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Paton Country Rail and Aloe Festival

One of the special events on the KZN tourist calendar has to be the Creighton Aloe festival, and steam train trip, usually in July which coincides with the unequaled display of Aloes.It has everything for the boys, (steam train) , and families, and also the local fair for those perhaps wanting to buy something different. The train goes from Creighton, via the Ngogwana River to the deserted village of Riverside. What a treat to be on a steam train and see the amazing landscape of aloes.

Aloes alongside the Paton Country Rail (7)..

Creighton’s Aloes alongside the railway line

GMAM Garrat 4074 4-8-2+2-8-4 1953 (1)

Paton Rail’s enthusiastic driver

GMAM Garrat 4074 4-8-2+2-8-4 1953 (19).

The 19 D class GMAM Garratt

GMAM Garratt 4074 built 1953 steaming past aloes in Creighton (5)

Full Steam through the Aloe fields

Paton Country Rail carriage interiors (5)

Paton’s Country Rail passenger carriage

Riverside siding

Riverside siding – another use for the sign – boys will be boys

 

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