TAKE A TRIP BACK INTO TIME

It was the power of steam that drove the expansion of the British Empire during the Victorian Era, and the Cape Colony was no exception.

The first steam-train line in the Cape was completed in 1862, and ran from Cape Town to Eerste River. Within a year, the route had been extended to include Stellenbosch and Wellington. The first train to arrive at the new Simon’s Town Station was greeted on 1 December 1890 by the entire town.

Gradually, a network of railway lines spread throughout the province, managed by Cape Government Railways; while in the north, the Netherlands-South African Railway Company facilitated the expansion of the railway network in the-then independent South African Republic.

By the time the four provinces merged to form a nation in 1910, an expansive national railway system had effectively been established.