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Old 11th May 2019, 19:51
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The first trip I did in Africa was from Cape Town to Bulawayo which took three days. They were when the carriages had small balconies at each end so you could stand outside and catch the breeze. Third class, i.e. Africans, went in the front carriages so they got all the smoke and cinders as it steamed along.

The steward would come along with his dingadong thingy to summon us to meals followed by a busy bar.

In East Africa between Nairobi and Mombasa the train was bombarded with rocks as it went through a cutting but the windows seemed to survive.

For our Ruby wedding we flew out to SA and went on the Blue Train. Having seen all the films of the Orient Express plus the mind boggling cost of the railway journey I expected it to be five star all the way. To this end we dolled up in black tie and gown for dinner.

All the rest were in shorts and flip flops.
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