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.
tourist focussed steam or diesel hauled train service will convey both foreign
and South African tourists 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.
is 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 overnight stops.
marketing of the Paton Express Project will be channeled 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.
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 Two Rivers
Tourism Association, the TLC, and local communities.
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