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Luxury Train Africa In The Progress In The Region


Allan Ryckman

History from the vantage point of luxury train Africa is amazing. Every continent has it unique identity and Africa is no different. Its character is composed of topographical features but also of the people whose contributions have left concrete signs.

During the colonial era European countries expanded into other parts of the world. They did not understand that China and India were far more civilized than they themselves were and tramped clumsily over treasures that were unappreciated. However, in Africa they found a continent where the wheel was unknown. Goods were transported on heads or legs, not on wheels.

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When the European powers saw the potential for raw materials in Africa they immediately set about constructing what must have seen like impossibly long and difficult constructions that would enable them to lay down steels rails and make iron wheels run smoothly along them. In some cases they considered navigable rivers but the southern parts of the continent did not lend themselves to river navigation because of rapids and unsteady water flows, so railways became the preferred mode.

Railway lines must be laid on perfectly flat and secure bases. They must follow contours so that gradients are never too steep even when they traverse steep mountains. A thick bed of gravel must be laid and then wooden sleepers laid horizontally at close intervals. Many of the heavy duty sleeps laid in South Africa were imported form Australia. Finally heavy steel rails are laid on top of the bed and fixed firmly in place so that they will stay that way for hundreds are years.

In South Africa a route had to be constructed from the port of Durban to Johannesburg where mines had already been established hundreds of kilometers away. At first ox wagons transported engineering supplies across the Drakensberg mountains that rear jagged peaks thousands of feet above sea level. A railway line had to follow tortuous contours up the sides of mountain slopes, following gradients the were sufficiently easy for steam engines to traverse whilst hauling heavy loads.

From Cape Town in the south the route had to proceed northwards over empty deserts. Though flat, the Great Karroo is expansive and dry. The colonial engineers that laid tracks on routes that are still being used two hundred years later had no heavy equipment, no pay loaders or graders or mechanical horses, yet the excellence of their works stands as testimony to their skills. They may be seen as symbols of what European colonists achieved in developing the economy of a country that is now one of the richest on the continent.

In addition to the main routes constructed for military and trade purposes there were many shorter lines constructed between small towns. In some cases they were private enterprises built to profit from the transportation of agricultural produce to markets. The steel rails lie on he ground still in many parts of the country partially overgrown by weeds and with the buildings that once served to accommodate staff and goods crumbling away. It seems that there is still a belief in their economic worth that prevents them from being abandoned altogether.

Luxury train Africa is interwoven with the development of the continent. In Capital Park museum in Pretoria much of the fascinating history of the railway era is captured and tourists may embark on luxury railway holidays in restored elegant carriages that capture both the romance and the reality of the railway era.

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