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Railway Bridge over the Kaaimans River
Wilderness, Western Cape

SOUTH AFRICAN RAILWAYS AND HARBOURS: Engineer
NK PRETTEJOHN: Supervising Engineer
RA GLENDAY: Engineer on site
MD VALLERO: Contractor

Date:1924
Type:Railway Bridge
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
33°59'51.48" S 22°33'26.33" E Alt: 7m

The railway between George and Knysna was first proposed 1922 and the construction of the line started two years later. The works commenced from both ends of the line at the same time and was finally opened in 1928.

The Bridge, which crosses the mouth of the Kaaimans River, soon became a tourist attraction in it own right. It is 210 m long and 36 m high.

Tragically this railway was badly damaged in heavy floods in 2006, forcing its closure. In 2016 it was reported that works would begin on its repair. The first phase being the section just outside Knysna (further away from the bridge). It is hoped that the line to George will be reopened in 2020 but sadly this looks increasingly unlikely.

(Gerald Humphrey, December 2017)

See also History of the Line and Current Status by Friends of the Choo-Tjoe.

In 2019 the South African Institute of Civil Engineering erected a commemorative plaque.

Transcription plaque:

SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
NATIONAL HISTORIC CIVIL ENGINEERING LANDMARK
2019
KAAIMANSRIVER RAILWAY BRIDGE
CONSTRUCTED 1925-1928
The bridge was designed by the South African Railways and Harbours.
The resident engineer on the George - Knysna line was NK Prettejohn
his assistant engineer on the bridge was RA Glenday
and the contractor was MD Vallero.
The bridge is founded on caissons on bedrock. Challenges were adverse geological
conditions, extreme flooding and aggressive wave action.

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These notes were last edited on 2020 03 08