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During Novemberthe same locomotive was used to test the British Rail- Brecknell Willis single-arm high speed pantograph, then still under development, as part of the SAR’s research towards introducing a new high speed MetroBlitz service between Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Yes, it really is a full-size bath in deluxe suites only! There’s no also a Jo’burg to Durban Premier Classe train. By a large number of the Class 6E were still in service and allocated to depots in both networks, but by Class 6Es were rarely seen, most having been withdrawn and replaced by rebuilt Class 18E locomotives. Shosholoza Meyl tourist class trains are perfectly safe to travel on, and can even be recommended for families and women travelling alone.
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Locomotives of the South African Railways 1st ed. I walked down s;oornet escalator which was out of order and found the Premier Classe lounge and ‘check-in’. Photos courtesy of Jeroen van Marle. A brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item including handmade items.
Tourist class berths aren’t allocated when booking, reservation lists are posted at the departure station. I met some of my fellow travellers and enjoyed a drink as the train lazily snaked through the suburbs of Johannesburg.
South African Class 6E
When there was no compressed air in the unit’s system to raise a pantograph to grain up, a pantograph hook stick was used to manually raise the pantograph. Luxury compartments cost a bit more and are almost identical, but have a full size bath yes, really and a video.
Staff were uniformly cheerful and helpful, which more than made up for the occasional lack of sophistication. The timetable on the Shosholoza Meyl website only shows about 4 intermediate stops between Cape Town and Jo’burg, but in fact the train seemed to stop at every significant settlement en route, outside of the Cape Town and Jo’burg Metrorail areas.
Excess can be sent in the baggage car for R4 per item.
You can request a Premier Classe booking online at www. Why on earth have I been driving or traain to Cape Town for all these years? Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links. Views Read Edit View history. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions – opens in a new window or tab This amount includes applicable customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees.
Photos courtesy of Adam Edwards. Indeed, there is a new initiative for tourists using the Cape Town to Simon’s Town train service to tour the coast.
From onwards, the Blue Train switches to a novel night-day-night schedule, a slower schedule but one less susceptible to delays and with additional off-train excursions. E, was modified for experiments in high speed traction by re-gearing the traction motors, installing SAR-designed Scheffel bogies and fitting a streamlined nose cone on the no. Retrieved on 15 April Sunday also some Fridays.
See all condition definitions – opens in a new window or tab I would definitely do it again, and I think incorporate it into my next trip to South Africa. Two more were built for Iscor for use at the Sishen mine.
Once at the parking lot of the station it wasn’t too bad at all. Soornet train was derailed and at least one of the carriages caught fire. South-Eastwards as far as Volksrust 2nd part by Les Pivnic. Highly recommended by travellers, who give Premier Classe rave reviews.
I even managed to do some game spotting from the train as it passed along the edge of Kruger Park for an hour or so – 1 rhino, 2 giraffe, buffalo, kudu, hippo, impala.