Steam train rides
Come share the romance and the fun of a steam train ride with us! Relax while we take you out for the day on a leisurely run, perhaps to a restaurant, or a tourist venue, or simply a round trip into the scenic countryside. Reefsteamers is a volunteer group of steam enthusiasts who love steam engines, working on them, restoring them and of course, running them. We are based in the extensive old Steam Locomotive Sheds in Germiston - centrally placed to the rail network of Johannesburg. We earn money to support our club by running day trips for the South African Public and longer tours for local and overseas Steam Engine enthusiasts.
Our day trips spots is the Magaliesburg region where there's much to see or do.
There are other trips and venues too - but you need to check our website for updates: http://www.reefsteamers.com/Timetable.html
We generally board the train at Johannesburg Main Station (Park Station) and we'll take you and your family out for the day in our roomy main line coaches.
The train normally takes from 9:00am to 05.30pm, with a break for your free time at Magaliesburg from 10:55am to 02:15. There's plenty of room for the kids on the train. We sell tuck, nibbles, cool drinks as well as warm foods and toasted sandwiches from the catering car. There is a bar car too. The coaches all have electrical power, toilets and running water on board.
The steam train is hauled by one of our beautiful full-sized ex-South African Railway locomotives, of which we own eight. We show two of them in our photos below. For the railways minded, they are a Class 15CA (centre) and a Class 15F (right). Our trains are full lengthed from 10-15 coaches and run at proper main line speeds. These aren't toys but the real thing! Kids (and the not-so- kids) can get up close to the locomotives and even right up in the locomotive's cab, where our friendly staff and crews will happily talk about the locomotives which we love so much. We run on a professional basis and abide by all Spoornet regulations and safety rules. Before each trip, our locomotives and coaches are checked for safety by ex-Spoornet personnel, and for mechanical road worthiness by senior engineers. We may be volunteers, but we are not amateurs.
Departure 09:00am from the Johannesburg Main Station (Park Station) to Magaliesburg.
Arrival at Magaliesburg around 11.30am.
Departure from Magaliesburg 02.30pm to Johannesburg.
Arrival at Johannesburg at about 05.30pm
The times shown for the trips are our scheduled times, which we try to meet on a best effort basis. Our well maintained coaches and locomotives rarely give trouble or cause breakdowns out on the open rails. However, we may be delayed on the Transnet lines depending on their traffic movements and the signalling thereof.
Visit our Steam Train Trip Calendar page at
for specific trip dates, times and all details.
Costs of train rides
* Adults R305
* Kids 4-12yrs R210
* Children under 4yrs R50.
* Cost of the venue or restaurant is to your own account.
* Private Coupé / Compartment available
* Private coach hire: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Check our website trip calendar at http://www.reefsteamers.com/Timetable.html for the individual trip details and costs.
Our operating dates in 2014:
All dates without (Clamp comments) are regular trains to Magaliesburg
2014 March: 01. / (15.Lunch Train) / 21. / 29.
2014 April: 26.
2014 May: 03. / 10. / 24. / 31.
2014 June: 07. / (14.Lunch Train) / 16. / 28.
2014 July: 19. / 26.
2014 August: 02. / 09. / 23. / 30.
2014 September: (06.Lunch Train)/ 20. /(24.Heritage Braai)/ 27.
2014 October: 04. / 18. / 25.
2014 November: 01. / 08. / 22. / (29.Lunch Train)
2014 December: 06. / 13. / 16. / 20.