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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The Hopefield Railway


The first passenger train arriving at Hopefield station on the 28th February 1903.

I found this in a book I have just purchased 'Early Railways at the Cape' by Jose Burman. It shows the 2-6-0 Baldwin,number 02 with a fine rake of coaches. What is interesting is the book makes referance to the extension to Saldanda Bay (Hoetjies Bay) not being in place at the time of the Union 1910.The author lists in the bibliography a book called 'Little Railways of the Cape Colony' something to look out for. He also makes mention there being 3 passanger trains per week in each direction with the train at the Hopefield end leaving at 2am in the morning so that the West Coast traveller could be in Cape Town by 8am remember this involved a change at Kalasbas Kraal.