Welcome and thank you for visiting the website of the Friends of the Choo-Tjoe (the Friends). We hope you will find it interesting.The Friends, a non-profit organisation, was formed in August 2010 with the main object being the promotion of the repair and rehabilitation of the railway line between George and Knysna and revival of the operation of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train on this railway line situated in the Garden Route of the Western Cape of the Republic of South Africa.

The restoration of the line and return of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, while preserving one of the iconic railway lines in the world and steam locomotive activities for future generations, will attract international and local tourists with a direct benefit to business in the region and provide much needed downstream employment.An organisation such as the Friends is always in need of funding to continue their activities and finance projects. Should you wish to be associated with any project or merely show your support you can make a donation to the Friends.

Any queries, suggestions, comments etc. will be welcomed and should be directed to friendsofthechootjoe@telkomsa.net

Why have the authorities not informed us of their intentions regarding the George to Knysna railway?

Please demonstrate your strong support for the reopening of our outstandingly beautiful and world renowned George to Knysna railway icon and the reintroduction of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe by clicking the links below to email the following authorities:

Transnet CEO Mr. B. Molefe
Minister of Public Enterprises Mr. M. Gigaba
Minister of Tourism Mr. M. van Schalkwyk
PGWC Minister of Economic Development & Tourism M. A. Winde