The Ceres Railway track was originally built at the turn of the 20th century, starting in July 1910 and was completed in May 1912. The line was built using second hand material and the engineers responsible for the building work was Mr’s Heatlie, Warren and Bromley.

Part of Ceres Rail Company’s mission is to help preserve and promote South African Rail Heritage, which involves restoring and refurbishing old locomotives and coaches.

So far we have a Class 19D locomotive #3321, named Jessica, (these were manufactured in 1948 in the UK and 235 were placed in service between 1937 and 1949 in South Africa), a Class 19B locomotive #1412, named Bailey, and the very famous, one of a kind South African built (1981) Class 26, fondly known as the Red Devil.




The Ceres Railway Line offers a unique way for visitors to experience the Ceres valley whilst being immersed in 100 year old history.

Ceres is one of the biggest deciduous fruit producing areas in the Western Cape and features breath-taking scenery, exciting activities including cherry picking in summer and snowy visits in winter, and a plethora of indigenous fynbos in and around Ceres.


Upcoming Events

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