Assegaaibos, 88 kilometres past Loerie and 164 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, was an important centre on the Avontuur line and many of its facilities remain intact including the loco shed, coaling stage and watering facilities. Following flood damage it is the current most westerly point to which traffic can run, although it is anticipated that the line will soon be repaired as far as Louterwater, another 69 kilometres.
The hotel where we staying operates an AEC double-decker bus for local transport so the opportunity for a runpast was too good to miss.
The time was taken to get some photographs in the 51 kilometre section between Assegaaibos and Humansdorp. There is a wide variety of countryside on this wonderful line even though cloudy conditions hampered the photographers.
On arrival at Humansdorp we discovered that an empty timber train had arrived, hauled from Port Elizabeth by one of the line’s General Electric fleet.