Aloes Railway station

a genus of Aloe Image source

Railway station between Swartkops and Coega, 16km north of Port Elizabeth on route to Alicedale. Takes its name from the genus of plants with succulent leaves, erect spikes of flowers and bitter juice, extracted from certain species. 

In 1873, Prime Minister John Molteno of the Cape Colony commenced work on connecting Port Elizabeth to the developing national railway network, resulting in the station complex being located in the historic central district, near the harbour.The prosperity which followed the construction of railways to the interior earned for the port the designation of "the Liverpool of South Africa."

The Apple Express narrow-gauge tourist train to Avontuur operates from the separate station in Humewood Road near King's Beach. It departs regularly for Thornhill Village via a rail bridge over the Van Stadens River, the highest narrow-gauge rail bridge in the world.

• New Dictionary of South African Names by Peter E Raper
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Last updated : 10-Jan-2017

This article was produced by South African History Online on 20-Sep-2016

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