Transnet needs millions to refurbish the Choo-Tjoe

Plans are underway to resurrect the iconic Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train in the Garden Route, in the Southern Cape. 
 

The train ground to a halt two years ago following flood damage to the Knysna to George line, with the George to Mossel Bay line also halted soon after.
 
Transnet insists that it does not have the estimated R150 million to get the train running again and to repair the damaged lines.
 
“There is a move afoot now to try and raise R200 000 for a proper engineered bill of quantities for the repair of the line,” says Garden Route tourism spokesperson Martin Hatchel.
 
He says that the independent engineers who have had a look at it say that it is probably only a fifth of what Transnet is saying.
 
“It is probably in the region of around R40 million,” added Hatchel.

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