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Magaliesburg Express 2018

Train and Booking Information

Come and join us for a day trip to Magaliesburg on a heritage locomotive and coaches, preserved and crewed with care by a dedicated group of volunteers. 

We are now using also a very exciting new picnic area called Magalies Sleepy River.  This venue is 10 min from the station by bus.  The cost of the bus fare is R75.00 per adult, R40.00 per child (between the ages of 4 to 12) and children under the age of 4 are free.  The bus fare will be collected from you on the train on the day of the train trip.  The venue has an excellent braai area, fully licenced kiosk where they sell ice cold drinks, soft drinks and ice creams.  They also sell wood and ice. The ablution blocks are kept clean the whole day.  They have a lovely big, sparkling, cold water swimming pool, jungle gyms, lots of large mowed grass and more.   You can also buy a ticket for helicopter flips from Capital Air at the picnic area.  The cost per flip is R250.00.  There will soon be a mini market at the facilities.  For further information, please go onto the website  Please bring your swimming costumes and towels with you as well as camping chairs and picnic blanket.

Supervised cab visits are available once the crews have finished servicing the locomotive.
The return journey is the highlight of the day for the passengers, as the climb from Magaliesburg to Krugersdorp is really challenging for the locomotive with all the steep gradients and sharp curves encountered. The locomotives have to work really hard on this section, with the most enjoyable sounds (for the enthusiast) coming from the locomotive. It is said that there is only one man made machine that can express it's emotions, and that's a steam locomotive. Sit back, relax and listen then you'll hear it talking to you...

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 Johannesburg Park Station, platform 14
Johannesburg Park Station- Magaliesburg
Departure from Johannesburg main station 09:00
Arrival at Magaliesburg 11:30

Magaliesburg - Johannesburg Park Station
Departure from Magaliesburg 15:00
Arrival at Johannesburg (scheduled) 17:30
Booking details:
Our Ticket booking office
Cell: +27 (0) 62 743 9200

Payment details
You receive the payment instructions with your reservation details
Directions to the Park Station in Johannesburg
Ticket Prices for 2018
Johannesburg Park Station - Magaliesburg and return:
Per Seat on a day sitter coach
Adults R 295
Children (4-12 Years) R 245
Family special (2adults + 2 Children over 4yrs) R 900
Children under 4yrs Free

Private Compartment:
Seats 6 people (only 4 Compartments available)
Including welcome basket R 2500.00
Without welcome basket R 2000.00

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:
We depart from Platform 14 at Johannesburg Park Station at promptly 09:00 on the day of the trip.

Platform 14 can be accessed through Gate 3 off the main concourse in Park Station.  Due to the rules and regulations of the station we are not allowed to put up banners and signs in the main concourse and the security and staff are not able to help you if you ask where to get the train to Magaliesburg.  Please ask them to direct you to Platform 14 (Shosholoza Meyl line)

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 "Magaliesburg Express" 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 14 latest by 08:40.

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.

Magailesburg Express on board service:
We are reinstating an old Reefsteamers favourite. Enroute, we will be making and selling freshly-made customer-ordered toasted sandwiches from the Lounge Coach’s Kitchenette.

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