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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!


7 August 2016

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Sunday, 7 August 2016: Tshwane Xplorer and Open Day at Hermanstad

Please note: This trip has been rescheduled from 9th August. We regret that Tuesday 9th August train has been cancelled. Tickets issued for that date will now be valid on this 7th August train.

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On Sunday 7 August 2016, FOTR will have a festive Open Day at its own private Hermanstad Station. Starting at 10:00 am there will be all sorts of activities including live music, braais (bring your own food), food stalls, and short train rides within the depot. Bring your own cooler box.

Entrance fees: R20 per adult. R10 per child under 12.

At 13:30 our vintage steam train leaves on an afternoon Tshwane Xplorer trip. This year, due to unavoidable line closures for maintenance, we will be travelling northwards out through Wonderboom Poort, Pretoria North and into the country past Bon Accord. We travel through the fascinatiing large Pyramid South TFR yard and turn the train around on the balloon there before returning to our station. This trip will be of about 2.5 hours duration and take in some of Pretoria's northern suburbs and the open countryside to the north of the city. Bring your cooler box on board.

Advance bookings for the Tshwane Xplorer are essential. Please book early! Seats sell quickly and we cannot guarantee that any will be available on the day.

Ticket prices:

Adults: R200, Pensioners and disabled persons: R175, Teenagers 13 to 18: R150, children 7 to 13: R125, Children 2 to 6: R75, Infants under 2: free.  10% discount for parties of 15 or more persons (discount NOT available at Computicket).

Book online using your credit or debit card or by EFT through Quicket : Quicket

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


The small print: Terms, conditions and limitations of liability apply to all FOTR bookings and train trips. Important: Please read our Terms, Conditions and Limitations of Liability here: Passenger information

Train Schedule - 2016

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FOTR's Train Trip Program for 2016

(Updated: 2016.05.09)

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.


Date Day Time Origin Destination Brief Info More Info
07 August 2016 Sunday 13:30 Hermanstad Tshwane North circular route Winter's Tshwane Xplorer  
04 September 2016 Sunday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Spring Day Diamond Express Click HERE
24 September 2016 Saturday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Heritage Day and National Braai Day Diamond Express Click HERE
30 October 2016 Sunday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Diamond Express Click HERE
26 November 2016 Saturday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Diamond Express Click HERE
02 December 2016 Friday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Diamond Express Click HERE
10 December 2016 Saturday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Santa's Diamond Express Click HERE
11 December 2016 Sunday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Santa's Diamond Express Click HERE
16 December 2016 Friday 08:00 Hermanstad Cullinan Santa's Diamond Express Click HERE

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


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.