Narrow Gauge Railway
Tel: (039) 8342963
P.O. BOX 87
21 Company – association not for gain
The Patons Express Project
aims to transform an existing non-utilised asset into a dynamic income
generating segment of an overall tourism initiative that will directly involve
and contribute to the upliftment the poor and
previously disadvantaged rural community.
focussed steam or diesel hauled train service will convey both foreign and
South African tourists Initialy from Allwoodburn at Ixopo village to Carisbrooke
, Ncalu and return. At the three halts
provision will be made for the community members to establish tourism
orientated micro-business ventures.
intended that the small business initiatives will provide a further link
between Patons Express and the local communities
through the provision of tours by mini-bus to places of interest incorporating
marketing of the Paton Express Project will be channelled through well-established
and dynamic organisations such as the National Department of Tourism,
KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, Two Rivers Tourism Association - the Ixopo Tourism
Association and commercial tour operators.
The Patons Express segment of the overall tourism initiative will be managed and operated by the Patons Country Narrow Gauge Railway – PCNGR , a section 21 company, in close co-operation with the Local municipalities, Transnet Freight Rail and relevant bodiesh