Banana Express

Unfortunately, the Banana Express is no longer operational, but it was a large part of tourism on the South Coast for many years. Thousands of holiday makers have had the pleasure of this beautiful narrow gauge steam train over the years, making the Banana Express an icon of the South Coast.

banana express steam trainIn the past the Banana Express departed from the train station in Port Shepstone at 10am and headed southward. Before reaching Shelley Beach the narrow gauge tracks traverse several river bridges along the Hibiscus Coast. The train then veered inland and chugged up through banana plantations and cane fields towards Izotsha. Then passed through lush sub-tropical indigenous forests and rondavel-dotted hillsides before stopping over in Paddock for lunch.

The story behind why the Banana Express is no more is both complex and beyond the scope of this article. The Banana Express had its final run in December 2005. Since then the train itself has been removed from the train yard altogether.

After the big storm and flash flooding of the South Coast on Wednesday 18 June 2008, some of the bridges have been damaged beyond repair. See photo below of the Izotsha rail bridge which was all but washed away in June 2008.

Please have a look at the many other attractions the South Coast has to offer or some of the Adventure attractions on the South Coast.

Last Updated (Sunday, 13 July 2008 12:57)

 
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