Took the steam train to Elgin today. I’m still on it. It’s all romantic and everything, but they have to attach a couple of diesel electric engines to it to get it up the hill at Sir Lowry’s Pass.
Sadly, this being South Africa, one of those diesels broke down, meaning that the train was pulling deadweight, the wheels were spinning, sparking, and causing fires under the carriages.
Thankfully, because we were going so painfully slowly, staff were able to get all alongside, putting out the fires as they occurred.
We’ve dumped a few carriages now, and we’re back underway.
Hopefully, we haven’t started any wildfires along the way…