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The Famous Umgeni Steam Train & Valley of 1000 Hills

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Simply earlier than departure, the whistle begins….

You’re climbing up a small ladder into the coaches, guided by the volunteers you’re proven the place to take a seat.

You are taking your seat, ready for all others to board and also you soak up your surrounds.

The picket panels,

the previous mechanisms to open home windows,

the flooring stained by years of toes falling,

the trace of coal smoke within the air,

after which it begins.

You’ll be able to really feel the joy increase because the practice begins rolling, constructing its tempo.

You look out the window and see autos stopped alongside the street, folks waving at you and you are feeling nearly shy however you can’t assist however really feel immense pleasure as you wave again and get wrapped up within the expertise.

You chug alongside considering you don’t need this to finish.

The journey itself is simply the correct amount of time earlier than you cease at Inchanga. We had two little ones with us, the bean and my little niece RM (a threenager) and for these touring with youngsters… you recognize… irrespective of how thrilling the expertise, if it’s too lengthy, you’re not going to be having fun with the expertise for for much longer. On path to Inchanga Station, you undergo the tunnel at Drummond which was in-built 1878 and is professed to be the oldest tunnel nonetheless in use in South Africa at present.

* THE OLDEST TUNNEL *

We had been taking photographs and movies and sadly missed an opportunity to seize the tunnel on movie this time however, we have been now ready and knew that we needed to cross again by means of the Drummond tunnel on our approach again. Hold them peeled for our YouTube channel.

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