Photographer's Note

The Banana Express from Port Shepstone to Paddock only runs on Saturdays, and then not every Saturday; therefore it is hardly surprising that where the train crosses the road it finds that the tracks have been covered with dust and the tracks have to be dug out before the train can proceed,as is happening here. Along the route (mostly the second half) and in great excitement children wait for sweets to be thrown to them. The engine should be a steam one but I think they have difficulty obtaining spare parts so this photo shows a diesel engine which is much bigger than the carriages.
The 'Banana Express' is one of the last remaining 2ft narrow-gauge railways in South Africa. This historic railway runs from Port Shepstone, on the famous 'Hibiscus Coast' of KwaZulu-Natal. The journey runs along the stunning coastline and then meanders inland through natural vegetation, farmland, and beautiful rural scenery dotted with traditional Zulu homes.
The journey to Paddock, with its historic Edwardian station and museum is 39 Km away and takes about 2 hours. Upon arrival at Paddock we had an excellent traditional 'braai' with plenty of superb South African wines - what a marvellous way to end a rail journey!
Photo taken from the train and scanned from an APS print, brightened and colour enhanced slightly.

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