Southern African RailSteam Tours
Take the steam train and enjoy the old and relaxing way of travel

12. April
-
22. April
Autumn Steam in the Freestate 2014

Tour details
The details may change until the tours starts or also during the tour.
The tour would be confirmed as soonest we received 55 bookings.
Death line for bookings is the 09.April 2014
1. Day
12. April
Saturday
Transfer with a bus from airport Johannesburg O.R Tambo to the Germiston Steam Depot. Take over of the compartments. Welcome drink. Departure at about 13.30 from Germiston to Bethlehem. Our engine:15F No.3046 "Janine". Because of railway regulations we have to use electric traction in front of the steam engine on the line to Bethlehem. Arrived in the late evening at Bethlehem. Stay over.
2. Day
13. April
Sunday
In the early morning: The steam engine will be serviced and turned. Here you can take photos and videos at the diesel depot. After lunch we will visit a gamefarm with a private guided safari and a dinner at the game farm. Transport back to the train, overnight stay.
3. Day
14. April
Monday
Early in the morning we leave Bethlehem in direction Ficksburg. Yust after the exit of Bethlehem we enter in to a steep climbe, which will demand all the skills and power of the engine and the crew: enjoy the sound! We plan run to Bloemfontein (herfore we need first the kind permission from Transnet). Different photo stops and run pasts. Stay over at Bloemfontein.
4. Day
15. April
Tuesday
Steam train on the Freestate line to Modderpoort. Photo stops and runpasts.
As additional program you are welcome to participate on a private game safari in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at Modderpoort
5. Day
16. April
Wednesday
Today we run steam on the Freetste line with different stops and runpasts to Generaalsnek. On our way we will have a brake at Ficksburg, You are welcome to explore the beautiful Freestate Town. Overnight stay in Generaalsnek.
6. Day
17. April
Thursday
Shuttle bus from the Train at Generaalsnek to Sandstone and back.
Visit of the Sandstone Estates "
Stars of Sandstone 2014" Festival. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on the farm.

Alternative program: Excursion to the Katse- Dam in Lesotho, Breakfast on the train, Lunch on the way, dinner at the Katse-Dam (additional costs: 20CHF / 16€ / 14£ / 23$ per person).
7. Day
18. April
Friday
Shuttle bus from the Train at Generaalsnek to Sandstone and back.
Visit of the Sandstone Estates "
Stars of Sandstone 2014" Festival. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on the farm.

Alternative program: Excursion to Clarens, Breakfast on the train, Lunch at Clarens, dinner on the train (additional costs: 20CHF / 16€ / 14£ / 23$ per person).
8. Day
19. April
Saturday
Steam traction on the Freestate line: at about 07.30 departure in direction Bethlehem. Different photo stops and runpasts on our way to Bethlehem and back to Ficksburg. On our way to Bethlehem we will cross our second steam train, which travels to Ficksburg. This evening both trains will stay over at Ficksburg.
9. Day
20. April
Sunday
Steam on the Freestate line. We operete the whole day with our two steam train sets on the line. In Ficksburg bothe engines and train sets will be prepared for the coming day. Both trains stay over at Ficksburg.

For all who need to fly back home on Sunday 20. April: A bus transfer from Ficksburg to Johannesburg International airport can be organized.
10. Day
21. April
Monday
Early in the morning, at about 04.00, the trains will leave Ficksburg successively in direction Bethlehem. Many photo stops and run past's. In Bethlehem the engines will be serviced and turned. With electric traction in front of the steam engines, we will arrive in Germiston during the late evening. Stay over.

For all who need to catch the aircraft this evening, we can offer you a bus transfer from Bethlehem to Johannesburg International airport; arrival at the airport around 16.00
11. Day
22. April
Tuesday
Moning steam photo shots and Depot visit, after it, we serve a brunch and in the afternoon transfer with a bus to Johannesburg O.R. Tambo. End of the tour.

Any question or you like to book your compartment? E-mail us!
our train compartment
The price includes:

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Transfer from the airport Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
- Welcome drink and buffet at Germiston
- 10 overnight stays on the steam train
- 11 days steam, photo stops and run pasts
- Sandstone Estates "Stars of Sandstone 2014"
- All meals and mineral water to the meals
- Fruit buffet, tea and coffee
- All Bus transfers
- Photo Stops, runpasts
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Transfer to the airport Johannesburg O.R. Tambo

The price does NOT include:

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Return Air ticket from overseas to Johannesburg
- Private travel insurance and annulation insurance
- Alcoholic and non- alcoholic refreshments, private shopping and souvenirs
- All tour parts which are not offered be SAR Steam Tours in the above description

For a small additional price:
we are able to offer you excursions to the Katse-Dam in Lesotho and to Clarens (see price list)
Our booking conditions
Any question or you like to book your compartment? E-mail us!