- Western Cape
- Prince Albert Road
Prince Albert Road is a small railway station in the Western Cape of South Africa consisting of a lonely petrol station and a motel.
Outa Lappies is just one of the colourful characters that have made their home there.
The tiny hamlet of Prince Albert Road Station, lies approximately halfway between Beaufort West and Laingsburg, 30 km from Leeu Gamka on the farm Goeiemoed Nr. 90 in the Prince Albert Municipal District. Goeiemoed was originally part of the farms Thuynkraal and Rietkraal, measuring 15,976 morgen and was granted on perpetual quitrent to Anthony Johannes Jurgen Botes on the 31st December 1838. The annual rental was Three Pounds and Five Shillings Sterling. The farm Vlakkraal formed the northern boundary.
A report dated 1855, states that a coach trip from Cape Town to Vlakkraal, near Prince Albert Road Station, normally took 48½ hours. The coach stopped every eight hours for fresh horses. Transport riders were given precedence on the roads. A bugle was regularly sounded to warn other road users that they were coming. Vlakkraal was the coach stop on the main route to the north where travellers for Prince Albert disembarked. They were taken to Prince Albert by contractors with horses and carts. They offered visitors a choice of staying at little hotels along the way.
The railway station owes its existence to the route chosen by Prime Minister, John Molteno, for the Cape Government Railways’ western main line from Cape Town towards the diamond fields at Kimberley.
Prince Albert Road also served as a railway stop for British soldiers in the Anglo-Boer War. One of the lonely graves still out in the veldt is that of Pte W Calver of the 16th Lancers, who died on Sep 10, 1901. Some reports say he died in an accident. His grave is hidden behind some koppies on the Prince Albert side of the railway line on the guest farm Assendelft Lodge & Bush Camp. Editorial courtesy of Wally Walters, Assendelft Lodge & Bush Camp.
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