KLIPPLAAT

Klipplaat is on the famous "garden route" line and was the junction between the lines going to Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay and Rosmead. It was a small railway town that has seen a sad decline since the railways deserted the town. In better days, it had a number of semaphore signals, worked by a 36 lever frame. However, the signalling was of the "detector locked" variety, where points were still worked by hand tumblers. The signalling was removed in 1992. Here is Class 19D 2714 and Class 12R 1505 passing route signals during the Cape Venturer tour in 1986. Picture is by Richard Niven.


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