n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Construction of the Prieska-Kalkfontein railway line 1914-15
Part 2 : a major obstacle - the Orange River at Upington : history

Volume 23, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



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 two of three) describes the bridging, within five months, of the formidable Orange River at Upington. The first article in this series appeared on pages 50-63 in the March 2015 edition of Civil Engineering.

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