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Irene Steam Train 2018

Train, Booking and Irene Information

Come and catch a majestic steam train from Rhodesfield Station to Irene Station. Enjoy the relaxing steam train trip to Irene: listen to the sound and watch the different view you only have with a train.
At Irene you will have the choice to explore different locations:
The Irene Dairy Farm, Irene Village Market.
In order to arrange shuttle service from Irene station when booking please indicate which location you wish to visit. Upon arrival at Irene station, marked busses will shuttle you to the destination you have required

You are kindly asked to book the train tickets to the location you like. The train tickets include the train ride on the steam train from Rhodesfiels to Irene and back to Rhodesfield.

Steam can be substituted by diesels as last resort when all steam traction is down because of unexpected failure or maintenance

Travel timetable:
Trains depart from Rhodesfield PRASA station
Rhodesfield - Irene
Departure from Rhodesfield station 10:00
Arrival at Irene 10:50

Irene - Rhodesfield
Departure from Irene 14:00
Arrival at Rhodesfield (scheduled) 15:00
Booking details:
Our Ticket booking office
Cell: +27 (0) 62 743 9200)11 8

Payment details
You receive the payment instructions with your reservation details
Directions to the Rhodesfield PRASA Station
Ticket Prices 2018
Rhodesfield - Irene - Rhodesfield:
Per Seat on a day sitter coach
Adults R 280
Children (4-12 Years) R 230
Family Special (2 adults + 2 Children over 4) R 850
Children under 4 Years

Private Compartment:
Seats 6 adults (only 4 compartments available)
Including welcome basket R 2400.00
Without welcome basket R 1900.00

Private Coach hire: R 35000.00

Please do not board the train without a ticket or confirming payment.
Kindly note that payment is required up front to confirm your booking. All provisional bookings will be removed from the booking list 72 hours prior the scheduled departure date.

Terms & Conditions
Remember that all seats and compartments are allocated on a first PAID basis, not on a first booked basis.
General Train Info:
The times shown for the trips are our scheduled times, however, should there be any delays caused by Transnet / PRASA or the track infrastructure, Reefsteamers is not liable for the delays. 

The Reefsteamers "Irene Steam Special" usually runs with the following consist
1).  Six 'Day-Sitter' coaches.  These are laid out like a road going bus with 2 + 3 bench seating and full length baggage shelves.
2).  A bar coach with very comfy sofa type seats.
All coaches have toilets located at each end of the coach.
On our Steam Trains the booking assistant is also your friendly ticket agent and will help you to find your seats, if you need some help.  Our train trips are by bookings only - so please contact the booking office first to avoid disappointments,  No cash payment will be accepted on the train.
The tickets will be emailed two days before the trip.  Please make sure that you are on the platform latest by 09:40.

The ticket fees do not include refreshments, although the train includes a bar car for drinks and refreshments.
Toasted sandwiches, pancakes and muffins (when available), sweets, crisps and cool drinks are available from our kitchen car.

Please note that there is a no smoking policy on our train, which is in line with the Government's policy on smoking in public areas
Reefsteamers coaches are 'Right of Admission Reserved', thus we reserve the right
to ask you to disembark at any point on the journey should you have not paid for the trip or be causing discomfort to other passengers due to unruly behaviour.

Irene Info:

The Irene Dairy Farm

Welcome to the Irene Dairy Farm
Irene Dairy Farm is a picturesque gem that nestles between the sprawling cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. A visit to this old-style, storybook dairy farm is a must. Started in 1895, the Irene Dairy Farm has been run the whole time by the van der Byl family who are now on to five generations and has become an iconic landmark in the Gauteng countryside.
The Dairy Shop sells certified raw milk (one of the last places to do so) that is produced right there on the Irene Farm. The old gallon buckets of fresh farm milk are a sight unique to Irene.

The Shop also has a wide range of cheeses, cakes, rusks and other fresh fare, including a favourite of the locals who frequent the shop is the Irene Dairy’s unique and luxurious thick cream which can’t be found anywhere else and is a must for scones with afternoon tea.

Moving through the farmyard, visitors should stop by the Deck or the Barn Restaurants, both of which serve a wide variety of freshly-made breakfast and lunch options. The Barn Restaurant, which retains so much authentic ambience, because it is situated in one of the original farm barns, also serves sumptuous breakfast and lunch buffets every weekend.In addition, the Barn boasts a 100-seat conference and function venue, perfect for weddings, year-end functions and staff parties. Functions at the Irene Farm Conference Centre enjoy the same top-class food and service that the Barn Restaurant offers.

To make a booking at The Barn Restaurant please visit the website or contact Irene Farm on 012 667 4822

Please Note:
- Irene Farm does not accept cash for payment. It does however accept all major credit and debit cards

- The Barn Restaurant serves a wonderful ala carte menu.
- The fact that the Barn Restaurant makes everything fresh to order, food will take between 30-35 minutes to be delivered.
Bookings are essential at The Barn Restaurant

Only food and beverages purchased at Irene Dairy Shop or Restaurants my be consumed on the farm
At the Deck Restaurant no table reservations are possible

A booking on the train does not automaticly mean a booking at the Barn Restaurant. Please contact the Barn Restaurant directly

The Big Red Barn

The Big Red Barn is a wonder-filled space where all kinds of Big Red Fun things can happen. Our Barn is an antique hay barn which we salvaged and rebuilt on Sunlawns Estate, a 200 hectare farm just 15 minutes from Centurion. The Big Red Barn is next to a 20 acre Eucalyptus forest, and looks out over an expansive vista of fields, grasslands and the Kaal River.

OLIFANTS CAFE AT THE BIG RED BARN NO SELF-CATERING Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 – 16:30
Come and join us for for an early morning Big Red Barn Breakfast, a lunchtime pizza baked in our wood fired oven with farm fresh salad or a cappuccino with a slice of wicked home-made cake. We also cater for all types of functions from weddings, corporate events and kids parties

ACROBRANCH: TREE ADVENTURES FOR ALL AGES It’s fast, it’s good family fun, it’s Acrobranch. If you haven’t tried the adventure sport everybody is talking about, then it is time to get into the fresh air and take a walk on the wild side and a swing through the trees. The Big Red is proud to have the unique energy packed tree adventure company as its tenant. This unique, energy packed adventure sport is fantastic for children and adults. Not only is it all round fun, but it is a great activity to build children’s confidence, co-ordination and gross motor skills.

CYCLE PARK Open daily (including public holidays) from sunrise to sunset. Ready to get peddling? Trail Runners are also welcome. The Big Red Barn set on Sunlawns Estate is the perfect place for mountain biking. There are 36 kms of scenic tracks which weave and wind through a a shady gum tree forest, over rocky African grasslands and farm fields and criss cross the Kaalspruit.

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