Garden Route Steam Train Project

Name and background of
applicant / developer
Calitzdorp Tourism
Core focus sector Tourism
Total project investment
ZAR3 million for Tuk Tuks and steam train
Full contact details of project lead Mike Muuren, +27 83 285 4751;; Mr Fanus Truter, +27  (0)44 802 0299;

This is a proposal which would provide tourist and commuter rail transport through a large area of the Garden Route. Classic Rail is currently in negotiations with Transnet Freight Rail and various divisions of the local and provincial government to finalise a 20-year concession, which will allow the company to operate trains on the line.

In its original format, the proposal included Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn only, but as the lines exist to Mossel Bay, it could be extended. Included is Calitzdorp (existing train turnaround with an ungraded station), Oudtshoorn, George and Mossel Bay, all on the existing railway network. Although the railway network already exists and on the whole is unacceptable condition, it may require repair and upgrading in some areas.