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On trial with Mandela

In the distance, the Blue Train glides into view—a mere speck on the horizon. The gathered crowd cheers in anticipation.

They are hedged behind security gates that block their entry to the station platform, where a few guests and journalists await its arrival.

Beautifully refurbished, the Blue Train is making its first trip from Pretoria to Cape Town in a newly democratic South Africa, and as it rolls slowly into Worcester Station, the crowd strains against the gates, hoping to catch a glimpse of Nelson Mandela and the other dignitaries on board.

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