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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 we regret that for various reasons our office phone (012-767-7913) is presently only sporadically manned from 09:00 to 12:00, Monday to Friday. We sincerely apologise for this temporary reduction in our service hours. We recommend that you avoid calling and contact us whenever possible by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

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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!

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10 December 2016

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Saturday, 10 December 2016: "Diamond Express" to Cullinan

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Bringing back memories! Happy pensioners enjoying the experience aboard our train

Our trains fill rapidy. Please book now for this or any other train to avoid disappointment!

Join us on our vintage Diamond Express steam train to Cullinan departing our private Hermanstad Station 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 online at Quicket or else directly with FOTR (regret this discount is NOT available at Computicket).

Book online using your debit or credit card or EFT with "Quicket Online". Click the logo here:

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Or you can book directly with FOTR sales office using our handly email booking form (we only accept EFT payments - no credit cards) here :

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Those wishing to book a private coach or arrange a charter trip should contact the FOTR sales office directly by phone or email.

The small print: Terms, conditions and limitations of liability apply to FOTR bookings and trips. Please read our terms, conditions and limitation of Liability here:Passenger information

11 December 2016

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Sunday, 11 December 2016: Santa's "Diamond Express" to Cullinan

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Our trains fill rapidy. Please book now for this or any other train to avoid disappointment!

Join us on our vintage Diamond Express steam train to Cullinan departing our private Hermanstad Station 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 online at Quicket or else directly with FOTR (regret this discount is NOT available at Computicket).

Book online using your debit or credit card or EFT with "Quicket Online". Click the logo here:

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Or you can book directly with FOTR sales office using our handly email booking form (we only accept EFT payments - no credit cards) here :

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Those wishing to book a private coach or arrange a charter trip should contact the FOTR sales office directly by phone or email.

The small print: Terms, conditions and limitations of liability apply to FOTR bookings and trips. Please read our terms, conditions and limitation of Liability here:Passenger information

16 December 2016

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Friday, 16 December 2016: Santa's "Diamond Express" to Cullinan

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Santa poses with a crew member in front of class 19D number 2650.

Our last train of this year! Please book now for this train to avoid disappointment! Next train will be in February 2017.

Join us on our vintage Diamond Express steam train to Cullinan departing our private Hermanstad Station 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 online at Quicket or else directly with FOTR (regret this discount is NOT available at Computicket).

Book online using your debit or credit card or EFT with "Quicket Online". Click the logo here:

Quicket

Or you can book directly with FOTR sales office using our handly email booking form (we only accept EFT payments - no credit cards) here :

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Those wishing to book a private coach or arrange a charter trip should contact the FOTR sales office directly by phone or email.

The small print: Terms, conditions and limitations of liability apply to FOTR bookings and trips. Please read our terms, conditions and limitation of Liability here:Passenger information

Train Schedule - 2016

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FOTR's Train Trip Program for 2016

(Updated: 2016.11.29)

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.

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Date Day Time Origin Destination Brief Info More Info
03 December 2016 Saturday 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 Quicket.co.za. Click here to book on-line using your credit card or by EFT:

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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.