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Please be aware that FOTR only takes bookings directly on this Website, by Phone on 012-767-7913 or 082-098-6186, or through Computicket (on-line at or at Computicket's offices and Checkers/Hyperama Money-Market counters). FOTR cannot be held responsible for any unauthorised or fraudulently sold tickets and any such tickets purchased will not be valid for travel on FOTR trains. In addition, any monies paid for such unauthorised or fraudulant tickets will not be refundable by either FOTR or Computicket.


Earlier departure time! Due to construction work, our Cullinan "Diamond Express" trains will depart from Hermanstad at 08:00 (instead of 08:30) until further notice. Please be at our station to check-in at least 30 minutes prior to this.

Public Train Trips

Construction work

Construction work taking place. Departure time now 08:00

Passengers travelling on our Cullinan Diamond Express train must please note that major construction work is taking place on a section the line between Eerste Fabrieke and Panpoort. This can cause delays because trains cannot pass each other in this section and we may be forced to wait for those trains. This is a real safety consideration. Delays because of this, when they do occur (and only some of our trains experience such delays), are beyond our control but rest assured we do everything possible to ensure we can get moving as soon as possible. The result of this is that some journey durations have unfortunately been extended to about 3 hours instead of the 2.5 hours we advertise. We do ask for your tolerance if and when this occurs. Sit back, relax and enjoy the old-time journey. Consider it part of the experience.

Because of this and to ensure, as best we can, sufficient time for you to enjoy the village and have lunch, we have advanced the departure time of our Cullinan trains by half an hour to 08:00 instead of 08:30. Late arriving passengers are also one of the main causes of late departures whcih also causes late arrivals at Cullinan. Please be on time at Hermanstad, aiming to arrive and check-in at least 30 minutes before the advertised departure time.

Steam train trips and more

Steam train excursions - and more!

Join Friends of the Rail on a genuine heritage steam train excursion. FOTR runs frequent public vintage train trips to various destinations in the vicinity of the nations' capital, Tshwane-Pretoria. Enjoy a day out or ride for just a few hours relaxing to the sound of our steam locomotive chuffing away up front!

Click here to go to our train trips page to see what is on our program and to make a booking. Our train trips are very popular and fill up quickly, so check them out now!

Friends ofthe Rail can also arrange private and corporate charter train trips for sepcial occasions. Staff incentives, product launches, birthdays, weddings, tourist charters; we can do them all.

Click here to find out more about chartering your own train or hiring a private passenger coach on a scheduled trip.

Keen amateur and professional photographers will enjoy the specialised photogalas we run from time to time. We stage and exercise our locomotives and train in and around our depot starting in the soft dawn light to enable photographers to take splendid action steam locomotive and railway shots.

Click here to find out more about FOTR's upcoming photgraphic events.

FOTR holds meeetings from time to time which usually incorporate  an interesting speaker who is connected to the railway world. At other times, photographers show off their historic and current slides and photographs.

Click here to find out more about FOTR's upcoming meetings and talks.

You may also use the menu bar above to select from a choice of options. If you have questions or need further information, please contact our sales office at 012-548-4090.