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Our Own Private Station

Our public trains depart from our own private Hermanstad Station. Very safe and secure, we provide free on-site parking.

To get directions please click here...

Office Phone Hours

Please note that for administrative reasons our office phone (012-767-7913) is presently only manned from 09:00 to 12:00, Monday to Friday. We sincerely apologise for this temporary reduction in our service hours. In the event that your call is very urgent and the phone remains unanswered, please contact Arno directly on his personal number, 082-293-4616.

Travel back in time around Pretoria

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Welcome aboard Friends of the Rail

You've boarded one of our 60-year-old railway coaches at our private Hermanstad Station and settled into your seat, knowing that your car is safe and being looked after by our staff. One of our vintage steam locomotives has chuffed-up and coupled onto the train. The guard has waved his flag, the loco whistle has blown and we're off!

You sit back and completely relax as the city slips effortlessly by, accompanied by the smells and sounds of the steam loco up-front. The coach wheels beneath rap gently over the rail joints -- clack-clack, clack-clack. You cannot help but enjoy train travel in the relaxed way it used to be. You sip hot coffee or cool refreshments from the on-board kiosk and answer your children's many excited questions. You do not have to keep your eyes on the road. You point out the many familiar sights: the Union Buildings, Loftus stadium, UNISA, Gautrain, the 1910 Pretoria station building, etc, all from a different angle. Before you know it, we are back at Hermanstad station and you didn't even have to drive. That wasn't simply train-travel that you've just experienced, that was time-travel as well! Indeed, with us you really do travel back in time. And...   you do not have to dream it!

On this website you will find details of various FOTR steam train excursions to Cullinan and our "Tshwane Xplorer" shorter trips around our beautiful capital city. Our trips are very popular. They fill up fast. Book now for a great day out that you, your children and your friends will remember for a long time to come. Come along with us and in so doing, help us to preserve South Africa's unique railway heritage.

About FOTR


We are proud to be Tshwane-Pretoria's and the nation's premier steam heritage railway club. We have been looking after our capital city's heritage steam locos and running steam train excursions for 25 years and hope to continue well past another 25. Your support is vital and appreciated. As a non-profit recreational club run almost entirely by volunteers, we rely on the revenue generated by our train trips to play our part in keeping the South Africa's proud and unique railway heritage alive and to continue to provide a "living musuem" environment for all our people to experience and enjoy now and into the future. We are passionate about preserving South Africa's unique railway heritage not just for our generation, but also for our children's generation and for their future children's too!


28 February 2016

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Sunday 28 February 2016

Join us on our vintage Diamond Express steam train to Cullinan on Sunday, February 28th departing Hermanstad at 08:00 sharp. You will have up to 4 hours in Cullinan to relax, explore the town, browse the boutiques and to enjoy a leisurely lunch. We suggest that you book a lunch at one of Cullinan's quaint eateries or else bring your basket, chairs, blankets and picnic under the oaks in the park.

Return ticket prices: Adults R250, Pensioners and disabled persons R200, Teenagers (13 - 18) R175, Scholars (7-12) R150, Kids (2-6) R100, Infants (0-1) free. 10% discount for parties of 15 or more persons only when booking directly with FOTR.

You can book directly with FOTR using our handly email booking form (EFT payments only) : bookbutton

Or else book online using your credit card or EFT through Quicket : Quicket

Valentine's Diamond Express

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We regret this train is now FULLY BOOKED. You may contact us by EMAIL ONLY (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to be placed on a waiting list for possible cancellations.Alternativly, to avoid dissapointment you can book now for a later train.

You can book directly with FOTR using our handly email booking form (EFT payments only) : bookbutton

Or else book online using your credit card or EFT through Quicket : Quicket

Train Schedule - 2016

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FOTR's Train Trip Program for first quarter 2016

(Updated: 2016.01.04)

This timetable is subject to change without advance notice as circumstances may dictate. The intended running date and time of each train should be confirmed closer to the advertised running date. Depending on customer demand or for other technical or operational reasons, train dates and departure times may have to be changed, added or cancelled without necessarily updating this list. FOTR will however use its best efforts to keep all booked passengers informed of any changes that might occur.

DateDayTimeOriginDestinationBrief InfoMore Info
14 February 2016 Sunday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Valentine's Diamond Express Click HERE
28 February 2016 Sunday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Diamond Express Click HERE
21 March 2016 Monday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Human Rights Day Diamond Express Click HERE
28 March 2016 Monday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Easter Bunny's Diamond Express Click HERE
10 April 2016 Sunday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Diamond Express Click HERE
27 April 2016 Wednesday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Freedom Day Diamond Express Click HERE

Book now through Click here to book on-line using your credit card or by EFT:


Site planner needed

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FOTR urgently needs a suitably qualified person to take our Hermanstad site sketches, measure and do a survey (if necessary) and convert them into a professional site plan for the infrastructure layout (tracks, buildings, etc) of our Hermanstad depot. Being a non-profit volunteer-run organisation, ideally we need a volunteer to do this for us at little or no cost. The ideal person to do this would either be an architect, civil engineer, draughtsman or planner who knows what is needed on such a plan. If you would like to step up to the plate, please respond by private facebook message or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Charter your own train

Did you know that you or your company can charter your own private steam train? Rent-a-train from FOTR for your staff incentive, product launch, birthday, wedding or just because you can!

Click here to learn more.

School visits welcome

As part of our educational brief, we welcome visits by groups of school children of all ages. We will show them how trains were and can even arrange train rides.

Click here for more information on what we can do for schools.

Hermanstad station shop

Before departure, browse our railway station shop. We have T-shirts, caps, railway books, magazines (new and old) and other railway artifacts on sale. Tea, coffee, cold drinks and "lekkers" also on sale.