Ready, steady, let’s traverse the trails at twilight
Atlantic Rail Steam Train to Simon’s Town
A scenic day trip along Cape Town’s Atlantic coast
Escape the crush of Cape Town’s city bowl, let off some steam and hop on to the Atlantic Rail for a day trip to Simon’s Town and the surrounding Cape Peninsula. Take a journey down memory lane aboard the Class 24 steam locomotive, a nostalgic iron horse built in 1949 that claims vintage wooden coaches dating back to1922 and 1938; the train comes complete with a lounge car and a full cash bar service.
The 5 ½-hour return trip winds its way along the rugged coast of False Bay, through villages scrambling up the steep mountain slopes and along the Cape Peninsula’s beautiful coves and beaches.
More specifically, departing from Cape Town station at 10:30am, the train travels between the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds to Muizenburg, on to False Bay for a spectacular close-up of the ocean, above the rocks and the quaint village of Kalk Bay, through Fish Hoek and Glencairn, and finally, the journey comes to an end in Simon’s Town, with a view of the naval dockyard.
Passengers are free to spend the day perusing the town as they will: grab a bite, lounge on the beach or stroll through the town. The train departs for Cape Town, along the same route, at 3pm.
Guests need to stipulate when booking if they need to be collected and dropped-off at Kalk Bay station.
Train Schedule for the Atlantic Rail
- 23 September 2012 (Fully booked)
- 7 October 2012
- 21 October 2012
- 4 November 2012
- 18 November 2012
- 2 December 2012
- 16 December 2012
- 30 December 2012
Tickets: Adults R220p/p | Children (3-12 years) R110p/p
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