Throughout its history, the town of Klipplaat in the Eastern Province of South Africa was always a remote and distant destination, hundreds of kilometres from any of the major cities and towns in the country. For the greatest part of the 20th century however it enjoyed some acclaim and a degree of prosperity as a major railroad junction, where the main east-west railway routes joined with the rail routes from the northern parts of the country. The town was occupied by hundreds of ‘Railways’ families which created and sustained demand for other goods and services. It was a small but vibrant community.
Following the privatisation of the South African Railways and the rationalisation of the railway industry the junction at Klipplaat fell into disuse. The once bustling town went into terminal decline, both in population and economic terms. The current population is uncertain but cannot be more than a couple of hundred people.
The rusting hulk of this old locomotive (SAR Class 15AR, No 1840, for the enthustiasts) parked on a siding in the veld, in many ways symbolises both the history and future of Klipplaat.
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Hanssie (9937) 2012-03-01 7:26
Well, this is heavy metal !
Great with the blue sky behind,
wish I-ve found something lke this....
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-03-01 11:37
Another original capture! great clarity and excellent contrast between the metal of the train and the beautiful blue sky..well done!
Noel_Byrne (8073) 2012-03-05 8:41
I really like the strong colours in this capture, between the rust of the train and the deep blue sky. Lovely composition as well, this is a very attractive photo. TFS!
- Copyright: JP Grobbelaar (Fly) (366)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-18
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 DX VR, Circular Polariser
- Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-01 5:35
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