n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Construction of the Prieska-Kalkfontein railway line 1914-15
Part 1 : a running start - from Prieska to Upington




One hundred years ago South Africa, as part of the British Empire, was at war with Germany. The first objective of the Union Defence Force was to take control of German South-West Africa (GSWA, today Namibia). A part of this offensive was to bridge the gap between the two national railway systems, from Prieska in South Africa to Kalkfontein (today Karasburg) in GSWA. This was a daunting challenge delegated to a newly formed South African Railways (SAR) and was executed successfully under trying conditions. This article (part one of three) describes the construction of the railway line from Prieska to Upington.


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