November Banner

I’m a little late putting this up. It’s been a busy week with the CSFF Blog Tour and other assorted real-life business, but since this blog runs on subjective time, it doesn’t really matter, does it?

This month’s banner is a beautiful shot of South Africa’s Outeniqua Choo Tjoe (now I’ll have Chattanooga Choo Choo running through my head all day). It was the last remaining scheduled steam train in South Africa, its service sadly terminated this past August, and it traveled an incredibly scenic route from George, capital of the Western Cape Province, to Knysna on the Indian Ocean. Due to the risk of grassland fires, the line was also serviced by vintage diesel locomotives when conditions were dry.

The banner cropping does a disservice to this picture. You lose some of the Indian Ocean panorama and the rather disturbing signs of wear and tear at the base of those very tall pylons supporting the bridge (perhaps closing the line wasn’t such a bad idea after all). You can find the original image here, and there’s a nice official website with more information about the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe here. Maybe the government of South Africa will see fit to resurrect this bit of regional heritage when times are better.

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