Coming back from the West Rand one Saturday, I was in the area of Witpoortjie Station, and on that day my favourite steam engine was returning from her day trip to Magaliesberg. I decided to see whether I could catch her coming through the station on her way back to Germiston. That short video may be seen on my youtube channel.
On my way out of the station I found a plaque that very few people know exists.
This plaque ties into the geological formation and area commonly known as the Witwatersrand (Ridge of White Water)
Witpoortjie is one of those small sleepy stations that exist serving a dwindling number of train commuters on a train system that is no longer in tune with demand. This is probably its only claim to fame.
Not too far from here are the mining areas of the West Rand as well as Confidence Reef. However, very few people are really aware of this tiny bit of information that is relevant to understanding more about the geology of Johannesburg.
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