The Cape to Cairo Railway was
a dream project to cross Africa from south to north by rail.
the words of Cecil John Rhodes
” the railway will form the main
trunk line connecting the markets of the Cape Colony with the British South
Africa Company’s territory and, ultimately, on joining with the Beira Railway
Company’s line to Salisbury, will afford through means of transport from Cape
Town to Beira.”
The wooden sleepers has made way for concrete sleepers.
Details of the switch (wissel in Afrikaans). A switch, turnout or points is a mechanical installation enabling trains to be guided from one track to another. It could be at a railway junction or where a siding branches off.
The distance meter to Warrenton in the Northern Cape 179.5 km to go to the next junction. You will notice that there is more of these distance meters standing in a row. The next one reads 179.6 and these are 100m apart. After the 10th marker it change to 180. It reminds of of the road makers. One can say different ways of transport but sharing the same information.
Dates stamped on the bar of inspections carried out
Trains are part of our daily lives. Our cottage is only 15 meters from the railway line.
Till next time
If you love to do trainspotting. Gives us a call on 0822642763 and book the Station Master House. It is fully self catering.
A windpump is a type of windmill which is used for pumping water
By the time you’ve bought and erected it, a new wind pump there will be a big dent in your pocket.
How does a windmill pump work?
A water pumping windmill is simple and efficient. The blades of the windmill wheel catch the wind, which turns the rotor. … This motion drives a pump rod, up and down inside of a pipe in the well. A cylinder with a sealed plunger going up and down inside forces the water up the pipe. It is almost impossible to steal. It is a simple, reliable machine. But this is why it’s also the most neglected piece of farm machinery.
What is the purpose of a windmill on a farm?
Windmills can be used to lift water from the aquifer to directly irrigate crops or to pipe water from one location, such as a reservoir or pond, to a location where water is required. This is direct wind-to-water power, a mechanical means of moving water.
It normally runs for years without any trouble – even without an oil change. But when it does break down, you could be in serious trouble. Spare parts are expensive and are not always readily available. You also usually need an experienced wind pump mechanic to fix it. Clean the sump and change the oil. Also, tighten every single nut and bolt. Also, make sure the hood is screwed on tightly to keep out the rain. The job shouldn’t take you more than two hours for each pump, but it will save you a fortune.
But sometimes a very strong wind comes along and the head of the windpump is thrown off.
September is the month in which the sheep are getting rid of their extra warm winter coats.
What is Shearing?
When the wool is cut off of a sheep is called shearing. Shearing doesn’t usually hurt a sheep. It’s just like getting a hair cut. However, shearing requires skill so that the sheep is shorn efficiently and quickly without causing cuts or injury to the sheep or shearer.
Sheep shearing is a practice for the health and hygiene of each animal. Unlike other animals, most sheep are unable to shed. If a sheep goes too long without being shorn, some problems occur. The excess wool impedes the ability of sheep to regulate their body temperature and if sheep are not shorn in the early spring flies hatch in the long winter coats.
Wool continues to grow if not shorn, making the sheep uncomfortable. The heavy wool begins to pull on the skin and can lead to skin sores. Those sores can attract flies, leading to possible flystrike.
Unshorn sheep become itchy in the heat and begin rubbing on hay racks, fences and each other. This can lead to the fleece to felt on the sheep’s body.
The dirty unshorn wool invites flies. Shearing the wool before the flies
hatch, gets rid of the dirty soiled fleece. Any cuts or abrasions that
occur during shearing will heal quickly before the fly season
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Where to stay when visiting our area
Kameel Rust and Vrede 076054808035 There is different options of accommodation available. You can stay in the Bed and Breakfast, stay in a camper van or a cabin with self-catering facilities or you can camp.