Blue Train bump disrupts journey

2011-12-01 10:14

Cape Town - Passengers on the luxurious Blue Train were taken to Cape Town by bus on Wednesday night after the locomotive crashed into wagons at Matjiesfontein station.

Transnet rail spokesperson Mike Asefovitz told Die Burger newspaper that the train had an unscheduled stop at Matjiesfontein due to problems with the overhead cables at Hex River.

By Wednesday morning the overhead cables - apparently stolen - had not been replaced and the group of passengers at Cape Town station had to take a bus to Matjiesfontein to catch the train.

Meanwhile, a locomotive was sent to pull the train to Pretoria.

The driver was hooking the locomotive when he allegedly moved too fast and collided with the first car. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the train was damaged.

A group of frustrated passengers sat at the Lord Milner Hotel and ordered "something cold".

Two buses transported the passengers back to Cape Town.

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  • Hetha - 2011-12-01 10:29

    It is disgusting that our lucrative tourism industry is being affected by cable thefts and yet the police still do not crack down on metal merchants - the police just overspend on their budgets by throwing parties for their members!

  • Barry - 2011-12-01 10:34

    TIA - This is Africa !!!

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-01 10:37

    Sad to see how a once well run country is going down the toilet !!

      Christopher Hart - 2011-12-01 10:50

      What do you mean 'going down the toilet', we are already passed the toilet and the plumbing. Right now we are in the septic tank swimming around in the s***.

  • Vivian - 2011-12-01 10:39

    HA ha they ordered "something cold" as I would have done

      Andrew - 2011-12-01 16:20

      Must have been doubles !!

  • Bokfan - 2011-12-01 11:02

    Its not theft its sabotage. Saboteurs are terrorists Terrorists deserve the death penalty. Bring back the rope.

  • Fredster69 - 2011-12-01 11:05

    Mooi man!!!

  • Spha - 2011-12-01 11:55

    @ Piet, who do you refer by "they"? if u mean black we won't feel offended nor hurt we are used to your stupid comment here it doesnt mean anything now except that you are getting more and more stupid you racist boar!!

      Rijger - 2011-12-01 12:03

      You mean boars are also racist? Stupid bloody pigs!

      Walter - 2011-12-01 12:56

      Everything on this forum eventually becomes racist, it is pathetic. Remember the issue? These tourists have paid lots of money for their ride on the Blue Train, it is very unfortunate that what happened happened (I would have asked for a full refund!) but I am sure does not leave them (the tourists) with a 'warm and happy feeling'. Good friends of mine no longer spend their vacation in RSA as they feel uncomfortable with security guards with guns protecting them while playing golf, they now go to Florida (USA, not the one on the West Rand...) instead. And tourism figures are down dramatically this year, not a good thing for the economy!

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