South African Two Foot Gauge Railways No. 1: The Avontuur Railway (Mainline & Maritime)

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An illustrated journey along the Avontuur Railway, a 178-mile narrow gauge line that connected Port Elizabeth with Avontuur via the Langkloof valley in South Africa. The line, which opened in 1906, crossed some difficult terrain which necessitated gradients as steep as 1 in 36 and curvature of 5 chains in places.

The Avontuur Railway uses predominantly colour photographs to trace the route of the line and also the branches to Patensie and the Eastern Province Cement Company at New Brighton. The photographs cover the period from 1969 to 2010, and showcase not just the railway but the stunning South African scenery through which it passed.

Although much of the railway is still in place, the last train to run to Aventuur is thought to have been in 2005. The Avontuur Railway provides a lasting record of this remarkable narrow gauge line. 64 pages.

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