Steam trains have always captured the imagination of those young and old; there is nothing quite like the huffing and puffing of a locomotive as it pulls a heavy train up a hill.
When the South African Railways cancelled steam on their main lines, a small group of enthusiasts decided to preserve this piece of our history by saving some of the last running steam locomotives in South Africa. This was the birth of the Reefsteamers preservation society. The organisation has a depot based in Germiston, where the magnificent locomotives of yesteryear are loviingly restored in a bustling authentic workshop.
On Saturday 5 August, the Reefsteamers volunteers are having an open day to share their love of trains and their stories about all things steam. The public is invited to share the old-world charm by stepping into a vintage world of steam at the Germiston depot. Catch the Gautrain to Rhodesfield station, where a beautiful old steam loco will depart for Germiston at 09:30am. Spend the morning at the depot to see the static displays and experience the blacksmiths in action in the workshop. There will also be a craft market with unique artisan crafts, food and beverages and entertainment for the kids. Have your steampunk photo taken in a photo booth and win prizes for the best steampunk outfit. At 2:30pm, the loco will chug all the visitors back to Rhodesfield, with an estimated ETA of 3pm.
Book your spot now with firstname.lastname@example.org or call 062 743 9200. Alternatively you can buy your ticket on arrival at Rhodesfield, when you board the train. Tickets cost R250 for adults, R200 for children aged 4-12; kids under 4 are free. The cost of the ticket includes pick-up and drop off at Rhodesfield station and one steampunk-styled photo.
All proceeds go to the upkeep of the depot and the restoration of the great 100 year-old steam loco lady, Susan!