The Bethlehem – Bloemfontein – Kimberley – Johannesburg Steam Train

This steam charter is being negotiated with Reefsteamers and Transnet, the rail operators. Until the tour arrangements have been finalised,
we can accept provisional bookings that will be confirmed later. If the charter is unable to operate, alternatives will be proposed to fill the time
between the end of the Stars Festival and the Cape Town steam charter, this will probably include time with Reefsteamers and other steam
operators in the Johannesburg and Pretoria areas. It is important that you declare your interest in the tour as space is limited and provisional
bookings will be dealt with on a first come basis.

Friday, 12 April 2019
Bethlehem to Bloemfontein

07h10. Dep. Bethlehem.
17h45. Arr. Bloemfontein.

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. The locomotive will be a Class 12AR, supported by a Class 19D at Bloemfontein and a Class 25NC at Kimberley. (All
locomotives subject to availability).
The train will comprise coaches for the Reefsteamers fleet. There will be sleeper accommodation for 75 passengers, a lounge and dining car.
Runpasts will be arranged at locations selected by experienced organisers, the number being determined by the time available.
Overnight on the train standing in Bloemfontein. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will be available.

Saturday, 13 April 2019
Bloemfontein works and a short steam working

06h00. Dep Bloemfontein.
13h00. Arr. Bloemfontein.

This morning, our train will make a trip from Bloemfontein to Sanapos and back. On the outward journey, the Class 19D will lead and on the
return, the Class 12AR will be in charge.
This afternoon, visit the Sandstone Workshops and National Collection of locomotives.
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

13h00. Dep. Bloemfontein.
18h00. Arr. Kimberley.

Free time in the morning.
This afternoon, our train will make the trip from Bloemfontein to Kimberley with the Class 12AR. 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 available.

Monday, 15 April 2019
Kimberley

Today is set aside to visit the Big Hole Museum and the railway museum on the station platform.
Also, visit Steamnet 2000. If possible, have their Class 25NC in steam for a short run and photographic opportunity. The programme for today
will be finalised when it is known what Steamnet 2000 can offer.
Overnight on the train standing in Kimberley. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will be available.
If you are continuing with Geoff’s Trains to Cape Town and beyond, you will leave the steam charter today and fly to Cape Town from Kimberley
this afternoon.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Kimberley to Germiston

05h00. Dep. Kimberley.
19h00. Arr. 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. Tree or four service stops will be required, 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 Germiston. Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch, light refreshments and bar will be available.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Tour ends this morning with airport transfer
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07 November 2017
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