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Atlantic Rail

Venue:Monument Station
Old Marine Drive
Cape Town
Cost:Adults : R200, Children : (3-12) R100
Doors Open:Office hours are Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 14:00
Contact:e-mail only

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 monthly 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. There are waitrons throughout the train for beverage service. The steam locomotive we use is a class 24 steam loco built in 1948.

Simonstown route :

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 into the town and have a bite to eat or look through the shops during the time the train is stopped at Simonstown. The train returns along the same route back to Cape Town.

Table Bay - Sunset route :

One of the popular charter trips is the Table Bay Sunset trip. Leaving Cape Town, the train swings off behind Montague Gardens. There is a lovely view of the Hottentots Holland Mountains on the right hand side of the train as the train is on a high embankment above Century City and the N1 highway.  There is a siding behind Montague Gardens called Chempet. This is where the locomotive uncouples and changes ends and then travels on the line, which passes through Ysterplaat tunnel.

Alongside the yacht basin that loco once again changes ends and then moves to the parking spot overlooking Table Bay and Robben Island. This spot is beautiful and romantic. It is ideal for photographs and for a relaxing drink whilst watching the sun set.  Passengers have an opportunity to stretch their legs and take pictures and enjoy a drink or take a walk up to the front to see the locomotive while there.  Approximately fifteen minutes later, the train begins the return journey along the same route back to Cape Town.  This train departs from Cape Town in the late afternoon. The timings for this trip depend on the time of the sunset and takes about three and a half hours to complete.