The main road is lined on both sides by shops, house museums, restaurants, and a small, but popular theatre, Jan Harmsgat se Agterplaas. Remember to bring a warm wrap for the cool autumn and winter evenings and ensure you have sufficient baby requisites available for the evening feed if we are delayed. This will make a difference regarding what time you book lunch. Board the train in the cool of the morning, and then relax as you listen to the chugging of the engine, and watch the countryside passing you by as you wind your way through the Magaliesberg Mountains leaving a trial of smoke behind you. You can charter a train if you wish for a large group. Die eerste ding wat ek onthou van ons Santa ritte is die opwinding om die kinders weg te kry, sodat die ouers die presente kan ingee vir ou Vader Kersfees om uit te deel.
Traveling on a relic of a bygone era is an absolute thrill of it's own, rekindling in many the love for railways. Please do not leave valuable items though. Friends of the Rail's coaching stock dates back to the 1960's, having been restored and brought back into prime condition by the members. We shared the day with some close friends and their kids and this made everything even more fun plus, we moms could share the prep and planning — so no one felt overwhelmed. At the station cafe your food will be served in shovels. If you're looking for something different to do in and around Gauteng, why not take a steam train trip to the beautiful Magaliesberg for a day of country living? It's really a wonderful experience and gives a glimpse back to the days of old, when people were beginning to explore our great country and networks of railways linked small towns like Cullinan to the growing metropolises of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Seeing how excited the township people are about the train is almost a treat on its own. For only R500 you will get a professionally done Last Will and Testament, as well as a Living Will, plus 1% less. And on the way home the long journey became a little tedious, and the singing expanded into very loud gospel music. The Friends of the Rail steam locomotive train from Pretoria will whistle noisily en route to Cullinan, taking you back to a bygone era of train travel. The Magalies Meander is an arts route that has been set up to showcase the best of the area's creativity, and you can pick up a brochure on arrival detailing the many interesting things to do. Larger groups and people with special needs must first directly contact us by phone or email to confirm sufficient space and availability of correct facilities before making any booking.
And floor to ceiling windows afford you breath-taking views of both the Twelve Apostles mountain on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other. Today you can go on a guided tour of the museum, which is open each day, except on Tuesdays, from 10:00 until 15:00. Remember to bring a warm wrap for the cool autumn and winter evenings and ensure you have sufficient baby requisites available for the evening feed if we are delayed. Where: the old Train Lodge, behind Cape Town station When: 10. Here, on the left you will see the massive workshops belonging to Transnet Rail Engineering; one of the largest railway workshop complexes existing anywhere. Also worth seeing are the eight frescoes painted by Italian prisoners of war at the old Rec Club. After being split into three parts, it was polished and mounted in the head of the Sceptre with the Cross, part of the crown jewels of the British royal family.
The coach wheels beneath rap gently over the rail joints -- clack-clack, clack-clack. There are quite a few restaurants to choose from, and many were fully booked, so we'd advise making a booking in advance to ensure they have space for you. The station has a small historical museum and you can buy souvenirs if you want. This historic railway line hosted both the escape and flight of Sir Winston Churchill from Boer custody on 12 December 1899 during the second Boer war and, towards the end of that war, the final trip nto exile of the Republic's president, Paul Kruger himself early in September 1900. Review of the Steam Train trip to Cullinan — on 2nd October 2016. Or it did — until your gang arrived to disturb the peace! When the diamond was sent to England there was concern about its transportation and a fake was sent ahead on a steamboat to lure potential robbers. Ever changing, ever growing yet staying the same.
For those going away, please drive safely or tell the pilot to fly safely. Finally, and all too soon, we bring the past to life as we drift over the road crossing into the old wood and corrugated iron-clad station at Cullinan, which although now leased as a restaurant, still comprises the original buildings and platform. We are allocated a pre-booked running slot and cannot wait for late or lost passengers. An interested foreign investor may consider becoming involved. Reef Steamers also run a steam train to Irene. You are welcome to get more information or the last schedule by sending an email to sales friendsof therail.
Leaving the Hermanstad depot early in the morning, the steam train winds its way through Pretoria, heading in an easterly direction. We cannot guarantee timings because of the possibility of unexpected en-route operational delays, over which we often have absolutely no control, so please allow for that in your planning. The journey to Cullinan takes around 3 hours long, so there's plenty of time to sit, chat, read and look out the window to watch the countryside rolling by. There were 11 of us and these days you are allocated a little more room than in days gone by. However we will do all in our power to get going again as soon as we can and we will do our best to keep you informed. Since mining began in 1903 nearly 150 million carats of diamonds have been found in the mine. These postings are totally not true and we please ask that you assist us in correcting the facts shoud you receive such as posting.
Times valid unless otherwise informed or advertised. Here you can buy coffee, pancakes, burgers, cool drinks and more. The route also ascends some of the steepest railway gradients in the country. The line runs through the eastern industrial areas of Waltloo and Silverton before diving through Deneboom station and emerging into the first of many sections of the large Mamelodi suburb starting around Eerste Fabrieke. We hadn't booked and so ended up sitting at a long table with some other visitors to the town, who we got chatting to during lunch. A very early start to get to Hermanstad by 7. Our car was safe at Hermanstad station.
We did not know what to expect but what a cool outing it turned out to be. Loud, fun, warm, spontaneous… We felt at home and I loved the fact that they made a big fuss taking care of the kids 1st making sure they were comfortable and fed. Finally, and all too soon, we bring the past to life as we drift down into the old wood and corrugated iron-clad station at Cullinan, which although now leased as a restaurant, still comprises the original buildings and platform. Please be assured, though, that we do not fill the coaches to their originally-designed capacity. Ticket prices: R200 per adult and R140. All timings, routings and destinations are dependent upon the availability of the railway networks' lines that we run over.
Please note that at present there is construction work taking place on the line between Eerste Fabrieke and Pienaarspoort stations where single-line, pilot-working is in force. Out of the hubbub of noise comes the shrill sound of the steam whistle, suddenly we lurch forward and the clickety-clack and chuff-chuffing begins. What a friendly bunch of people who are really proud to offer the opportunity to travel on a steam train to Cullinan and back to Pretoria. Photographers can get great close-up pictures of the red-hot ash dropping, water and steam spraying and of the crew busy with their fire-irons and rakes. You can sit back and relax and experience an era gone by. Getting there: Take the M9 Rivonia Rd from Johannesburg, turning right into Grayston Drive toward the M1 offramp signposted for Pretoria. The train is manned and kept reasonably secure.