|Travel and stay in style on South Africa’s legendary Blue Train
A very exciting feature for Stars of Sandstone 2019 will be the arrival of a special charter of The Blue Train at the event. The Blue Train will be
departing Pretoria on 3rd April at 09h00 and will be spending 2 nights at Sandstone Estates, departing on 5th April at 18h00 for arrival in Pretoria on
the 6th April at 10h00. Early booking is essential and you could be one of only 52 passengers to share in the experience.
This is one of the great luxury trains of the world and has the advantage of providing its passengers with a comfortable environment, excellent food,
and of course the ability to hop on and off a 2ft Narrow Gauge Railway which would be operating on an adjacent siding. Many years ago when we
planned our railway, we specifically created a siding next to the Main Line Vailima siding on the National Railway Network Branch line between
Bethlehem and Bloemfontein. That is where this special train will be staged. The siding is being extended by Transnet, for which we thank them,
because this type of excursion would not have been on the agenda of passenger trains running between the two centres in the past. In fact, there
was not even a railway station at Vailima, it was purely a commercial siding where wheat and maize trucks were dropped off and collected on a
regular basis. Indeed, in Sandstone’s early days, we used to load up to 1,000t of grain a day on the siding.
Most luxury trains are enjoyed for what they are, namely a trip on a train, but ours has the added advantage of spending 2 days at a world class event
where there are any number of additional things to do. When the passengers have had enough, they can go back to the Blue Train, relax, sit in the
lounge and watch the trains go by. They can on a whim jump off and join a passenger train about to embark for the mountains or returning to the
main complex which will be a hive of activity.
There are only 52 berths on this train, so we do commend it to everyone who is considering coming down to Stars of Sandstone 2019 but who may
be concerned about the lack of 5-star accommodation opportunities in the area.
We believe it will be very attractive to our international visitors, particularly those who have time constraints.
|Page updated on
26 March 2018
For a detailed brochure of
the Blue Train tour in PDF