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CAPE TOWN • ELGIN

Every Weekend

ELGIN

On weekends as per advertised dates, Ceres Rail Company will be offering a day trip to the Elgin Railway Market.

Departing at 08h00 from the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town, you will enjoy a 3 hour train journey
to Elgin where you will leisurely spend 3.5 hours at the newly established, Art Deco & Art Nouveau inspired, Elgin Railway Market.
While enjoying live music, you can pander through the selection of tantalising food and beverage stalls as well as a wide selection of home grown wines for your enjoyment.
Departing from Elgin at 14:30 you will embark on your relaxing train journey back to Cape Town with your estimated arrival time being 17h30.

Tickets: R750 per Adult / R500 per Child / Infants under 2 – FREE
Duration:
9.5 Hours
Inclusions: Train Trip
Exclusions: Goods for sale at the Elgin Railway Market

Departure Point: Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town

THE SOUTHERNER

Cape Town – Bredasdorp – Cape Town

31 March – 2 April

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The Southerner – Cape Town to Ceres to Cape Town

Dates Available: 31st March 2019 – Tuesday 2nd April 2019

This rail-tour is based on similar trips operated by Ceres Rail to Bredasdorp but caters primarily for railway enthusiasts visiting the Stars of Sandstone event occurring a week later. The itinerary is set out on a 3-day schedule starting in Cape Town on Sunday 31st March 2019 and ending in Cape Town on Tuesday 2nd April.

Overnight accommodation is provided at a Caledon hotel on the evenings of the 31st March 2019 and 1st April with breakfast and supper included. Lunches are provided either at a stop or on the train.

A number of quality photo-runpasts arranged by experienced railway photographers are planned for on the journey.

The Ceres Rail train consists mainly of 1948 built coaches that have been refurbished, and in some cases modernised with comfortable contemporary furnishings, and includes a lounge/bar car, a pillared dining car (Selati built 1927) and an observation car at the rear. The rest of the train is made up of compartment coaches, which allow passengers some privacy if they require. The Ceres Rail coach livery is not SAR red & grey, but a medium red, not unlike the old livery of New Zealand Railways.

The locomotive will be an oil burning Class 19D 4-8-2, either Nos. 3321 or 3322 (North British 1948). Ceres Rail reserves the right to substitute other classes or Transnet (national rail operator) traction if circumstances require

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Arrival in Cape Town

The assumption is made that most overseas passengers will arrive in Cape Town the day before (Saturday) and enjoy a day and evening in Cape Town (accommodation is at own cost).

Sunday 31st March 2019: Table Bay Harbour (TBH) – Caledon

Departure: 09h00
Loco: 19D
Train consist: 5 Ceres Rail passenger coaches (red livery) including dining car, lounge and bar car.
Planned Runpasts: 1 Departing TBH, 2 Sir Lowry’s Pass, 2 Caledon Area

Light lunch on train

We travel over the spectacular Sir Lowry’s and Houwhoek Passes. We have a short water stop at Elgin where passengers can visit the Elgin Railway Market where craft beers, coffee and other attractions are on sale

Arrive Caledon 18h00. Transfer by bus to the Caledon Casino Hotel for overnight accommodation. Supper and breakfast at hotel.

Monday 1st April 2019: Caledon – Bredasdorp – Caledon

An early departure for a long day on the train, but one that should be photographically rewarding.

Departure: 07h00
Loco: 19D
Train consist: 5 Ceres Rail passenger coaches
Runpasts: 5 between Caledon and Bredasdorp

We proceed into the scenic Southern Cape wheat-lands, arriving at Bredasdorp at about 12h30.

Lunch at Bredasdorp station. Once the locomotive had been watered and turned, we retrace our steps to Caledon

Departure: 13h45
Loco: 19D
Train consist: 5 Ceres Rail passenger coaches
Runpasts: 4 between Bredasdorp and Caledon

Arrive at Caledon at about 20h00. Transfer to the Caledon Casino Hotel for overnight accommodation. Supper and breakfast at hotel.

Depending on the actual running times of the train, arrangements can be made to transfer a limited number of passengers from Krige (about an hour earlier) to the Caledon hotel by road.

Tuesday 2 April 2019: Caledon – Table Bay Harbour

A slightly later departure after yesterday’s trip!

Departure: 8h30
Loco: 19D
Train consist: 5 Ceres Rail passenger coaches
Runpasts: 6 between Caledon and Steenbras

We return to Cape Town. We travel over the spectacular Houwhoek and Sir Lowry’s Passes. There will be an extended water stop at Elgin where passengers visit the Elgin Railway Market for a light lunch.

Arrival in Cape Town (Table Bay Harbour) will be in the late afternoon (approximately 18h00), where the tour ends.

The actual arrival time is dependent on fitting in with the other trains’ schedules in the Cape Town area and delays could occur. It is strongly recommended that passengers overnight in Cape Town and do not make any connecting flight bookings for that evening

The itinerary is based on arrangements made at the current time and may be altered to meet prevailing operating requirements – however, every effort will be made to follow the schedule advertised here. The tour is subject to a minimum booking of 40 passengers

Tickets: R10 500 per person sharing
Duration: 3 Days

Pax: 50 passengers per trip (40 pax minimum)

Inclusions: Train Trip
Departure Point: Opposite the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Road, Cape Town Harbour, Cape Town

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TULBAGH • CERES

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As part of our day trip, our train will stop at Tulbagh Road Station (at around 10:45) to pick up passengers that would like to do this short journey through Mitchell’s Pass with us. Upon arrival in Ceres, passengers can book for a lovely lunch after which the train will depart back to Tulbagh Road Station (at around 15:00) where passengers will disembark.

Beers, ciders, wines, bubbly, cold drinks, tea, coffee, muffins, cupcakes, sandwiches, crisps, biltong, droewors, and chocolates are for sale on the train.
Please bring cash for this as we do not have card facilities.

Lunch (please ensure that you have booked lunch if you want this included) is at Ceres Golf Club in the Dining room. Drinks can be purchased at the Bar. They do have card facilities.

Tickets: R250 per Adult / R200 per Child / Infants under 2 – FREE
Duration:
4 Hours
Inclusions: Train Trip
Exclusions: Lunch

Departure Point: Tulbagh Road Station

Itinerary: Train departs from Cape Town at 07:30 to arrive at Tulbagh Road Station at around 10:45. Train will arrive in Ceres at 12:00 and depart again at 14:00. Arrival back at Tulbagh Road Station will be around 15:00 from where the train carries on to Cape Town, arriving at 18:30.

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CAPE TOWN • CERES

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We depart from outside the Royal Cape Yacht Club at 07:30. We then make our way to Ceres, travelling through Wellington, Nuwekloof Pass, Wolseley, Michell’s Pass and then reach Ceres Golf Estate at about 12:00.
At Ceres Golf Estate, passengers disembark and then can, if they book for lunch with us, have a buffet style lunch at Ceres Golf Club. Passengers returning to Cape Town board the train again for departure back to Cape Town at around 13:45 to leave at 14:00.

We then take the same route back to Cape Town for an expected arrival of around 18:30. ( We take 120 passengers per trip. )

Beers, ciders, wines, bubbly, cold drinks, tea, coffee, muffins, cupcakes, sandwiches, crisps, biltong, droewors, and chocolates are for sale on the train.
Please bring cash for this as we do not have card facilities.

Lunch (please ensure that you have booked lunch if you want this included) is at Ceres Golf Club in the Dining room. Drinks can be purchased at the Bar. They do have card facilities.

Tickets: R800 per Adult / R500 per Child / Infants under 2 – FREE
Duration:
11 Hours
Inclusions: Train Trip
Exclusions: Lunch (unless booked)
Departure Point: Opposite the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Road, Cape Town Harbour
Itinerary: * Depart Cape Town 07:30 * Arrive Ceres 12:00 * Depart Ceres 14:00 * Arrive Cape Town 18:30