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    Where in Cape Town can I see steam trains? Running or otherwise?

    My 4 year old has become obsessed with Thomas the tank engine
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    Don't know about full sized ones, but fully functioning miniatures are used one saturday every month for rides.

    They can be found behind Ajax Football Club in Parow.

    I will find out which saturday they are running, if you want?
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    That looks cool. Please let us know when and where, I would like to go.
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    www.atlanticrail.co.za
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    Trips on the lines of the Cape Peninsula

    If you are looking for something different to do with family, friends or even on your own, why not take a steam train ride on one of the day trips run by Atlantic Rail?

    Our train consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. One of the coaches is a lounge car with a full cash bar service. The steam locomotive we use is a Class 24 steam loco built in 1949.



    We run regular day trips around the peninsula. This scenic route winds along the rugged coast of False Bay with the waves crashing on the rocks below, through villages scrambling up the steep slopes and along the beautiful coves and beaches.

    The train leaves Cape Town and travels between the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds to Muizenburg. Traveling on to False Bay where the view of the ocean is spectacular. The railway line skirts the rocks as it travels through the quaint village of Kalk Bay, then snakes through Fish Hoek and Glencairn, finally coming to an end in Simonstown with a view of the naval dockyard.

    Passengers are free to go to the beach, grab a bite to eat or stroll through the town.

    The train returns along the same route back to Cape Town.





    Upcoming Trips8 May 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town (Mothers Day)
    22 May 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town
    5 June 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town
    19 June 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town (Fathers Day)
    3 July 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town
    31 July 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town
    4 September 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town
    24 September 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town (Heritage Day)
    2 October 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town
    30 October 2011 Cape Town to Simon's Town


    Sunday, 8 May 2011 - Cape Town to Simon's Town (Mothers Day) (return)
    Departs Cape Town: 10h30
    Arrive Simon's Town: 12h00 (approx)
    Departs Simon's Town: 15h00
    Arrive Cape Town: 16h40 (approx)
    Duration: 5 hours
    Price: R220 - Adults
    R110 - Children (3- 12yrs)

    Atlantic Rail will be running a trip from Cape Town to Simon's Town (return) departing Cape Town at 10h30 and later departing Simon's Town at 15h00 for the journey back.

    If any guests would like to be dropped off or collected at Kalk Bay station, then they must stipulate this when booking. This cannot be arranged on the day of departure as it has to be planned into the running time table, so let us know early.

    Prices are R220 for Adults and R110 for Children 3 to 12.
    BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL [email protected] and 021 556 1012 (office hours) to book!

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    I just got happy, thought this was about our class 35 and similiar diesels, which I have been having a hard time chasing/spotting/finding for good photos and general diesel enjoyment

    But this isn't a bad idea at all! Thanks for all who posted useful info.

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    Definately on my to-do list SOON .

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    I also love them real trains. Here is a photo of 2 x Class 34 GM 2 stroke diesels idling with the 16 coach Premium Classe over the Outeniqua pass in February 2010.
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    There is something about steam engines that diesels and electric engines don't have. I miss seeing and hearing them. When I was a boy, and wanted to be a train driver, there was an annual steam train ride from Kimberley to Heuningneskloof. The engine even had a name (that I can't remember) and cyclists used to race the train for the 30-odd km journey.

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    I am also a steam fan first but after travelling on a train from PE to Mossel Bay in the second coach behind those 2 GM 2 stroke diesels (max revs are something like 1000 rpm) they are like music to the ears,

    After all that is what diesel engines are made to be used for.

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    Jip, the one behind Ajax in Parow is very nice. and it is aimed at taking kids (of all ages) for a ride around a track.

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    Way back in '72 my Dad worked for the "Bantu Administration" in Oshakati. We travelled by steam train from Pretoria to Windhoek (4 days) via De Aar. I remember that we had to keep the windows closed most of the time or else the soot would be all over the compartment. Came back from Grootfontein to Pretoria (5 days) the same way. What an experience for a 7 year old

    There used to be a couple of locomotives next to Epping market that they were busy restoring, I wonder what has happened to them

    Just love the old Steam trains.

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

    Will definitely look into the Parow one. Ended up taking him to this one today:
    http://www.sa-venues.com/attractionswc/blue-train.htm

    Not really a steam train (smelly diesel actually) but about as much of a Thomas replica they can do without attracting a copyright lawyer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Here is a photo of 2 x Class 34 GM 2 stroke diesels idling with the 16 coach Premium Classe over the Outeniqua pass in February 2010.
    Andre are you sure that these were GM locomotives? All diesels in the Western Cape are GE 4 Stroke.
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    Just down the Atlantic Rail trip to Simonstown with my 4 year old for his birthday. It was fantastic, your son will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saskia View Post
    Andre are you sure that these were GM locomotives? All diesels in the Western Cape are GE 4 Stroke.
    On the Class 34 some were GM engined. I will find a link and post it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    On the Class 34 some were GM engined. I will find a link and post it here.

    Right here we go.First link is for GM locos.

    http://www.sheltam.com/content.asp?PageID=73

    Second link is for GE locos.

    http://www.sheltam.com/content.asp?PageID=74

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    Andre I agree your link is correct for GM and GE, but Premier Classe is Prasa (therefore ex Transnet locomotives) and Sheltam is private.

    Do you know what the locomotive numbers were then I can confirm if they were GE or GM.

    Going OT so maybe start a new thread or is this still trainspotting??
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    Quote Originally Posted by saskia View Post
    Going OT so maybe start a new thread or is this still trainspotting??
    Don't stop now!!! Anyone wants to plan a kids day soon? I'm sure my kids will enjoy this too!! Let met know!!
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    Here are some that my Uncle has built. He has amazing talent, skill & patience 8).
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    Rovos rail is a company based in Gauteng and have offices in Cape Town... most luxurious train in the world.

    Their main train yard is in Pretoria, but they travel to CT and From CT...

    If you are ever in Pretoria with your son.... send me a pm, can maybe arrange for you to view al their trains. they have more than 8 steam locomotives...all 100% restored.

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