The symbolic ‘Blue Train’ connecting the South African capital Pretoria to Cape Town (1,460 km) has been grounded for safety reasons after the “recent mishaps”, it noted on Monday, February 14. company trans net.

“For safety considerations, the company has taken the decision to suspend Blue Train operations for a full analysis following the recent incidents that occurred,” trans net In a press release.

The blue train, seen from the inside

Last November, 19 empty cars of the famous luxury train derailed at Elandsfontein station, near Johannesburg, without casualties. The spokeswoman said the damaged cars have been handed over for repair as the investigation into the cause of the derailment is nearing completion. trans netAnd Ayanda Shezi. According to the company, while the service is suspended, Blue Train employees will be deployed to the warehouse and company offices until further notice. Several stations and railways in South Africa have been looted during the confinement periods linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular by copper cable thieves. Stalled for several months due to the coronavirus crisis, the blue train, which has been in service for 75 years, began circulating again in November 2020.