Trains of South Africa

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In July and August of 2012 I spent two weeks in South Africa with a Christian Men's Chorus. As one of the official photographers for the trip I was able to take over 4000 photos. Some of them were, naturally, of South African trains. I will share them here over the next few weeks or months as I get them processed.

The following four shots were taken in Cape Town of some of their commuter rail.

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Bill Anderson

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Great shots. The railroads of South Africa have long fascinated me after someone back in the 70's gave me a book on international railroading. The book included a chapter on South Africa with photos of steam engines used up into the 1960's.

Much of South Africa is desert and looks like the southwestern US. The nation is in the southern hemisphere, so your photos from July and August of 2012 were taken during their winter. That is why the countryside is so green. Do you have more photos taken in mountainous areas, like the last three? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.