Steam Train to Elgin: A Train Ride from Cape Town to the Elgin Market

Steam Train to Elgin: A Train Ride from Cape Town to the Elgin Market

Enjoy a relaxing, weekend ride through the Western Cape countryside.

Few things are more romantic and enjoyable than a steam-train ride through the countryside… And with Ceres Rail’s fleet of steam trains (namely Jessica, Bailey and Red Devil), you get the full train experience, complete with travelling comforts.

Says Derick du Toit, co-founder of the historic Ceres Rail Company: “The ride to Elgin is one of the Cape’s most scenic routes and has the added bonus of stopping at the steampunk-themed Elgin Railway Market.”

Choo choo your way to Elgin

This family-friendly trip departs from the Royal Cape Yacht Club, near the V&A Waterfront and takes you on a three-hour train ride to Elgin. The train travels up Sir Lowry’s Pass with a double header (two locomotives) where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of mountains, endless rolling hills – and even spot a few sheep and cows along the way.

You’ll enjoy the utmost comfort during your journey in the Dining Car, with hot beverages and savoury snacks served. Should you prefer a beer, bubbly, wine or a soft drink, head to the Bar Car. (Please note: snacks and refreshments are not included in the ticket price).

To market, to market

Once the train pulls into the Elgin station, you will be able disembark, and enjoy three-and-a-half hours at the newly established steampunk-themed Elgin Railway Market. With live music and a dazzling selection of clothing, accessories, ceramics and art stalls, you’ll be able to enjoy all that’s on offer while savouring tantalising street-food and refreshments

Training times

The trains depart from the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town at 8am for an arrival in Elgin at 11am. After that, passengers may explore the Elgin Railway Market before heading back to the Mother City in time for a 5.30pm arrival.

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Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Road Table Bay Harbour Cape Town


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Time of publication: 06 September 2018