Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Outeniqua Transport Museum, George: Trains part 1

This is my first post of 2022 and I wish you all a very happy new year. Thursday Doors has a new banner for 2022, created by the amazing Teagan Riordain Geneviene. All the entries were excellent so well done to all the contributors.

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). You can join in here: https://nofacilities.com/2022/01/06/we-have-a-winner/

I have had rather a splendid ten day road trip holiday, and today I am sharing the first of my photographs from that trip. Dan Antion, the host of Thursday Doors, is a trains fan [just like me], I am kicking off with pictures from the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George, Western Cape. I like in George for two years when I was 10 and 11 years old and I have very fond memories of this town.

The Outeniqua Mountains, named after the Outeniqua Khoikhoi (previously Hottentots) who lived there, is a mountain range that runs a parallel to the southern coast of South Africa, and forms a continuous range with the Langeberg to the west and the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the east. [from Wikipedia]

Outeniqua means ‘they who bear honey’.

Fist train to come into use in the Transvaal – built in 1889

72 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: Outeniqua Transport Museum, George: Trains part 1

      1. I’ve only ever been to Johannesburg. My parents visited friends out in PE and Cape Town a few times and travelled around (although didn’t do any train travel). You certainly live in a very beautiful part of the world.

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  1. Great post! We have a train museum nearby in Sacramento, too–it was a terminus on the Transcontinental Railroad, which had a huge impact on American history in the late 19th century. Cars might have more flexibility, but nothing is quite as impressive as a train, Love the pics! : )

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  2. Robbie – this is a brilliant post to introduce 2022. So many stories held in those amazing locomotives. Teagan’s banner is brilliant!!! I am looking forward to joining Thursday doors and am looking through my photos. Hopefully I’ll be ready by next Thursday. Sending many thanks and hugs for creating a wonderful post that inspires me to join you on Thursday Doors.

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    1. HI Rebecca, I am looking forward to your Thursday Doors posts. I now specifically look for interesting doors during my travels. I enjoy being part of this posting group. Teagan is a creative giant. I meant to tell you that I have written my story about the tarentella dance. Thank you for the inspiration.

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      1. I can understand that. The mountains in the Western Cape are different from those in the Eastern Cape and also the Magaliesburg near Joburg. Greg tells me South Africa isn’t nearly as biologically diverse as the USA. It really is quite nice travelling with a walking, talking encyclopedia.

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      2. The first time I visited my daughter out west, I couldn’t get over how different the mountains of California were from those of New England. Even the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire have some significant differences from where the glacier went through Vermont during the Ice Age and missed New Hampshire. (I still remember that tidbit from elementary school!)

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  3. What wonderful pictures of trains and their doors. I have been following your holiday and it looks marvellous. A great break for you and your family. I made a friend from George once. He said it was a great place.

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  4. I love the new banner, Robbie. Teagan is so creative. I’m glad you had a lovely and enjoyable 10-day trip over the holidays. The Outeniqua Mountains are lovely. You had a wonderful treat visiting the train museum to learn and view these amazing locomotives. They’re impressive. Your photography is gorgeous! This is a wonderful post to start your Thursday Door and the new year.

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  5. You know how much I love trains, Robbie, so you know I absolutely love this post. Thanks you so much for sharing these doors with us. Boiler doors, furnace doors, coal storage doors – I love ’em.

    I’m glad you had a nice vacation. I look forward to the other photos and stories you will share.

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    1. Hi Pete, I have a few more trains to share. We saw the White Train that was built for the Visit of the Royal Family in 1947. I needed a break because everything had become a bit dull and monotonous. I have a bunch of new ideas for posts for this year.

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      1. I think the key to any long-term commitment (such as blogging or writing) is one has to keep it fresh. I understand your feelings completely.

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