Sunday, May 3, 2009

Old Railway Museum

Built on Market Street in Uitenhage in the year of the opening of the railway from Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage's Old Railway Museum is reputed to be one of the oldest railway stations in the country. The museum is quite quaint and has two vintage locomotives, a variety of coaches and lots of period furniture and equipment. The whole museum captures the atmosphere of the early days of steam with the building housing a residence, waiting room and tea room in addition to the station office. You can also learn more about the part Jack the baboon played in the early railway days in Uitenhage. The museum is slightly run down due to lack of funds and staff, but is worth a visit by railway enthusiasts.


  1. Wow, I have lived in PE my whole life and worked in Uitenhage for a bit but did not even know this place existed!

  2. Wow - now why didn't I know about this as a kid when my dad worked in Uitenhage? Would have been a fun place for my brother and I to go rather than bothering his receptionist when we visited his office...

  3. This train is going to be cut up by scrappers unless there is a quick concerted effort to stop it.
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