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Steam Train to Elgin - Voucher - Day Seating

Cape Town

Dates available for booking are 21,28 January, and 4, 11, 18, 25, 26 February 2023! 11 February 2023 to Ceres (Steam-only)!

Activity Description

Ceres Rail Company offers a magnificent return trip to the Elgin Railway Market aboard our historic passenger train. Our train is usually hauled by a heritage steam locomotive and a diesel, but at times, due to the fire risk and other events beyond our control, the trip may be hauled by two diesel locomotives.

The journey begins at 07h45 from the platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel and Suites, Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town. Once aboard you will enjoy a 3-hour rail experience to Elgin, traveling through the beautiful Cape, up the majestic Sir Lowrys Pass, and then down into the Elgin Valley. We have a fully licensed cash bar on board as well as a dining car providing coffee and other snacks. Various books and memorabilia are also available for purchase onboard. We also have a card machine to make life easier.

Our destination is the fabulous Art Deco & Art Nouveau inspired Elgin Railway Market (www.elginrailwaymarket.co.za) where you will spend a few hours at your leisure. At the market, whilst enjoying the live music, you can wander through the many stalls offering delicious food, a wide selection of local wines, ciders and gin. Various bespoke craft stalls selling a wide range of goods including jewellery, leather goods, wire art, etc are also on site. There is a wonderful play area outside for the children to enjoy too.
We depart from Elgin at 14h15 , arriving back Cape Town at approximately 18h00.

07h45 Depart from platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites (33.9135° S, 18.4260° E), Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
11h15 Arrive in Elgin
14h15 Departure from Elgin
18:15 Arrive back in Cape Town

We are so excited to have you on board!

Arrangements

Duration10 hours 15 minutes
WhenThe service is available all year round, generally operating on Saturdays and Sundays.
WhereThe train platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites, Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town
WeatherThis service runs in all weather conditions.
What to WearComfortable clothing. Closed footwear is advised.
Things to BringCash or Cards for goods sold on the train and at the market. A jersey or light-jacket should the weather change.
Guests or Spectators

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

The rail journey from Cape Town to Elgin Railway Market (Elgin) and back.
Unforgettable memories

ExclusionsFood, Drinks, all personal purchases are for your own account. We do have a card machine on board.

Notes

For information regarding wheelchair access, please email bookings@ceresrail.co.za
We do not permit own food or drinks on board, but we do allow baby foods and items related to health conditions
No smoking is permitted.

Customer Reviews

The train trip was amazing and nostalgic and the train staff were very professional and friendly. I do however think the lay-over time at the Elgin Farm Market is too long for the limited number of things to do and see. Thank you - Johann Steyl


Most enjoyable outing. All staff on the train were super friendly & helpful. Best chocolate brownies ever!!! For me market stop could be shorter but I'm sure not everyone would agree. Highly recommended - Margie Wacher


I can't say enough good stuff about this day on the tracks ! We loved every moment of the journey . Coming home late with all our treasures from the flea market in Elgin . We ordered some sparkling wine to toast our fabulous day ! Thanks so much - JANINE BRUINENBERG


Hello guys, oh my word, the service was stunning, our trip to Elgin was my best train ride ever, the staff was so friendly n helpful, I really enjoyed it, will do it again, thank you ?[?] - Aziza Eagleson


An exciting day, from the Cape Town harbour through the city outerlimits into the country side winding up into the mountains. Beautiful views all along the way. Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. The Elgin market was superb. Was sad to see the destruction of rail facilities along the way caused by an ineffective national government. Thanks to the Ceres Rail Company and volunteers who have worked hard to keep their system going and improving it constantly. , Wish you everything of the best for the future. We will definitely be back as it was a wonderful day. - Rob Whitelaw





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