Sandstone Heritage Trust - Rail News

RN 238 - Sad, very sad. Port Shepstone wagon update

It seems inconceivable that in a relatively go ahead province like Kwa-Zulu Natal, heritage assets of great significance can be allowed to deteriorate to the level depicted in these photographs. The Banana Express was a once proud railway - in fact almost an icon in the world of 2-ft Narrow Gauge worldwide.

It was a popular tourist attraction for visitors to the South Coast and it had a rich and proud history of serving the inland communities in that part of South Africa. Notwithstanding the supposed interest by the local Municipalities, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Government and its related tourist organisation, the private rail clubs in Natal, and the many influential private collectors and enthusiasts, it would appear that nothing of any significance was done to arrest the steady and relentless deterioration of not only the assets but the entire railway and its infrastructure.

Onc can only shake one's head in disbelief.