Rovos Rail passenger train affected by derailment outside Otjiwarongo
28 May 2018 17:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 28 MAY (NAMPA) The Rovos Rail passenger train was on Monday forced to stop outside Otjiwarongo on a section of the railway line damaged when a train derailed there Saturday.
A senior manager of the Rovos Rail train, who preferred anonymity, told Nampa they stopped about 16 kilometres outside the town.
We usually stop at Otjiwarongo from where tourists are taken to the Etosha National Park by bus, but today we parked here because of the derailment, she said.
The nearly 50 Australian tourists on board were picked up from where the train stood.
TransNamib employees started clearing the scene around lunchtime on Monday.
It is not clear what caused the derailment, but eight fuel tankers were damaged in the incident.
The train driver and his assistant were the only occupants and escaped unhurt.
When contacted for comment, TransNamibs Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Ailly Hangula-Paulino could not say how long it would take workers to remove the wrecked tankers, clear the area and repair the damaged tracks.
She said she was aware of the Rovos Rail passenger train being in Namibia.
The luxury train will return to Windhoek on Tuesday before heading back to South Africa on Thursday.