The Stinkwood Railway, Knysna, South Africa

Aug 2018
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Ashton-under-Lyne
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The April 1951 edition of The Railway Magazine carried a short article about a 2ft-gauge logging line in South Africa. The article was entitled, The Stinkwood Line. It drew my attention and I thought that it was worth investigation.

It turns out that the article was not as accurate as it might have been and it also failed to let magazine readers know that by the time of publication the line had been closed for at least 18 months.

The Stinkwood Railway
 
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Nov 2011
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The Dustbin, formerly, Garden of England
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The successor to the Srinkwood line was the Outeniqua Choo-Choo (sometimes written as choo-tjoe, the second word also pronounced "choo"). It was a heritage steam train than ran along part of the awesome "Garden route" between George & Knysna past most of the impressive scenery covered by the Stinkwood line.
After a storm damaged the causeway in 2009 the Government-run rail company, Transnet, strapped for cash after being looted by members of the ruling party, decided to terminate the line, however it is in the process of being revived by a private company, Classic rail.

http://www.sa-transport.co.za/trains/ts-archives/george/amgoodsknysnalagoon.JPG

http://www.orangesmile.com/extreme/img/w600/outeniqua-choo-tjoe-train_1.jpg


Official site for the revived Outeniqua Choo Tjoe
 
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Ashton-under-Lyne
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Hi Ancientgeezer. The two lines are distinct, the length from St. George to Knysna still exists and in under repair. The Stinkwood line travelled on from the centre of Knysna into the forests behind the coast. It has now disappeared apart from from small lengths of formation which can be walked.
 

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