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Steam train day trips

Steam train day trips

Heidi JanitBy Heidi Janit

Train Rides are fun, exciting and educational. We are blessed in South Africa to be able to take in gorgeous views and scenery whilst sitting on a train! Whether you are based in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, there is a ride on a steam train for everyone!


Reefsteamers departs from Park Station in Johannesburg to Magaliesburg. Spend some time having lunch and seeing the sites before the train departs to head back to Joburg. A fun filled day for all on a steam train!

Visit www.reefsteamers.com for more information

Cape Town:

Why not take a steam train ride run by Atlantic Rail? It makes a wonderful day out for the whole family.

The steam train consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. One of the coaches is a lounge car with a full cash bar service. The steam locomotivethey use is a Class 24 steam loco built in 1949.

AtlanticRail run regular day trips around the peninsula. The train leaves Cape Town and travels between the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds to Muizenburg. Traveling on to False Bay where the view of the ocean is spectacular. The railway line skirts the rocks as it travels through the quaint village of Kalk Bay, then snakes through Fish Hoek and Glencairn, finally coming to an end in Simonstown with a view of the naval dockyard.

Passengers are free to go to the beach, grab a bite to eat or stroll through the town.

The train returns along the same route back to Cape Town.

Vist www.atlanticrail.co.za for more information


The Umgeni Steam railway is a authentic steam locomotive, the train travels from Kloof to Inchanga. It is a 1 hour trip and takes you up some of the steepest railway gradients in South Africa!Umgeni Steam Railway is a dedicated non-profit organisation (Registered Section-21) whose focus is to preserve steam locomotion in KwaZulu Natal. Run by a team of volunteers it relies solely on ticket sales for income.

Visit www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za for more information