Status update: 19 February, 2018
Classic Rail’s concession application steams ahead
The project to revive one of the Garden Route’s favourite tourist attractions - the much-loved Outeniqua Choo Tjoe steam train - is on track.
“We’re very aware that everyone wants to get the Choo Tjoe steaming again as soon as possible - especially since it’ll have a real and positive influence on the local tourism economy as the Garden Route rebuilds in the wake of last year’s devastating fires,” said Classic Rail Director, Alan McVitty.
“Please bear with us, though. Transnet Freight Rail accepted our revised business plan during January 2018, and they are now attending to the matter as quickly as they can.
“The processes of awarding the 20-year concession requires support and approval from the various levels of Transnet’s governance structure - including the Transnet Freight Rail Board, and the Transnet Group Board - before it goes up to the Minister of Public Enterprises for final approval in terms of the Public Finance Management Act.
“You can be sure that we’ll invite everyone to a huge celebration when we do finally have the concession in hand.
“There are happy times ahead for all of us - so save your money to buy Choo Tjoe tickets very soon!” he said.
TRAIN AND TROLLEY ACTIVITY ON THE LINE
Please note: The George/Knysna line belongs to Transnet Freight Rail, and no train or trolley activities can take place on the line without their approval, as well as that of the Railway Safety Regulator.