Tootsie Tourist Train, South Africa

MARCH 2004 – The historic steam locomotive of the Tootsie tourist train that connects Mossel Bay and Knysna in South Africa. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

During our first trip to South Africa in 2004 we explored the so-called Garden Route, that’s the stretch between Cape Town in the west and Port Elizabeth in the East. On our way back from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town we took our time to stay at small towns at the coast, like Wilderness.

Wilderness is a busy town that offers all amenities you’d expect. But its key feature is the fact that during whale season you are likely to see whales and dolphins right from the beach. In fact, we spotted several groups of dolphins from the patio of our B&B – the Shining Waters Guesthouse – which was situated right above the beach.

On the next morning we drove into town and were greeted by the Tootsie train, a steam train that connects Mossel Bay and Knysna. It was pulled by a historic locomotive, a Class 19D carrying the serial number 2640. The train line has been out of service for a while now, but there seems to be a project to put it back to life again. Here’s the full story.

The high resolution image

Capture Date16-MAR-2004
LocationWilderness, South Africa
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6504 x 4062 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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