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Offline kalahariben

Train track tours: Bedford trucks
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:12:37 am »
Hi all

Someone told me about a company that does tours on old un-used train tracks using Bedford trucks (apparently they stuck train wheels on these trucks...).

I however do not seem to be able to find anything on the internet...

Does anyone have any knowledge of this?

Any information will be appreciated.

Cheerio!

Ben
 

Offline Lakey

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Re: Train track tours: Bedford trucks
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2014, 07:54:25 am »
An ex teacher of mine wrote a book  about the Sundays river and he was taken for a ride
on the "trolley".
I must just get the book out and let you know
Did see something in this weekends newspaper though that
an old railway line has been taken back by Spoornet to use as an alternative
route while doing maintenance.
Not sure if its the same stretch of rail though
 

Offline kalahariben

Re: Train track tours: Bedford trucks
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2014, 07:38:36 pm »
Thanks Lakey!
 

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Re: Train track tours: Bedford trucks
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2014, 08:09:43 am »
Ok
This one is in the Lootsberg north of Graaff Reinet.
A bit of history
The Graaff Reinet-Middelburg railway line was completed in 1898
but is not used today for regular train services
It followed the course of the old dirt rd that Andrew Baines built
as the main rd north(now a farm track with locked gates, it is the highest
pass in the Karoo)
Now, the "train" is " an old blue and white rail trolley" named Tubby
and it takes visitors to the top of the mountain and back
It is owned by Charles Kingwill and his son of the farm Blaauwater
The raiway line is on their property
Dont have any more info but hope this helps
Chris
 

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Re: Train track tours: Bedford trucks
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2014, 10:53:54 am »
Thanks a mil Chris! Much appreciated  ;D