SA Steam Railways


On the bellow Map we show you the actual Steam Train Operators


South African narrow gauge lines from 1900
Number Line opening closure coment
1 Upington – Kakamas 1926 1949 A
2 Kalabas Kraal – Hopefield – Saldanha 1903 1926 A
3 Knysna forest railway 1907 1949
4 Port Elizabeth – Avontuur / Patensie (Apple Express) 1905 E, (1)
5 Fort Beaufort – Seymor 1926 1940 A
6 Port Shepstone – Harding 1911 2006 C
7 Sezela, Sugar railway system 1970's
8 Umzinto – Donnybrook / Umzimkulu 1908 1986 B
8 Ixopo-Umzimkulu (Paton Express) 2000 D, 1
9 Mid Illofo – Umlaas Road 1911 1980's
10 Stranger – Kearsney 1901 1948
11 Escourt – Weenen 1907 1980's
12 Elandshoek – Mt.Carmel 1925 1931
13 Pienaarsrivier – Tuniplaas 1906 1923
13 Sandstone Estates, private narrow gauge railway 1998 F, 1

Line scrapped
A Re-gauged to cape gauge
B Parts of the line stolen in 1999-2000, rest scrapped / removed to Paton Express
C Efforts to re-open the line from Itzosha to Harding stopped be ignorancy and bureaucracy
D Re-opende branch line of the Umzinto - Donnybrook system
E Last remaining narrow gauge line with Transnet train operation
F Private railway, spontanously visites are not possible. Operates some trains on special
1 Steam trains (see Timetables)