The statistics of the railway project is frightening. Quoting a very well documented website, “this railway line is built with concentration camp labour from Shark Island near Lüderitz, without recourse to proper nutrition and medical facilities. The 3 km leaving town uphill are then followed by a 50 km stretch, during which I barely pedal! An abandoned railway station at Avontuur, near Uniondale, South Africa. For two weeks no trains ran into the train sheds, no passenger were … And thanks to you, looks like an interesting spot. The Aus-Lüderitz railway was proudly completed in 1906 by the Germans, after only 9 months of work. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Elastic timelines … It was too expensive to build a railway through the desert, and anyway the Germans were quickly defeated in Africa. It’s a good distance, but I am still surrounded by bare landscape. Another theory is that a ship carrying thoroughbreds from Europe to Australia that ran aground near the mouth of the Orange River. Many of them are abandoned by bridges, train stations, bus stops or just left on the side of the road. South Africa– Blue Sky Publications (Pty) Ltd T/A TheSouthAfrican Number: 2005/028472/07. From Lüderitz, the stations of Kolmanskop, Grasplatz, Haalenberg and Garub are the only ones of the Aus-Lüderitz line where a structure remains. (e.g. At that time, the only drinking water was a source 2 km from Garub train station. People travelling in buses usually have no time, and no personal space. I can’t imagine the last theory being true, since the mouth of the Orange river has perennial freshwater and a lot more grass than the Sperrgebiet. This type of rail is better suited to desert conditions as desert sand gets mixed into ballast over time and alters its reaction to loads passing over which leads to derailments. East Fort. Throngs of travellers congregated at London's St Pancras train station on Saturday 19 December as they sought to flee the city before it was placed in tier 4 at midnight. Kearsney – Stanger Light Railway Okiep - Port Nolloth 1944? Required fields are marked *. ~ Leonard Odhiambo Obiero | March 29, 2015 About the German military in this region, I can’t remember if it was for fighting against the local tribes, or during WWI against South Africa. All the buildings look nice and clean, and they are all empty. Abkhazia, a disputed territory on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, has several abandoned railway stations, including this one in Gudauta. At that time, Namibia was SWA, Botswana was Bechuanaland, and Zambia was North-Rhodesia. Since the German South West Namibia was not defeated yet by South Africa, it is written in German. Anyway, from that hill I can still enjoy the views over the Sperrgebiet with more of a bird’s eye. ABANDONED STATIONS/LINES/DEPOTS in SOUTH AFRICA..Thanks .....Wikipedia. বাংলা ... Middle East/North Africa. I didn’t know there was diamond mining in the area. This abandoned railway line was originally constructed as part of the El Paso & South Western, in 1901-1902, as the route from Douglas, through New Mexico to El Paso, Texas. I venture on it to camp away from the C13, paved and as busy as, maybe, 50 cars a day? The good tar surface and the strong tailwind make it very pleasant, as I am left to enjoy the bare landscape and the ostriches without producing much effort. I finally reach my planned destination for the night, the ruins of the Haalenberg station. It is worth nothing that, first, trains had a regular service 100 years ago, more frequently and in much remote places than today. This is its current status after the collapse of the Kisumu railway. A good point about deserts over rain forests, for historical purposes, is that things don’t change and traces can last for years. The waterhole is supposed to attract the Garub wild horses. Swaths of south … The station opened on July 1, 1884, and closed on February 1, 1916. South Asia. It doesn’t really look like a farm, but more like a police office or a workshop, with a car inspection pit. It’s time for me to check what’s in those red tanks. The nice blue sky makes time go by fast. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Find this Pin and more on Places Time Forgotby Kelli Draper. Plans by Nigeria's to change convert its 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge lines to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1 ⁄ 2 in) have accelerated in 2020. I don’t think so. By the way, the nine highways map illustrates once again how DRC’s jungle is not compatible with travelling. SA's last working steam train ran on the line until 2005. Check out our abandoned train selection for the very best in unique or custom, handmade pieces from our photographs shops. The station remained open during World War II however, and was used by allied soldiers and Jewish people to escape into Spain. The slope up to Aus is tough, and I feel the significant temperature change when I approach 1400. The list is primarily intended to document South African Railways (Government) or private lines of historical significance. TouristLink members rank Johannesburg Park Station, Pretoria Railway Station and Kimberley Railway Station as the top railway stations in South Africa. Many of the old stations have been restored since steam's heyday. Abandoned WW2 radar station on Slangkop above Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula. Indeed, the sarcocaulon has “fleshy branches, covered with wax, [which] are flammable and can even when wet be used as a kindling to light fires“, but I’m well equipped enough not to have had to try it. Notes. By the time I am on the saddle, I can call it tailwind or headwind, and guess if my day will be a good one or a tough one. Woollahra Station Location: Eastern Suburbs, Sydney Woollahra Station is possibly the best example of a 'ghost station' in the entire metropolitan area of Sydney. I'm working on a little photography project and looking for sites. Steve, of the Aus gas station, is still as nice as on my first visit. 68. Also, one of my maps indicates “Witputz cattle post” there, at the crossroads between C13 and D463, so I am hopeful to find ruins, and set up my tent sheltered from the wind. Please help to improve the article, or discuss the issue on the talk page. I have barely seen any in such a long time! 168 November 10, 2020. As a result of the 1992-1993 armed conflict, traffic on the Sukhumi railway … Kolmanskop ghost town and the Namibian diamonds history, Lüderitz, another town at the end of the world, Last days in the Namib desert: railway stations and wild horses, Mining expedition in the desert of Brandberg West, Cycling the salt road on the Skeleton Coast, C28, Boshua pass, the roller coaster road, Dropping into the desert via the Spreetshoogte pass, Sossusvlei, at the top of a world of sand, The D707, a fashionable notion of remoteness, Looking for Sperrgebiet diamonds in the Lüderitz peninsula, Namibia’s best: cycling along the Orange river, Cycling Namibia – Part 1 (North) – From the Kunene to Windhoek, Cycling Namibia – Part 2 (South) – From Windhoek to the Orange. At the end of the day, I have gone 100 km away from Aus. Derelict Buildings Abandoned Churches Old Buildings Abandoned Places Old Train Station Train Stations Wonderful Places Beautiful Places South African Railways. So the work done earlier to repair the line using the traditional ballast approach, as seen in your photos around Haalenberg and Garub, will eventually be replaced by the type of rail seen in your photos at the start of this blog. This is a list of disused, abandoned, closed or dismantled railway lines in South Africa since 1910. With strong winds, sand dunes can move up to 15 meters a day. A train bringing supplies derailed recently due to the sand. This part of the Namib is home to about 150 feral horses (276 at the 2001 count before a severe drought). Discover Macassar Beach Pavilion in Cape Town, South Africa. There are talks about building a 7 km long tunnel to avoid the burden of desanding the railway …. I won’t be taking the road to Keetmanshoop, and then visit the Fish River Canyon, but will instead go south from here to Rosh Pinah, visit a mine where Ian got me a contact, and ride along the Orange river, apparently a great scenic road. Does anyone know of any abandoned railway stations or buildings? I am not sure if these red tanks were active until 1990, but I have seen a fairly recent pumping station 40 km from Lüderitz. I'll get some more info. Jul 26, 2019 - Explore Alex Bullard's board "Disused Railway Stations" on Pinterest. That also includes 4×4 driving off road and destroying the landscape for a century. I'll get some more info. An old abandoned railway station in Bothas Hill, South Africa. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) uses Tubular Modular Track in stations to ensure fixed vertical alignment between platforms and trains. I started reading your blogs from the southern Angola section through to your return to Europe, and now I will go back to your entry into Africa – I am looking forward to reading about your experiences up north. The list is primarily intended to document South African Railways (Government) or private lines of historical significance. It has been abandoned since. The Botanic Gardens Railway Station was a train station on the Glasgow railway network located near Kelvinside in Glasgow’s West End. I had passed it on my way to Lüderitz, and will now pay it a visit. Once again, that’s my last chance at the last moment! Being in the desert, it’s easy to spot artifacts in the landscape, but it takes time to walk until them. Too risky to look for, on unmarked dirt tracks, by night. See more ideas about railway station, railway, station. But it’s still early for me, so I move on. The rail projects will be awarded up to £50,000 each to progress plans to reinstate historic stations and restore passenger services closed during the 1960s Beeching cuts. Deep in … It formed part of a larger piece titled "The coming of the Railway … It apparently already took ages to restore this railway, so I hope they will be able to make use of it before replacing the every beam …, Your email address will not be published. A NEW WEBSITE HAS BEEN CREATED BY MARTIN FIRTH THAT LISTS ALL LINES CLOSED TO PASSENGER SERVICES BETWEEN 1901 AND 1994. (February 2010) This is a list of disused, abandoned, closed or dismantled railway lines in South Africa since 1910. In its early days, Lüderitz received water by ship from Cape Town. This article is incomplete. Find information on railway stations in South Africa as well as 24 railway stations in Africa, 4787 rai It’s a bit on the same vibe as the Japanese golden-week tourism ads for “visiting Europe in 5 days”. According to numbers kept in the records of the German Colonial Administration, a total of 2 014 concentration camp prisoners were used for the railway construction between January 1906 and June 1907. Urban exploration is also commonly referred to as "creeping" or infiltration, although some people consider infiltration to be more closely associated with the exploration of active or inhabited sites. Fahrplan, train schedules in Namibia in 1914 I am dealing with this by changing the title to "List of abandoned railway lines in South Africa, which seems a fairly clear thing to do, especially In view of the legalities mentioned As for other objections, look for sources. And I can’t find anything online that would tell me a bit more about where I slept. It looks like an abandoned farming complex, with many buildings. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Transnet freight rail has approximately 38 000 employees, who are spread throughout the country. Image from randomtruth. The 1920s, that is. Ian had also told me that around the road are old forts built by the Germans. My four days in Lüderitz were very pleasant and I’m now cycling back to Aus, and then South Africa gets really close. There is no wind, but just in case (there is a “Caution: Hyenas” sign just a kilometer away), I set up my tent inside the ruins: I have 3.5 walls and a roof, it’s not too bad. For stations on closed lines, see Closed Railway Lines. I didn’t find the rails of this 2.4 km line, that Klaus Dierks shot in 2002 here and there, but we can maybe guess them by looking at the straight lines on the satellite picture. The original station was opened in Harbour Street in 1830, with a second station built in 1846 when South Eastern Railway took over. The world abounds with abandoned railway stations, monuments of the 19th and 20 centuries including Abkhazia, Canfranc and Petite Ceinture in … I decide to push until 120 km, remembering that Steve said there is a windmill at KM 120. South African Railways Old Western Towns Cape Town South Africa Old Trains Out Of Africa Most Beautiful Cities African History Africa Travel Old Photos. I don’t know if this is the bushman’s candle or not. In living memory, hundreds of railway stations have closed across the country and have since been abandoned, demolished or converted to other uses. It’s, in a smaller scale, similar to the other over-ambitious rail projects of the colonial empires: France wanting to link Dakar to Djibouti, and the British almost succeeding in building the Cairo to Cape Town railway. A few minutes after I show up at the viewpoint, eating something in the shade (yes, shade! There is something really nice I found at the Windhoek railway museum: the train schedule in 1914. The project was abandoned in 2017 and the houses have since been stripped by thieves. They have an “office” and machines in front of the airport. Once the Baron went off to the first world war in Europe nobody looked after the stable of more than 300 horses and after his death herds of them ran wild, roaming the veld around Duwisib until 1950. It is possible that some of them wandered the 150 kilometres south- westward to the water at Garub. Jump to: navigation, search. Later today, I will give it to Ian, meeting by chance on that same road. Thank you in advance. The two tunnels at Sleep’s Hill were superseded on 16 April 1919 when a wider tunnel was built a little to the east. I was told a plant grows around here, called the bushman’s candle, and can be burnt like a candle (but with a specific caveat, like the smoke is toxic or something else). Your email address will not be published. But … Address: 10 Railway St, Pinetown, 3610, South Africa, Kwazulu Natal. And of course, the new rails. Buying alcohol in Namibia is prohibited from Saturday 1 pm until Monday. The best asset of Aus, from my point of view, is that all four roads leaving Aus are downhill. He gives me a discount for the campsite and lets me buy a beer. Note to future cyclists: At the “Rosh Pinah: 90” road sign, there is a ruin by the road. I chat a bit with the railway workers stationed here, and then kill time by cleaning the inner side of all of my chain links. This is a list of disused, abandoned, closed or dismantled railway lines in South Africa since 1910.. This means that every hundred metres of the railway line from Lüderitz to Aus account for one dead Namibian Shark Island prisoner“. Copyright FreeWheely by jb. I find it a shame, especially in Namibia, where most of the country is about enjoying the infinite space. Then half the Kaaimans Pass washed away taking a section of track with it. Sandstorms are frequent in this region, I have lived it a few days ago, and I have met in Lüderitz the guys who move the sand from the road everyday. The original station was opened in Harbour Street in 1830, with a second station built in 1846 when South Eastern Railway took over. The station building was later reused but was damaged by fire in 1970. Nigeria. Categories: Railway & Train Stations The following article on the history of the Port Elizabeth Railway Station was originally published in the October 1986 edition of Restorica, the journal of the Simon van der Stel Foundation (today the Heritage Association of South Africa). This is a dynamic list and may never be … Oh shame. Urban exploration (often shortened as urbex or UE) is the examination of the normally unseen or off-limits parts of human civilization. (Arizona and New Mexico were still territories when the line was first built.) Kibigori Railway Station in Kibigori: This used to be one of the main railway stations along the Mombasa-Kisumu railway route. Sometimes you hit a gold mine and there are allot of old train relics around even some abandoned steam locomotives. Learn how your comment data is processed. If not found after an appropriate source, then and only then take it to AfD . There are 12 so-called 'ghost stations' lurking underneath the streets of Paris, France. And after meeting Ian on the slope, I reach my destination for the day just in time. (the main gate chain is so rusty it can be opened and closed with little pressure). See full address and map. Even for that tiny place of Aus …. So, I decided to walk to any suspicious structure I would spot from the road. It is worth nothing that, first, trains had a regular service 100 years ago, more frequently and in much remote places than today. his railway station in Kibigori is where the first group of the landless of Kisumu settled first before they were joined by the rest from other places of Kisumu. There is a car parked there, and this is the French couple I met when leaving the backpackers in Lüderitz. In the morning, I climb one of them, still in search of these “German forts”. My lack of telephoto lens pushes me to walk down to the waterhole, where they don’t seem as scared by my presence as gemsboks or ostriches would be. Haalenberg is the only point over the 120 km of that empty road where hills are so close from the road. But, there is greater need for these projects at present than ever before. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, https://www.google.co.za/search?q=kempton+park+hospital&tbm=isch. (e.g. During the night, I get visited by something. The list is primarily intended to document South African Railways (Government) or private lines of historical significance. Point - Durban 1936 original 1860 route (oldest line in South Africa) Stanger - Kearsney 1941 Narrow Gauge. The 150 families meant to benefit live in squalor without basic services next to a railway line. Thus, if I want to see the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa, I will have to add a 4-day loop just before crossing to South Africa. CARS left abandoned for years are gathering dust at airports and Gautrain parking bays, racking up millions of rand in unpaid tickets. Three years ago, Berlin’s vital urban railway, the S-Bahn, had to shut down major parts of its routes. And then, it’s jackpot! It has a dilapidated building, two dead trees, and rusty elevated water tanks. The electric poles and telephone lines have been replaced and upgraded, some trees have died, and color photographs have appeared. The abandoned park is situated in the Macassar Dunes Conservation Area. While having camp-stove dinner with Israeli tourists, unsure if they should introduce themselves as Italians because of the mediatized ongoing Gaza conflict, I finalize another last minute route plan change. Abandoned deep underground, never completed or left to be consumed by wildlife, these stations were once part of the UK capital's sprawling transport … Kempton Park Hospital is what I'm thinking of. This is possible thanks a stretch of abandoned railway, the old Selati railway bridge that used to bring tourists at Skukuza Camp back in the ‘20s. But … Narrow Gauge. This is a list of disused, abandoned, closed or dismantled railway lines in South Africa since 1910.. Alas, they're a popular haunt for today's ghost hunters. Whitstable Harbour is the name of the three disused railway stations that used to serve as the terminus for the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway. List of abandoned railway lines in South Africa. It is likely, too, that some of the feral horses originated from the Schutztruppe mounts, as well as from the those belonging to a South African Expeditionary Force that took control of the Lüderitz- Keetmanshoop line during the First World War. From the mysterious ghost stations burrowed underneath Paris to a station in China allegedly built for military purposes, here are 18 photos of abandoned train stations and the history behind them. The forgotten and abandoned railway stations you can visit in Hertfordshire. Since the German South West Namibia was not defeated yet by South Africa, it is written in German. Luckily I still have a bit of a tailwind, and I am confident I will reach Aus before night. ages ago (permalink) It is a world class heavy haul freight rail company that specialises in the transportation of freight. I find a bullet in one of them, but no one can tell me if it’s a German bullet from WW1, earlier, or an amateur hunter from the XXIst century. Abandoned Mokrinsky Railway Bridge in Chuvashia. The station was never particularly busy and it closed in 1939. I reach Witputz (also spelled Witputs), and spot two windmills, but nothing else. : Okiep railway) (And once again, cycling wins). Lost Sydney: Disused Stations The stations listed here are disused or demolishd railway stations on lines that are still in use. If there is a windmill, there is also probably a concrete tank nearby, or even a farm, where I could sleep. Nothing has really changed in 100 years. Here are 5 really cool lost […] Looking at my GPS, it seems that the slope is in average 1% downhill. More information on the contractor’s website http://www.tubulartrack.co.za (disclaimer: I have no association with that company). The railway, not re-opened yet but planned for completion by the end of the year (spoiler: a train reappeared in Lüderitz in November 2014), is also in need of regular maintenance in these conditions. (e.g. ... As a result of the 1992-1993 armed conflict, traffic on the Sukhumi railway station was completely stopped. There's an abandoned hospital around edenvale somewhere. Norham Station in Northumberland comes complete with its original signal box, waiting room and platform and could sell for £420,000. This particular blog brings together two things I take great interest in, exploring and railways! My next train stop is the Garub station. I don’t think there is much wildlife around, but one never knows. An unusual opportunity to buy a former railway station is now available in south east Cornwall. It’s Steve, the mechanic/station manager of Aus, who I probably will see tomorrow, and who traveled to Lüderitz to drop a broken car. Image of countryside, cape, blue - 158793191 And now, just 50 km away from Rosh Pinah, I will get there early and hopefully visit the Zinc mine underground. Photo about Wolwefontein, South Africa - September 09, 2019: Disused Railway tracks in the small village of Wolwefontein in the Eastern Cape. The strongest horses could have reached the shore and found their way to the Garub plains. It was a hundred years ago. Quite often in Namibia, the morning brings a surprise: after I wake up and walk around my tent, the wind slowly builds up while I eat and pack my gear. And it’s better for my traveling eyes to meet abandoned German horses. Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Skeleton Coast National Park, Namibia. Their regular paths are clearly visible in the sand. 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