The Geoff's Trains / Reefsteamers Steam Train

The perfect complement to Sandstone, a classic South African steam operated passenger train on the Bethlehem to Bloemfontein line. After your
time on the 2 foot gauge Sandstone railway, enjoy a journey on the Cape Gauge line with numerous well planned photo opportunities.

The locomotive will be Class 12AR 1535, recently back in service after a four-year long overhaul. No.1535 ‘Susan’ has the triple distinction of
being the last surviving Class 12AR, Reefsteamers’ oldest operating locomotive and the oldest operating main line locomotive in South Africa.  
‘Little Susie’ was originally built as a Class 12A at the North British Locomotive Works way back in 1919.  The class 12’s, from which the Class
12A’s originated, were the first new locomotive class ordered by the then newly-formed SAR.
More on the locomotive here

The train will comprise coaches for the Reefsteamers fleet. There will be sleeper accommodation for 75 passengers, a lounge and dining car.
Accommodation is available in both Silver and Economy Class sleepers. Silver class has en-suite facilities and showers, economy class uses
shared facilities. As silver class and single cabins are limited, early booking is recommended.

To keep the train weight within limits for the locomotive, the full kitchen car will not be in the consist, meals will be wholesome and adequate with
continental style breakfasts, packed lunches and traditional South African evening meals, normally potjiekos or barbecues. Reducing the kitchen
capacity means that we can take along the lounge / bar car, the decision was not too difficult to make.

The Germiston to Bethlehem train

The Reefsteamers train is based at the old Germiston steam depot on the outskirts of Johannesburg. In order to position it in Bethlehem for the
start of the steam charter, it will travel from Germiston to Bethlehem behind modern traction. This train will primarily transport Gauteng residents
to Sandstone for the Stars family festival which will run from 12 to 14 April. However, it is also possible to book space on the train from Germiston
to Bethlehem, and to remain on board for the steam charter to Kimberley, from where it will again be hauled over the main line back to Germiston
by modern traction.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Make your way to Germiston this afternoon, where you will settle into your cabin and have time to explore the depot before a Braai (Barbecue)
dinner amongst the locomotives. Spend the night on the coaches standing at Germiston.

Dinner and overnight accommodation included.

Thursday, 11 April 2019
Your journey starts this morning, with the travelling across the highveld to Bethlehem behind diesel electric traction.  There will be occasional  
stops where the steam locomotive, in light steam, will be serviced. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served and the bar will be open.

Overnight on the train at Bethlehem. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Friday, 12 April 2019
After an early breakfast, guests destined for the Sandstone family festival will leave the train and travel by coach to the Sandstone estate.

The Bethlehem – Bloemfontein – Kimberley – Johannesburg Train

Friday, 12 April 2019
Bethlehem to Modderpoort
Leave your hotel early this morning for a coach transfer to Bethlehem. Join a special steam train for your journey to Bloemfontein, Kimberley and
Johannesburg. Runpasts will be arranged at locations selected by experienced organisers, the number being determined by the time available.

Overnight on the train standing in Modderpoort. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will be available.

Saturday, 13 April 2019
Modderpoort to Bloemfontein.
Today, our train will make a trip from Modderpoort to Bloemfontein.
Overnight on the train standing in Bloemfontein. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will be available.

Sunday, 14 April 2019
Bloemfontein to Kimberley
This morning, visit the Sandstone workshops and the national collection of locomotives at Bloemfontein.
This afternoon, our train will make the trip from Bloemfontein to Kimberley. Runpasts will be staged as the train steams west into the afternoon
light.
Overnight on the train standing in Kimberley. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will
be available.

Monday, 15 April 2019
Kimberley
Visit the Kimberley Big Hole Museum to explore the growth of the diamond industry. Your visit will include a tram ride and there are numerous
railway and steam related exhibits.  Later this morning, spend some time at the railway museum at Kimberley station, this small museum
includes an exhibition hall with some interesting exhibits, as well as a platform display that includes a Class 25NC 4-8-4 locomotive.  
After a break for lunch, visit local preservation group Steamnet 2000. If available, have their Class 25NC in steam for a short run and photographic
opportunity.

Overnight on the train standing in Kimberley. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will be available.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Kimberley to Germiston
Our train and the steam locomotive will be hauled by Transnet fright Rail electric locomotives from Kimberley to Germiston as steam is not
permitted on core routes. Three or four service stops will be needed, and photos may be possible, depending on the location and according to
the safety rules.
The train will stable for the night in the Reefsteamers depot, offering an opportunity for night photography.

Overnight on the train standing in Reefsteamer’s Germiston depot. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will be
available.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning with an included airport transfer

A tour to Victoria Falls and the Chobe game reserve starts this morning.
Find out more about this exciting option here.
Page updated on
29 December 2017
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Tell me about
Reefsteamers

Reefsteamers are a voluntary
steam preservation group based at
the former Germinston
(Johannesburg) steam depot.

Find out more here ...
Prices and booking information
The prices listed here may change at any time due to cost increases or foreign currency adjustments. Tours already booked will be controlled by
the Geoff's Trains Ltd booking conditions.

These prices assume that the access charges raised by Transnet for the use of their lines will be the same as at present with an allowance for
anticipated inflation. Transnet only confirm their charges shortly before the contract date and if the access charges exceed the anticipated amount
a surcharge may be added to your ticket to cover the increase.

Germiston to Bethlehem charter train:
10 to 12 April 2019

Silver class:
US$619 :
        Per person sharing
US$389 :         Single supplement for use of a twin cabin
There are a limited number of single rooms available at no surcharge. Book early!

Economy class:
US$476 :
        Per person sharing
US$242 :         Supplement to leave one berth free in a three berth compartment.
There are a limited number of single rooms available at no surcharge.
If you are travelling as a single person or with one other person, Geoff's Trains will fill any empty berths for you unless you pay a surcharge for
exclusive use of the cabin.

Your package includes:
  • Accommodation on the train for two nights. Dinner, lunch, bed and breakfast.
  • Train travel between the Reefsteamers depot at Germiston and Bethlehem. The steam locomotive and train will he hauled by modern
    traction.

Your Package does not include:
  • Meals not included in the programme.
  • Transfers to Germiston depot.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flights

Bethlehem to Germiston charter train:
12 to 17 April 2019

Silver class:
US$2,669:
        Per person sharing
US$2,516:         Single use of a twin cabin
There are a limited number of single rooms available at no surcharge. Book early!

Economy class:
US$1,848:
        Per person sharing
US$1,695:         Supplement to leave one berth free in a three berth compartment.
There are a limited number of single rooms available at no surcharge.
If you are travelling as a single person or with one other person, Geoff's Trains will fill any empty berths for you unless you pay a surcharge for
exclusive use of the cabin.

Your package includes:
  • Your transfer from hotel to Bethlehem.
  • Accommodation on the train for up to five nights. Dinner, bed and breakfast.
  • Visits to museums and Steamnet 2000 in Kimberley.
  • Visits to Sandstone's Bloemfontein works and the national locomotive collection.
  • Transfer from Germiston depot to OR Tambo airport.
  • The services of the Geoff's Trains team

Your Package does not include:
  • Meals not included in the programme.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Flights

Meals:
Breakfast
is included in your booking, with a continental style dining car service.
Lunch is not normally included, a light lunch can be ordered whilst on board..
Dinners are included. Limited kitchen facilities dictate the type of meal served, this may be a braai (barbecue), traditional South African potjiekos
(a hearty stew) or something similar with salads and desert.  
Light refreshments and bar will be available throughout the day on the train.

Train accommodation:
There will be six sleeper coaches on the train. Three silver class coaches offer en-suite twin and single cabins. Three economy coaches offer
shared showers and toilets, with single and three berth cabins. Supplements can reduce the number of occupants in three berth compartments.  

How to book
If you are unsure what you wish to book, complete the registration form and we will discuss options with you.
If you have a question,
ask us here. You are also welcome to phone Geoff on Mobile +44 (0)7752143657. UK office hours please.
If you know what you want to book, complete
the on line booking for here.

Important

During this tour, you may
experience laws and standards
that are not be the same as you
are used to at home. An open yet
cautious mind and a flexible
approach can help your enjoyment
of the experience.

By their nature, steam locomotives
and older diesel electric
locomotives are prone to
unexpected failure. Should this
occur, we will ask the service
supplier to substitute the most
appropriate alternative equipment
or service consistent with the
advertised programme.

The railways over which these
tours operate are often single track
with passing loops, possibly with
infrastructure maintained to a
lower standard than in Europe.  
Any delays or cancellations caused
by the failure of such plant and
machinery beyond our direct
control will be dealt with as quickly
as possible. If trains arrive late at
their destinations, local tours may
have to be shortened or cancelled.
No compensation can be offered
for such failure or delay.