Friends of the Rail (FOTR) offers fun vintage steam train outings for the entire family. FOTR brings the old SA railway history and technology alive in a living museum that is located in a real working railway environment. Ride our train: we promise an absorbing educational and entertaining experience. We provide a variety of destination choices. Our regular vintage steam train trips run in and around Pretoria-Tshwane as well as to Rayton, Cullinan and Bela Bela. An ideal outing for families, birthday parties, anniveraries, corporate functions and more.
FOTR itself is a non-profit heritage club that comprises a group of willing members who voluntarily tackle jobs, both large and small, to preserve and keep our heritage steam trains running for the education and enjoyment of future generations. We are also always welcome new members.
Steam train options and destinations
Tshwane Xplorer steam train
A shorter non-stop, afternoon circular trip around the capital city and environs. See the city as never seen from the road. Depart 13:30, duration about 2,5 hrs.
Steam train to Cullinan and Rayron
Departs 8.30am, duration about 8 hrs. Venue options for Cullinan and Rayton:
a. Getaway Farm: This venue used to be a train station, but is now a guest farm. Dining room is an old train dining coach. Add-on price includes bus transport, entrance and buffet lunch. Optional game drive, R45. Optional guided walk, R15. For a combined package, including a one-way train trip, mine tour, one night's stay and transport back, please contact our sales office.
b. Cullinan Village: Enjoy the day on your own. No entrance fee. Shop and eat in the village. Many quaint retaurants. There is now also a Wimpy and a Barcelos in Cullinan, ideal for those with children.
c. Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum: Guided tours for both children and adults. Milking cows, riding tractors, mampoer tasting (adults), baking bread, etc. Restuarant, picnics and take-aways available.
d. Individual tours: Individual tours also available in Cullinan - Spa tour, Mine tour, Game farm drive, Cultural Village tour, etc. Contact our sales office.
e. New venues and overnight stays: We are busy negotiating packages with new venues for our day trips, as well as for total packages, including one-way train trip, overnight stays and transport to or back.
Steam train to Bela Bela Murula Mountain Village and Modimole
Departs 07h30, duration about 10 hrs. Venues in and around Bela Bela:
a. Marula Mountain Village: This super resort lies some 9km north from Bela Bela in the hills of the Waterberg. Swimming pools, quiet walks, extensive play-park for children. Kiosk, bar and restaurant on premises. Braai fires also provided. Quad bikes and horses for hire.
b. Bela Bela itself: Spend the day on your own. Aventura Bela Bela resort and hot baths within walking distance.
c. Modimole: For train enthusiasts, ride the train all the way to Modimole where we turn and service the loco. No facilties provided.
Charters and group packages
4. Group and Corporate Packages:
Walk with lions! Go on a cowboy outride! Ride on Elephants! From the normal to the outrageous, we can organise it for you!! Team-building, corporate functions, year-end functions, incentive outings, conferences, etc. All three destinations are available.
Options: Charter a train, share a charter or book a coach on a public or corporate train.
a. Charter-a-train: With a charter train you get total privacy, you can decide on the venue, date and departure times. You can provide your own on-board catering, bar, activities and entertainment or let us organise to cater for you. Great for launches, client entertainment, conferences or incentives.
b. Share-a-charter: Cheaper, but less flexible and only available on some popular charter dates, usually not on scheduled public trips. Shares the train cost with another charter group/s.
c. Charter-a-coach (or more than one):The cheapest option. Available on most public scheduled trains and on some shared charter trains. Suitable for smaller groups and private parties.
Our trains are one of the easiest ways to raise funds for your school, church or "not for profit" charity institution. You can easily raise between R15000 and R40000. We can accomodate 300-350 people on a train trip. If your school, church or organisation is be able to get at least 300 passengers, then you must consider this easy option. We will assist you by marketing the trip to our customers as well. No up-front fees.
Fares depend on destination. We love kids. Older kids travel at a discounted fare, younger kids get a bigger discount and children 2 and under even travel free. See the website for fare details. Mention 'Jozikids' when booking for special treatment.
New Miniature Train in 2012
Friends of the Rail is glad to announce the arrival of a miniature train. In 2012 he will become a regular face at FOTR depot. We are offering a party package at a cost of R1500 for birthday parties at our FOTR depot with miniature train rides, jumping castle, tables and chairs, party inside a coach and a tour of our locomotives. The only venue for a real train party in Gauteng and maybe in South Africa. The miniature train is also available at a venue of your choice at a
cost of R1000.
. for regular updates and information on our steam trains. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.