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Michell's Pass is a mountain pass in the Western Cape province of South Africa which approaches the town of Ceres from the south-west, connecting it to Tulbagh, Worcester, Western Cape, Worcester and the Breede River Valley. The pass is traversed by the R46 road (South Africa), R46 road and the Ceres branch line railway, which was re-opened for use by the Ceres Rail Company and seasonally by Transnet Freight Rail in terms of an agreement between the Ceres Rail Company and Transnet in 2012. From its western entrance near Wolseley, Western Cape, Wolseley the pass ascends to the summit at an elevation of , before descending a short distance into Ceres.Ceres Rail Company: The Story So Far
(Accessed on 16 June 2017)
The road pass was planned by Charles Collier Michell, Surveyor-General of the Cape Colony, Cape of Good Hope, for whom it was named. The pass was constructed in 1848 by Andrew Geddes Bain. In 1938, the road was widened and paved. A railway branchline from Wolseley, Western Cape, Wolseley through the pass to Ceres was constructed from 1910 and opened to traffic on 20 May 1912. The north portal of a tunnel at the top of the railway pass is situated near the road and railway entrances to the town.''Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway'', Statement No. 19, p. 187, ref. no. 200954-13 The extension of the railway line from Ceres to Prince Alfred Hamlet was only opened to traffic seventeen years later, on 10 April 1929.''Statement Showing, in Chronological Order, the Date of Opening and the Mileage of Each Section of Railway'', Statement No. 19, p. 189, ref. no. 200954-13


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