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Vintage Fun For The Whole Family at Simon's Town

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Take a step back into a bygone era by taking a day trip on an Atlantic Rail steam train from Cape Town to Simon's Town.

See also : Take A Walk Down The Long Street

Atlantic Rail run regular day trips around the peninsula from Cape Town to Simon's Town return and the duration of the trip is approximately 5½ hours. The train consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. One of the coaches is a lounge car with a full cash bar service. The steam locomotive used is a Class 24 steam loco built in 1949.

The scenic route starts with the train leaving Cape Town and travelling between the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds to Muizenburg. From there on to False Bay, the view of the ocean is magnificent. The railway line follows the coastline as it travels through the quaint villages of St James and Kalk Bay, then winds through Fish Hoek and Glencairn, finally coming to an end in Simon's Town with a view of the naval dockyard. Passengers are free to explore Simon's Town, stroll to the beach or have a bite to eat at the many cafes and restaurants. The train then returns along the same route back to Cape Town.

Arrival and Departure Timings:
Departs Cape Town: 10 h 30
Arrives Simon's Town: 12 h 00 (approx)
Departs Simon's Town: 15 h 00
Arrives Cape Town: 16 h 40 (approx)

How to Reach: Guests can arrange to be collected and dropped off at Kalk Bay station, but must stipulate this when booking.

Booking and Timings and Contact: Trips are scheduled for Sundays once, twice or three times a month (check the official website for scheduling details).

Booking is Essential: The steam train journeys fill up fast – and reservations can be made by emailing or phoning +27 (0) 21 5561012. Station is roughly 4:40 pm.

Prices are R 220 per adult and R 110 for children aged 3 to 12. Children under 3 years of age travel free."

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