Noupoort used to be a trainspotters’ haunt back in the days of steam and really-rolling stock, when the old black steel Goliaths used to chug across the Karoo like smoking dinosaurs.
Back in the 1920s, more than 85 trains came steaming through Noupoort daily.
In 1966, diesel locomotives were first introduced. They were called the Red Starvation. Because they did not need a driver and fireman each, as did the steam locos, they cut down dramatically on overtime, and many families were transferred to other towns like Rosmead.
Noupoort also has a very rich Anglo-Boer War history, and possibly the finest British blockhouse in the southern hemisphere.
Tourism expert Peter Myles says Noupoort has the potential to become another Alicedale – a railway-based village that has been returned to its former glory.
Like most self-respecting Karoo towns, the Noupoort area has its own ghost story.
On a nearby farm, a little woman dressed in Victorian clothes was once spotted walking around pointing at the ground. Later on, stacks of coins wrapped in cloth were found where she pointed, shiny on the inside, rusty on the outside.
Present-day Noupoort is perhaps most famous for being a centre for drug rehabilitation.
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