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           The Banana Express                   Tourism Project                The Eshayamoya Express and the GF project

                   Funders of the Project                                   Geoff Cooke Tour                    The Paton Express Brochure pg1   pg2

                   Location            Route Followed by the Paton Express        Project Beneficiaries                 The Aloe Festival  Bookings 2015 S

Registration no. 98 19004/08  

The Patons Express Project aims to transform an existing non-utilised asset into a dynamic income generating segment of an overall tourism initiative that will directly involve and contribute to the upliftment the poor and previously disadvantaged rural community.

A tourist focussed steam or diesel hauled train service will convey both foreign and South African tourists from Allwoodburn at Ixopo village to Carisbrooke , Ncalu and return. At the three halts provision will be made for the community members to establish tourism orientated micro-business ventures.

It is intended that the small business initiatives will provide a further link between Patons Express and the local communities through the provision of tours by mini-bus to places of interest incorporating overnight stops.

The marketing of the Paton Express Project will be channeled through well-established and dynamic organisations such as the National Department of Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, Two Rivers Tourism Association - the Ixopo Tourism Association and commercial tour operators.  

The Patons Express segment of the overall tourism initiative will be managed and operated by the Patons Country Narrow Gauge Railway – PCNGR , a section 21 company, in close co-operation with the Two Rivers Tourism Association, the TLC, and local communities.

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Paton’s Country

Narrow gauge Railway
Tel: (039) 8342963
Ixopo, 3276
P.O. BOX 87

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