Great piece on history. Natal railways.

Graham Leslie McCallum

As most Durbanites will know – the very first steam locomotive and train in South Africa steamed 155 years ago along a track between the Market Square, Durban and the Point on the 26th of June 1860. As the track lengthened to new horizons and branched-off to new locations, so new railway stations were built to service the traders and passengers who used the train for transport. Although many of us buzz along the highways in motor cars these days, let us not forget the contribution the railways made to establishing Durban, its many suburbs, as well as Natal and Zululand.

(below) The locomotive ‘Natal’ at the time of her restoration.

The 'Natal' steam locomotive at the time of her restoration

Advert noting the opening of the Natal Railway, 1860

(below) A painting recording the officious opening ceremony for the first railway in Southern Africa. In true British-style, the local Dignitaries, including his Excellency the Acting Lieutenant-Governor Major Williamson, Bishop Colenso and the Natal Railway Company Directors importantly took…

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My first blog

Life on the world wide web needs reflective thought and consideration, working with other people online, one does need to be honest.

Well done on your first blog Reon.

first blog

Everyone seems to be blogging nowadays. It is the thing to do if you have something to say or often, even when you have nothing to say but would prefer to say it in 500 words or more. I’m not sure where I would fit into this spectrum, but it is time for me to jump on this bandwagon. Thus, I welcome you to my very first blog on this site. I have dabbled a bit with blogging on the blockchain (more about that later) and have been a guest blogger here and there.

Blogging is a wordier version of social media than what most of us generally consume or practice. Yet social media it is and if you are reading this, you are at the very least a consumer of social media. I find it ironic how many people preach about the evils of social media on social media.

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Bird Photography – South Coast – KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Down by the river bird photography on the Amanzimtoti and Illovo Rivers in KwaZulu-Natal. Visiting these two rivers regularly some photography shares from the past 3 years.

All photography is my own (please ask permission before you use any of my photography) Photography taken with either Canon PowerShot A530 or Canon EOS 500D

Keeping with A – Z Down by the River Photography

African darter sitting out in the early morning sun waiting to dive in for breakfast.

african darter

African fisheagle more reddish in colouring than the previous ones I have seen.

african fish-eagle

Black kite I may have this one wrong, we do have many Yellow-billed kites but this one appeared different in colouring. Photo was not great either.

black kite

Black-headed heron along the river, scouring the grassy area for something to eat.

black-headed heron

Blacksmith lapwing Fiercely protective of their territory, will dive bomb you and perform when you go near.

blacksmith lapwing

Brown-hooded kingfisher All along the river walks these pretty birds are seen going about their day.

brown-hooded kingfisher

brown-hooded kingfisher

Egyptian goose Family enjoying the freedom of the waters.

egyptian goose

Fork-tailed drongo Jet black against a gray sky looking out for grass hoppers or anything moving in the grass.

fork-tailed drongo

Goliath heron we have a couple on both rivers that we have seen from time to time.

goliath heron

Green-woodhoopoe very noisy, very fast flying from tree to tree. I chased after them camera in hand and managed to get a shot of their awesome beaks.



Hadedah ibis no photography will arrive down here and not get a photo of this morning, afternoon, evening alarm clock. A noisy guy is he and gets everyone up in the neighbourhood bright and early!

hadedah ibis

Little egret brilliant white against the background.

little egret

Woolley-necked storks have become a common sight on the rivers, their numbers have grown significantly over the past few years.

woolley-necked stork

Yellow-billed duck very seasonal visitor arriving to have their young at the beginning of our spring.

yellow-billed duck

Mud party time with African spoonbill and Sacred ibis sloshing around together.

african spoonbill and sacred ibis

Join me in future adventures some of birds, flowers and animals in South Africa.

Though the sky belongs to the bird it can’t fly when it’s raining. – African Proverb

First Published in Steemit: Joan Stewart