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Outeniqua Preserved Railway, George, Garden Route, Western Cape.

The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is a steam train that operates on the Outeniqualand Preserved Railway between George and Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. During season, the train usually operates as a passenger train but during off-peak periods freight is also carried. You are invited to spend a little time reliving the past when the pace was slower and when travelling was half the fun in getting there. The locomotives most often used are Class 24 (built in 1948) and Class 19D (placed in service between 1937 and 1948). However, other historic locomotives dating from as early as 1896 can also be seen from time to time, especially during the annual steam festival in September. They include class 7A, 7B, GB, 14CRG, GMA and 19C. Class 32 diesel locomotives are also used to haul heavier freight trains.  Carriages date from 1903 to 1950 and are all of the wooden side-door type introduced into suburban railway systems in earlier years. Light refreshments are available on the train, and souvenirs and memorabilia may be purchased at Knysna Station.

Knysna is on the N2 east of George, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N12. AGOutqua

George Station:    Station Street George
+27 (44) 801 8288 telephone
+27 (44) 801 8286 fax
Knysna Station:    Remembrance Avenue Knysna
+27 (44) 382 1361 telephone
+27 (44) 382 3465 fax

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