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Is it a phantom railway? No, Cape Town, it’s just an old seawall

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Is it a phantom railway? No, Cape Town, it’s just an old seawall

Beach dynamics in Fish Hoek have exposed a seawall remnant made of sleepers, awakening armchair historians

Senior reporter

A “mystery railway line” that appeared on Fish Hoek beach on Monday is most likely the remains of a 90-year-old seawall, the City of Cape Town said on Tuesday.

Images of the rusted metal “tracks” were widely shared on social media, prompting a torrent of armchair historian comment, not all of it accurate.

Initially it was assumed the waves had uncovered an old railway track used in a project to remove dunes in 1929...

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