Paton’s Country

Narrow Gauge Railway
Tel: (039) 8342963
Ixopo, 3276
P.O. BOX 87


Section 21 Company – association not for gain Registration no. 98 19004/08 an NPO

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Business Plan

Work in progress


Rolling Stock 

Route Map      

Picture Gallery



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.

A tourist 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. The service will be extended to Madonella and Umzimkulu.

It 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.

The 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


Tourism Project

The Paton Express Brochure pg1   pg2

Steam Festival  

The Banana Express