n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Construction of the Kaaimansrivier Railway Bridge - bridges and roads

Volume 2019 Number 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000


The construction of the George-Knysna line was preceded by about 30 years of planning and preparation. The benefits of such a line were first mooted in the 1890s. Shortly after the Anglo-Boer War, a flying survey was conducted in 1904, but Unification in 1910 and World War One during 1914–1918 stunted railway development for many years.

The railway line between George and Knysna traverses some of the most scenic terrain in South Africa, fully deserving labels such as the “Lake District”, “Garden Route” or “Eden”. The running of the highly popular “Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe” tourist train on this line provided a thrilling glimpse of the area – now sadly retired after heavy rain and catastrophic landslides and washaways blocked the line in July 2006.

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