PHOTOS Glencairn Train Fire in South Africa

By Rob Tarr

A fire whipped through a train at Glencairn railway station in Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday 7 October, damaging at least four coaches. Local award-winning photographic journalist Rob Tarr was on the scene to capture the photos on this page.

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All photos supplied to SAPeople by Rob Tarr

Rob, who has a home nearby, told SAPeople: “I was alerted to the train fire by the billowing black smoke.” He said it began at around 13h30. There were no reported injuries.

“Apparently four coaches were damaged, including the front motor unit,” said Rob.

glencairn metro train fire


glencairn metro train fire

“Cause is as yet undetermined, and will be established after due investigation.

glencairn metro train fire

glencairn metro train fire

glencairn metro train fire

“The line between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town (a lovely scenic ride) will be closed for a while to check for damage to infrastructure.”

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