La­ment­ing end of era

Talk of the Town - - Serendipity -

SADLY, times passes, and the era of rail di­min­ishes as mod­ern tech­nol­ogy takes over.

The Cape Govern­ment passed a bill early in 1882, which au­tho­rised the con­struc­tion of the Gra­ham­stown-Port Al­fred line, us­ing the Cape gauge of 3ft.6in.

The govern­ment agreed to sub­sidise the builders of the line with five hun­dred thou­sand pounds. The pri­vate en­ter­prise, which started off with a cap­i­tal of two hun­dred thou­sand pounds, was named the Kowie Rail­way Com­pany Lim­ited.

The first man­ager of the Kowie Rail­way Co was Henry Putt, a res­i­dent of Gra­ham­stown. Later he be­came a direc­tor of the en­ter­prise, which was liq­ui­dated in 1912.

In Fe­bru­ary 1913, the line was taken over by the govern­ment through the South African Rail­ways, un­til clo­sure.

Pic­ture: SAR&H

GRAND OLD EN­GINE: The Port Al­fred Hun­slet, which once op­er­ated on the Gra­ham­stown-Port Al­fred line

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