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Natal Government Railways

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The Natal Government Railways (NGR) was formed in January 1877 in the Colony of Natal.

1877 the Natal Government Railways acquired the Natal Railway Company for the sum of £40,000, gaining the line from the Point to Durban and from Durban to Umgeni. The gauge was altered to 3ft. 6in., which became the standard throughout South Africa.

1892 Completion of the Natal-Orange Free State Railway

1910 the Union of South Africa was formed

1912 the NGR combined with some of the colony's other railway companies to form the South African Railways and Harbours.

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