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Cape Rail Company

The Ceres Railway Line offers a unique way for visitors to experience the Ceres valley whilst being immersed in 100 year old history.

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Welcome to Cape Rail Company.

We offer a HERITAGE passenger rail experience to various destinations in the Western Cape, departing from the train platform at Harbour Bridge Hotel in Cape Town. We offer day and longer train trips.

Most of our coaches are around 70 years old. They are all lovingly maintained by an enthusiastic crew, who keep them looking as good as new for your comfort. Our coaches are serviced and maintained at our Ceres depot. We create work for the residents of Ceres ,offering contracts for various tasks. We have various coaches each with their own unique seating experience.

We have two Class 19D locomotive #3321 and 3322, (these were manufactured in 1948 in the UK and 235 were placed in service between 1937 and 1949 in South Africa), a Class 19B locomotive #1412, and the very famous, one of a kind South African refurbished in (1981) Class 26, fondly known as the Red Devil. We are also fortunate to have a privately owned Class 24 at our disposal.

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What people say

This was an amazing experience. The bar coach was beautiful and we met interesting people. The views...  -  Ayesha Laher.

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Ayesha Laher

This was an amazing experience. The bar coach was beautiful and we met interesting people. The views were amazing and the Elgin food market is an experience on its own. Staff were friendly and accomodating. I recommend this trip!

Ayesha Laher experienced the Elgin Trip-Bar Lounge Seating

Lizanne Besterfield

Goeie,more,dit was n ongelooflike wonderlike ervaring.Van die opklim tot by Elgin mark was als super class. Die personeel van Ceres railway company was baie behulpsaam en het als mooi verduidelik. Die rit was prentjie mooi en my pa wat Alzheimer's siekte het, het homself in die oomblik so geniet.Ons sal met die fotos hierdie mooi dag nooit vergeet. Baie dankie aan Ceres railway company. Jul is tops,ons sal dit beslis aanbeveel vir enige iemand en ons sal dit weer doen. Claire stoom asb nog lank voort. Andrew en Lizanne Besterfield

Lizanne Besterfield  experienced the Elgin Trip -Compartment Seatig

Marie Bulterman

Wat n lekker ondervinding! Sal beslis aanbeveel vir mense wat dit kan bekostig.

Marie Bulterman experienced the Elgin Trip -Day Sitter Seating

Sue and John Dransfield

We had the most fabulous time! All of the staff were very professional and so helpful... especially Reggie... he had so many interesting train stories and facts to relate! The scenery was lovely (mostly) and there were lots of smiling faces and waving hands along the way... steam trains seem to mesmerize everyone! The service on board was good, the market at Elgin was awesome! Live music, so many choices food and drink wise, with some very interesting craft stalls in between. Really a very special experience for the whole family, from young to old, highly recommended! The organization of and communication about the trip was top class!

Sue and John Dransfield experienced the Elgin Trip - Coupe Seating

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