Things To Do in KloofUmgeni Steam Train Trip
Where? Kloof Railway Station (Stokers Arms) and Inchanga Railway Station, Kloof, Durban
When? Special excursions on the first Sunday of every month.
Standard excursions on the last Sunday of every month.
Please phone to confirm.
How? Call +27 (0)31 303-3003 or +27 (0)82 353-6003
How much? Price on request
If you're running out of steam on your holiday, take it easy at a train window while still taking in the country, it's countryside and it's history on one of South Africa's oldest steam trains. Steam puffs as a journey runs on railway lines build in the early 1800's serving as one of South Africa's oldest functioning tracks of history.
This local locomotive fleet is a collection of authentic rail beauties including a Class 3BR, a Class 12R, a Class 14R, two Class 19D's, a Garratt GF, a Garratt GMAM and a 1892 vintage Dübs Class-A; all varying in age from 1892 - 1954.
Be pulled by a 1912 locomotive while seated in a carriage built in 1908 accompanied by coaches from the 1930's up some of the steepest railway gradients in South Africa (1:20 -1:50) through one of the oldest running tunnels, Drummond Tunnel (1880) to overlook the Valley of a 1000 Hills with its captivating landscape stretching as far back into history as steam can carry you.
Suitable for lone rangers and social set-ups choo choo your way alone or with the family or a group of friends. Standard excursions explore KwaZulu Natal landscapes on the rails between Kloof and Inchata. Kloof's Stokers Arms Station refreshes locomotive travellers with an ice-cold pub beer at the authentic station restaurant.
The Colonial station of Inchanga has a buzzing Inchanga Craft Market where rail travellers can buy handmade crafts and home-made food. Special excursions take in the scenery of Baynesfiled, Crammond / Bon Accord, Nottingham, Wartburg and Pietermaritzburg on rail.
Annual festivals and fairs, the Comrades Marathon and Carols by Candlelight also stoke up the engine and grease the wheels for a ride to cherish. The Umgeni Railway is the Non Profit Organisation Home of the locomotives that could... and still can.