Ride, the beloved steam train

As Alan Paton memorably said, this is a part of the country lovely beyond any singing of it. And what better way to admire it than from the coaches of a train. Paul Ash reports on a project to alleviate poverty by combining steam trains with a chapter from SA’s literary past

06 December 2020 - 00:00 By paul ash

There is a little railway that climbs from the valley of the Umzimkulu River and weaves its way across rippling cane fields to Carisbrooke, then plunges down through wattle plantations to Ixopo.

In the opening pages of Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton writes of riding the train out of the great valley to Carisbrooke, which was — and still is — no more than a corrugated-iron country station and a level crossing where the road from Ixopo to Madonela crosses the tracks...

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