Keeping the Choo-Tjoe Steam Train Dream Alive

Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train Knysna - photo Wayne Holthausen2

Fraser and Sandy Howell sent me the following Youtube link, undoubtedly trying to keep Knysna’s own dreams of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe alive. This video was shot at the Steam Festival on Sandstone Estates which borders Lesotho near Ficksburg in the Eastern Cape. The tanks were an interesting, South African addition:) Our steam train stopped running it’s route between Knysna and George after damage to the line from massive storms in 2006. Visit the Choo-Tjoe’s photo gallery. … Read the full article…

The Save the Choo-Tjoe Trolley

Save the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train1a

I bumped into Fraser Howell, head of the Friends of the Choo-Tjoe, and got to satisfy my curiosity about the marvellous train trolley in the parking lot at the Knysna Waterfront. We had a long chat wherein i, admittedly, played devil’s advocate on the virtues and non-virtues of saving the Choo-Tjoe. I admired Fraser’s passion and consequently asked him to send me a blog. He was kind enough to do so: We loaded the trolley in the Knysna Industrial Area at 13h50 on Thursday 09 August 2012. Offloading was complete … Read the full article…

Dreaming of the Choo-Tjoe

Steam Train - Outeniqua Choo Ttjoe

Steam billows into the air and the train hoots as it runs ponderously along the bridge, over the magical waters towards the beckoning forests. Harry Potter hangs his head out the window, wind rushing into his smiling face, inflating his cheeks and tickling his tongue. “This is what joy tastes like,” he thinks. “Knysna, here i come!” That could’ve been me but sadly i planted my heart in Knysna after the floods of 2006 which damaged the tracks in Kaaiman’s Pass and began the death of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. The … Read the full article…