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Day Trips

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 16DA steam loco built in 1929.


Class 16DA #879 near Spier Halt - 19 July 2015 - Photo by Peter Rogers


Sit back and enjoy the scenery as the train departs Cape Town, progressing through to Bellville, passing Century City, the Parow Golf Club and sports fields on the Northern line. After Bellville we branch off to Eerste River and run through the most breath taking scenery of farm lands stretching through to the Hottentots Holland mountains passing the Spier Wine farm and the Vredenheim wine Estate.

The train then continue to Stellenbosch station. The Station is just 700m from Dorp Street, which leads into the heart of the old town, with attractions such as 'Oom Samie se Winkel' and some of the finest examples of surviving Georgian architecture in the Cape. There is everything from family restaurants to boutiques, galleries and bistros in Stellenbosch. A shuttle service is also available, and for a nominal fee you can be whisked off to the town square if you do not want to walk into town.

Stellenbosch Station is also extremely interesting for anyone interested in railways as it is one of the last places in South Africa to use semaphore signals. You can watch the Stationmaster working the switches from the lever frame at the main platform just as it was done more than 50 years ago. All signals are controlled by wires and pulleys along the sides of the tracks and driver instructions are given by hand as the train passes through.

 

 
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