“Train” trip up Hex River Railway Pass – Part 1

This is an HD video of a trip I took up the Hex River Pass, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, on December 20, 2010. The pass was in mainline use for ~120 years until it closed in 1989, replaced by a series of tunnels (one of them 8.4 miles long). Although the electrification was removed, the line itself was saved by local opposition, and a "light rail" train runs up the pass. It starts near De Doorns, about 2 hours from Cape Town. I strongly recommend the trip to anyone in or visiting South Africa - train fan or otherwise (and if you are a train fan, you're in heaven). The line is steeped in history, the scenery is fantastic and the operators are good guys. Here's a link for more details: http://www.worcester.org.za/asp/editorial/travel/HexpasExpress.html. .........ALSO SEE PARTS 2 AND 3.......