic Gardens Railway Station was a train station on the Glasgow railway network located near Kelvinside in Glasgow’s West End. The wind is in my back today! The following is a list of railway stations (also known as railroad stations in the United States), which is indexed by country. Abandoned deep underground, never completed or left to be consumed by wildlife, these stations were once part of the UK capital's sprawling transport … Ian had also told me that around the road are old forts built by the Germans. Five of the schemes are in the South West, three are in the North West, and projects in the East and West Midlands, North East and Yorkshire & Humberside also feature. Landlocked Botswana is looking at building a railway through Namibia to export its mining products, freeing them from the dependency on South Africa. Many of the old stations have been restored since steam's heyday. The station was never particularly busy and it closed in 1939. Norham Station in Northumberland comes complete with its original signal box, waiting room and platform and could sell for £420,000. Prepared with WordPress.org, Arras theme, RideWithGPS, Flickr and Google Docs & Maps. More information on the contractor’s website http://www.tubulartrack.co.za (disclaimer: I have no association with that company). I find a bullet in one of them, but no one can tell me if it’s a German bullet from WW1, earlier, or an amateur hunter from the XXIst century. Your email address will not be published. Indeed, the small town sits at an altitude of 1500 m, at the edge of the Great Escarpment. This is an old and abandoned railway bridge that runs along the Outeniqua mountain in South Africa Abandoned railway bridge surrounded by lush vegetation . Pinetown Station. Kempton Park Hospital is what I'm thinking of. The good tar surface and the strong tailwind make it very pleasant, as I am left to enjoy the bare landscape and the ostriches without producing much effort. At the end of the day, I have gone 100 km away from Aus. Nigeria. Being an urban explorer old and forgotten train yards are one of my favourite places to explore. The strongest horses could have reached the shore and found their way to the Garub plains. Check https://www.google.co.za/search?q=kempton+park+hospital&tbm=isch, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the southafrica community, Press J to jump to the feed. Discover Macassar Beach Pavilion in Cape Town, South Africa. It is worth nothing that, first, trains had a regular service 100 years ago, more frequently and in much remote places than today. This is a list of disused, abandoned, closed or dismantled railway lines in South Africa since 1910. 83 November 15, 2020. Pictures of the reconstruction in 2002-2004 are here, and most of the rail I see is from these years. The forgotten and abandoned railway stations you can visit in Hertfordshire. The rust has partly chewed the sides and the bottom of them, but not the ladder. Just after Kolmanskop, twenty kilometers from the coast, I stop at Grasplatz. It apparently already took ages to restore this railway, so I hope they will be able to make use of it before replacing the every beam …, Your email address will not be published. TouristLink members rank Johannesburg Park Station, Pretoria Railway Station and Kimberley Railway Station as the top railway stations in South Africa. According to numbers kept in the records of the German Colonial Administration, a total of 2 014 concentration camp prisoners were used for the railway construction between January 1906 and June 1907. CARS left abandoned for years are gathering dust at airports and Gautrain parking bays, racking up millions of rand in unpaid tickets. The 1920s, that is. They were feeding Lüderitz with water, and they have made possible the construction of the railway in 1906. The original station was opened in Harbour Street in 1830, with a second station built in 1846 when South Eastern Railway took over. From these prisoners 1 359 died while working on the line: a 67% mortality rate. Feb 8, 2014 - An abandoned railway station at Humerail, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Being in the desert, it’s easy to spot artifacts in the landscape, but it takes time to walk until them. Abandoned WW2 radar station on Slangkop above Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula. He gives me a discount for the campsite and lets me buy a beer. Another theory is that a ship carrying thoroughbreds from Europe to Australia that ran aground near the mouth of the Orange River. Elastic timelines … Steve, of the Aus gas station, is still as nice as on my first visit. The abandoned park is situated in the Macassar Dunes Conservation Area. An abandoned railway station at Avontuur, near Uniondale, South Africa. Abkhazia, a disputed territory on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, has several abandoned railway stations, including this one in Gudauta. Categories: Railway & Train Stations It is a world class heavy haul freight rail company that specialises in the transportation of freight. The Botanic Gardens Railway Station was a train station on the Glasgow railway network located near Kelvinside in Glasgow’s West End. Add your article. Point - Durban 1936 original 1860 route (oldest line in South Africa) Stanger - Kearsney 1941 Narrow Gauge. A funny example on how Namibia is so wide and so small at the same time, is the picture above. SA's last working steam train ran on the line until 2005. I didn’t know there was diamond mining in the area. Address: 10 Railway St, Pinetown, 3610, South Africa, Kwazulu Natal. The history of Madrid's metro is captured in this abandoned station dating from 1919. At that time, the only drinking water was a source 2 km from Garub train station. I'll get some more info. The list is primarily intended to document South African Railways (Government) or private lines of historical significance. They have an “office” and machines in front of the airport. Also, one of my maps indicates “Witputz cattle post” there, at the crossroads between C13 and D463, so I am hopeful to find ruins, and set up my tent sheltered from the wind. I have seen the plans at the Windhoek railway museum. I am not sure if these red tanks were active until 1990, but I have seen a fairly recent pumping station 40 km from Lüderitz. (e.g. Learn how your comment data is processed. I decide to push until 120 km, remembering that Steve said there is a windmill at KM 120. (e.g. Lost Sydney: Disused Stations The stations listed here are disused or demolishd railway stations on lines that are still in use. I could cycle the 170 km to Rosh Pinah within the same day if I had left early. Luckily I still have a bit of a tailwind, and I am confident I will reach Aus before night. I have barely seen any in such a long time! I will see how I feel then. If there is a windmill, there is also probably a concrete tank nearby, or even a farm, where I could sleep. It’s a perfect stop for cyclists! r/southafrica: Everything related to South Africa. I find it a shame, especially in Namibia, where most of the country is about enjoying the infinite space. Also popular are De Aar Railway Station in De Aar , Cape Town Railway Station in Cape Town and Umgeni Steam Railway in Durban . The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) uses Tubular Modular Track in stations to ensure fixed vertical alignment between platforms and trains. It is likely, too, that some of the feral horses originated from the Schutztruppe mounts, as well as from the those belonging to a South African Expeditionary Force that took control of the Lüderitz- Keetmanshoop line during the First World War. Notes. There is a waterhole and a viewpoint in front of the Garub train station. Pretoria - The multimillion-rand Greenview railway station in Mamelodi is in a state of ruin, with no sign that construction will be completed any time soon. That offers me the opportunity to take the most surprising photo of the day: Are they going to spoil my photoshoot of the dilapidated station? Transnet freight rail has approximately 38 000 employees, who are spread throughout the country. This is possible thanks a stretch of abandoned railway, the old Selati railway bridge that used to bring tourists at Skukuza Camp back in the ‘20s. ), I am lucky to see two of these wild horses approaching. Anyway, from that hill I can still enjoy the views over the Sperrgebiet with more of a bird’s eye. Just a kilometer away, I discern white buildings in the dark. The original station was opened in Harbour Street in 1830, with a second station built in 1846 when South Eastern Railway took over. Haalenberg is the only point over the 120 km of that empty road where hills are so close from the road. I was told a plant grows around here, called the bushman’s candle, and can be burnt like a candle (but with a specific caveat, like the smoke is toxic or something else). The 150 families meant to benefit live in squalor without basic services next to a railway line. And then, it’s jackpot! I don’t know if this is the bushman’s candle or not. Later today, I will give it to Ian, meeting by chance on that same road. The disused Algebuckina narrow gauge railway bridge, located south of Oodnadatta. This abandoned railway line was originally constructed as part of the El Paso & South Western, in 1901-1902, as the route from Douglas, through New Mexico to El Paso, Texas. I am dealing with this by changing the title to "List of abandoned railway lines in South Africa, which seems a fairly clear thing to do, especially In view of the legalities mentioned As for other objections, look for sources. The waterhole is supposed to attract the Garub wild horses. As I leave the Kolmanskop ghost town, the railway under renovation still runs parallel to the B4 road. List of abandoned railway lines in South Africa. ~ Leonard Odhiambo Obiero | March 29, 2015 In living memory, hundreds of railway stations have closed across the country and have since been abandoned, demolished or converted to other uses. I won’t be taking the road to Keetmanshoop, and then visit the Fish River Canyon, but will instead go south from here to Rosh Pinah, visit a mine where Ian got me a contact, and ride along the Orange river, apparently a great scenic road. Whitstable Harbour is the name of the three disused railway stations that used to serve as the terminus for the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway. Whichever their origin is, it’s still incredible that tamed horses abandoned into the hostile Namib managed to survive. This abandoned railway line was originally constructed as part of the El Paso & South Western, in 1901-1902, as the route from Douglas, through New Mexico to El Paso, Texas. An old abandoned railway station in Bothas Hill, South Africa. The list is primarily intended to document South African Railways (Government) or private lines of historical significance. Three years ago, Berlin’s vital urban railway, the S-Bahn, had to shut down major parts of its routes. (e.g. Their regular paths are clearly visible in the sand. My lack of telephoto lens pushes me to walk down to the waterhole, where they don’t seem as scared by my presence as gemsboks or ostriches would be. Quite often in Namibia, the morning brings a surprise: after I wake up and walk around my tent, the wind slowly builds up while I eat and pack my gear. The East Fort, built in the 18th century, is the oldest operating battery gun in the world and … It is worth nothing that, first, trains had a regular service 100 years ago, more frequently and in much remote places than today. Check out our abandoned train selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from our photographs shops. Abandoned (1919 — ~1932) After World War 1, the old line was closed and the rails removed.The last train to ever use the tunnels was on August 11, 1919. Looking at my GPS, it seems that the slope is in average 1% downhill. The station opened on July 1, 1884, and closed on February 1, 1916. It was a hundred years ago. It’s a bit on the same vibe as the Japanese golden-week tourism ads for “visiting Europe in 5 days”. As in any town planned by apartheid South Africans, there is a township clearly separated from the town. This type of rail is better suited to desert conditions as desert sand gets mixed into ballast over time and alters its reaction to loads passing over which leads to derailments. The following article on the history of the Port Elizabeth Railway Station was originally published in the October 1986 edition of Restorica, the journal of the Simon van der Stel Foundation (today the Heritage Association of South Africa). Buying alcohol in Namibia is prohibited from Saturday 1 pm until Monday. Bridgend - Cape Collieries[1] 1912 And it’s better for my traveling eyes to meet abandoned German horses. It does look like a defense system. The two tunnels at Sleep’s Hill were superseded on 16 April 1919 when a wider tunnel was built a little to the east. Since the German South West Namibia was not defeated yet by South Africa, it is written in German. Please help to improve the article, or discuss the issue on the talk page. It doesn’t really look like a farm, but more like a police office or a workshop, with a car inspection pit. Since the German South West Namibia was not defeated yet by South Africa, it is written in German. Thus, apart from the last 40 km of sandstorm on my way to Lüderitz, I am having a rather lucky 240 km ride in the Sperrgebiet, with tailwind more than half of the time. By the time we finish chatting with the two other French, the tour bus is already gone and I am left alone with the sun and the ruins. Along an abandoned railway in South Africa, Cape Town native Clifford has made this cave his home Kelly Clarke Filed on April 29, 2017 | Last updated on April 30, 2017 at 07.39 am A train bringing supplies derailed recently due to the sand. Does anyone know of any abandoned railway stations or buildings? Here are 5 really cool lost […] My four days in Lüderitz were very pleasant and I’m now cycling back to Aus, and then South Africa gets really close. An unusual opportunity to buy a former railway station is now available in south east Cornwall. Copyright FreeWheely by jb. And of course, the new rails. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, https://www.google.co.za/search?q=kempton+park+hospital&tbm=isch. And I can’t find anything online that would tell me a bit more about where I slept. But … As usual, there is almost no traffic, and the mountains and plateaus surrounding me seem shaped by water and erosion. Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia. I remember it too well around Tarfaya in Western Sahara and on the Skeleton Coast. People travelling in buses usually have no time, and no personal space. The railway, not re-opened yet but planned for completion by the end of the year (spoiler: a train reappeared in Lüderitz in November 2014), is also in need of regular maintenance in these conditions. From Lüderitz, the stations of Kolmanskop, Grasplatz, Haalenberg and Garub are the only ones of the Aus-Lüderitz line where a structure remains. I'm working on a little photography project and looking for sites. The busy railway line brought people and prosperity to many of the towns along the way, but re-routing the main line through Port Pirie was the start of a decline for some places. During the night, I get visited by something. Too risky to look for, on unmarked dirt tracks, by night. defunct railway stations lines or branches in Adelaide and South Australia There are three extant closed stations on the passenger railway network in the Reynel. It has a dilapidated building, two dead trees, and rusty elevated water tanks. Transnet freight rail is the largest division of Transnet Limited, a public company with South African government as its sole shareholder. The 3 km leaving town uphill are then followed by a 50 km stretch, during which I barely pedal! Because of the windmills, there must be animals and a farm around here, but it could be in any direction, and maybe 5 km, 10 km or 15 km away. Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of human civilization. So the work done earlier to repair the line using the traditional ballast approach, as seen in your photos around Haalenberg and Garub, will eventually be replaced by the type of rail seen in your photos at the start of this blog. The list is primarily intended to document South African Railways (Government) or private lines of historical significance. It’s, in a smaller scale, similar to the other over-ambitious rail projects of the colonial empires: France wanting to link Dakar to Djibouti, and the British almost succeeding in building the Cairo to Cape Town railway. ... As a result of the 1992-1993 armed conflict, traffic on the Sukhumi railway station was completely stopped. Since the German South West Namibia was not defeated yet by South Africa, it is written in German. Nothing has really changed in 100 years. Everyone that I spoke with laughed at the concept that it would be running any time soon, despite numerous promises that it would go live before the end of 2016. Namaqualand Railway Knysna - Templeman 1949 Narrow Gauge. I don’t think so. So, I decided to walk to any suspicious structure I would spot from the road. This means that every hundred metres of the railway line from Lüderitz to Aus account for one dead Namibian Shark Island prisoner“. There are talks about building a 7 km long tunnel to avoid the burden of desanding the railway …. For stations on closed lines, see Closed Railway Lines. About the German military in this region, I can’t remember if it was for fighting against the local tribes, or during WWI against South Africa. I don’t think there is much wildlife around, but one never knows. Indeed, the sarcocaulon has “fleshy branches, covered with wax, [which] are flammable and can even when wet be used as a kindling to light fires“, but I’m well equipped enough not to have had to try it. TouristLink members rank Johannesburg Park Station, Pretoria Railway Station and Kimberley Railway Station as the top railway stations in South Africa. (Arizona and New Mexico were still territories when the line was first built.) It is possible that some of them wandered the 150 kilometres south- westward to the water at Garub. A NEW WEBSITE HAS BEEN CREATED BY MARTIN FIRTH THAT LISTS ALL LINES CLOSED TO PASSENGER SERVICES BETWEEN 1901 AND 1994. Find information on railway stations in South Africa as well as 24 railway stations in Africa, 4787 rai In its early days, Lüderitz received water by ship from Cape Town. This particular blog brings together two things I take great interest in, exploring and railways! It’s time for me to check what’s in those red tanks. The railway forms part of the so-called EAC Rail Sector Enhancement Project, also called the East African Railway Masterplan, managed by the East Africa Community (EAC) which plans to … Find information on railway stations in South Africa as well as 24 railway stations in Africa, 4787 rai STATIONS LISTED ON THE REGISTER OF CLOSED RAILWAYS 1901 TO 1994 WEBSITE ARE LINKED TO THE DISUSED STATIONS WEBSITE. EDIT: I was a little off. At that time, Namibia was SWA, Botswana was Bechuanaland, and Zambia was North-Rhodesia. Fahrplan, train schedules in Namibia in 1914 It looks like an abandoned farming complex, with many buildings. From the mysterious ghost stations burrowed underneath Paris to a station in China allegedly built for military purposes, here are 18 photos of abandoned train stations and the history behind them. Hi JB, thank you for this very interesting series of blogs, they have been a great read … and I’ve still got many countries to go. And also, most of the stations are today abandoned. Does anyone know of any abandoned railway stations or buildings? The nice blue sky makes time go by fast. The Aus-Lüderitz railway was proudly completed in 1906 by the Germans, after only 9 months of work. Abandoned Mokrinsky Railway Bridge in Chuvashia. Jul 29, 2020 Croydon is littered with abandoned stations but this has to be one of the most surreal and exciting. Kearsney – Stanger Light Railway Okiep - Port Nolloth 1944? Nobody can accurately tell why there are here. The electric poles and telephone lines have been replaced and upgraded, some trees have died, and color photographs have appeared. This is a list of disused, abandoned, closed or dismantled railway lines in South Africa since 1910.. But I am taking it easy and two days will work fine, if the wind doesn’t change sides. See full address and map. : Okiep railway) On the other hand, to truly enjoy that wonderful time+space of Namibia, a tourist needs lots of time and a vehicle (often one that costs a lot to rent), so it’s not a cheap destination. In living memory, hundreds of railway stations have closed across the country and have since been abandoned, demolished or converted to other uses. At the same time arrives a tour bus. Old Train Station Train Stations Abandoned Buildings Abandoned Places Feeling Abandoned Flying Scotsman Disused Stations Goal Board Time Stood Still The perfect home for a railway fan? By the way, the nine highways map illustrates once again how DRC’s jungle is not compatible with travelling. Image from randomtruth. If not found after an appropriate source, then and only then take it to AfD . South African Railways Old Western Towns Cape Town South Africa Old Trains Out Of Africa Most Beautiful Cities African History Africa Travel Old Photos. Deep in … : Okiep railway) Jump to: navigation, search. Quoting a very well documented website, “this railway line is built with concentration camp labour from Shark Island near Lüderitz, without recourse to proper nutrition and medical facilities. Alas, they're a popular haunt for today's ghost hunters. South Africa– Blue Sky Publications (Pty) Ltd T/A TheSouthAfrican Number: 2005/028472/07. I have a choice of 10 rooms, and I pick the one with a door and the best viewpoint against visitors. 68. I didn’t find the rails of this 2.4 km line, that Klaus Dierks shot in 2002 here and there, but we can maybe guess them by looking at the straight lines on the satellite picture. ... fuel and other necessities around the south east. What I like about the Namib desert and the Sperrgebiet is that, since nobody would want to live there for the lifestyle, every man-made structure carries a part of the local industrial history. When I leave it in the morning, I see a sign that I had missed at night: Namibia Diamond Mining Company Ltd. It has been abandoned since. In the 1880s, seven tunnels—known collectively as the Helensburgh Tunnels—began to pop up on the Sutherland to Wollongong line in New South Wales. The project was abandoned in 2017 and the houses have since been stripped by thieves. Kolmanskop ghost town and the Namibian diamonds history, Lüderitz, another town at the end of the world, Last days in the Namib desert: railway stations and wild horses, Mining expedition in the desert of Brandberg West, Cycling the salt road on the Skeleton Coast, C28, Boshua pass, the roller coaster road, Dropping into the desert via the Spreetshoogte pass, Sossusvlei, at the top of a world of sand, The D707, a fashionable notion of remoteness, Looking for Sperrgebiet diamonds in the Lüderitz peninsula, Namibia’s best: cycling along the Orange river, Cycling Namibia – Part 1 (North) – From the Kunene to Windhoek, Cycling Namibia – Part 2 (South) – From Windhoek to the Orange. Narrow Gauge. The rail projects will be awarded up to £50,000 each to progress plans to reinstate historic stations and restore passenger services closed during the 1960s Beeching cuts. This article is incomplete. 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