Good day Everyone!
We are quite pleased to announce that we will soon be hosting yet another Steam Depot Open Day at our historic old Germiston Steam Locomotive Depot. We have quite an exciting program in mind for you! We are still in the planning stages, but nearly all the people have already committed to participate. As we finalize the event, we will send out an official (and summarized!) flyer with all the details necessary. This text-based teaser notice
is just to whet your appetite.
The Steam Train Trips :
We are negotiating with Gautrain for the use of their parking at Rhodesfield for our event. If so, then you can park your car safely at the Rhodesfield Gautrain station and we will bring you to our depot in central Germiston (and return) by steam train! (Via the nearby commuter line of course) This also means that you can use the Gautrain at a station convenient to you, as well as the associated Gautrain Busses, to get to Rhodesfield to board our train! We will let you know at the beginning of July if we can do this, and will give you the times for our shuttle trains. You could have the unique experience of riding the Gautrain and a vintage steam train one right after the other!
If we cannot use their parking areas, then you can park in the grounds of the Germiston Diesel Depot and make your way to our grounds via the pedestrian subway. But we will still run two steam trains to Rhodesfield regardless.
At the Depot:
We have the following planned for you
· A minimum of three main line steam locomotives will be ‘in steam’ all day.
· A wide assortment of steam locomotives will be on display, under repair or waiting for restoration.
· View our two vintage steam cranes, as well as some rare and unusual machinery.
· The Model Train Shop (Rinke Blok) will have a HO Scale Train Layout on display as well as a sales kiosk.
· The N-Gauge Guild will be showing off their modular N-Scale train layout – always worth a visit!
· Some live steam scale model locomotives (5 inch gauge) will be running on a portable track outside our forge, and pulling passengers.
· There will be a selection of live steam model locomotive on static display.
· There will be a display of scale model stationary engines, many of which will be running.
· Some full sized stationary engines will be displayed and running. (Oil, gas, petrol or diesel.)
· A Pratt and Witney radial engine will be on display.
· We will take people on guided tours of our depot, the running sheds and the real steam workshop.
We will offer driver experiences whereby members of the public can drive a REAL steam locomotive (a 25NC), with a short train, around our turning track and up the sidings. This will be done under guidance from a qualified driver, of course. Participants will receive a certificate to commemorate the event.
· There will be an open air display of vintage Austin cars.
· Of the locomotives in the yard, you are welcome to get up close and climb into the cab where the crew them will show you how they work.
· There will be a display stand showing a range of steam train videos.
· Locally produced limited edition steam train books and DVD’s will be for sale.
· We will have steam train-themed tee-shirts available for the kids.
· Kango the Kitchen Car will be selling cinnamon pancakes, freshly made boerewors rolls and curry n’ rice.
· We will have an outside eating area set up in a grassy area where you can see everything that is going on, or you can eat within a dining coach.
· Our licensed bar coach will be open, selling beers, malts, wines and spirits. Tuck shop-type foods will also be available.
· De Garwe Brewery will have a stand for the sampling and sales of their speciality hand-crafted beers.
So, you can see that there will be lots to see and do! So start planning ahead for a steam train flavoured day with us Saturday, 28th July! We will let you know of the confirmed details at the beginning of July.
Hoping to see you there!
Lee Gates (Reefsteamers’ Documenter)
PO Box 1736, Germiston 1400
Republic of South Africa
Tel: ++27 (0)11 888 1154
Bank Name : ABSA
Branch Code : 632 005
Account or Beneficiary's Name: Reefsteamers.
Account Number: 912 431 8506