Association incorporated under Section 21 (Registration nos. 1994/05381/08) RAILWAY SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (PRESERVATION GROUP) NATAL USR ACTIVITY UPDATE I’m afraid there is good news and bad news on the local train front… First of all – the bad news is that Transnet has cancelled this weekend’s train from Pietermaritzburg to Baynesfield due to there being no diesels available. This is apparently because of the massive derailment that took place between Cedara and Boughton on Saturday, 31 May 2008. The next scheduled trip out of Pietermaritzburg will therefore be the electric run to Nottingham Road on 3 August – please diarise in the meantime! The good news however, is that there will be two extra opportunities to travel behind real live steam within the following couple of days. It has been decided to run a “Comrades Special” on Sunday, 15 June, starting from Inchanga at 08:00 and dropping passengers off at viewing points at Drummond and Botha’s Hill. The train will return to Drummond in time for passengers to watch the 11:30 cut-off take place. Return time at Inchanga will be about 12:15. Fares will only be R50 for adults and R30 for children and pensioners. The train then proceeds to Kloof in preparation for a “Late Fathers’ Day” Special on Monday, 16 June, with the normal scheduled runs leaving at 08:30 and 12:30. Note that it is anticipated that fares for the normal trips will soon have to be increased to about R120 per person, so why not use the opportunity to travel now at the old rates while you can! \ National News:- Steam-In-Action is currently busy trying to save all 40 or so locomotives of the “National Collection” at Millsite, as they are in danger of being cut up by scrap merchants. Their plan is to move the locos temporarily to the Reefsteamers premises at Germiston where they will at least be reasonably secure until a final decision can be made about their fate. There are a number of locos involved that have definite links with Natal – some even from NGR days (eg. Class A no. 103; Class 1 no. 1247; plus locos from classes 3R, 3BR, 12A, 14R, 16R, 19, GCA, GE, GEA, 1E and ES). As the move is to take place using steam locos supplied by Reefsteamers, financial assistance in terms of donations towards the cost of coal (R680/ton on the Reef) is being requested. If anyone can assist in any way, please deposit into Steam-In-Action’s FNB account 62173787543 (Branch code 261550). Ashley ADVERT TRAIN TOUR TO NAMIBIA Have you ever travelled, slept, dined, had fun and relaxed for 10 days on a train and simultaneously enjoyed the splendid beauty of our neighbouring country, Namibia? th If not, you can do so again as from the 24 June this year when JB Train Tours (Since 1975) host their next 10-day train tour from Gauteng to interesting places like the Fish River Canyon, Quiver Tree Forest, Windhoek, Dune 7, Swakopmund, Etosha Pans, Grootfontein, Moon Landscape, Mola Mola and many other tourist sight-seeing spots. I.e.: Augrabies Falls & Keimoes en route. The group travels on the luxurious Shongololo Express train and the tour price includes the train trip, meals, bedding, excursions by bus, tour guides, safety and security. Only two persons are booked per compartment and one per coupe. Tour price is R10945 per person. This tour is ideal for people of all ages and who do not want to drive such long distances, nor like to get lost or would like to pay the high fuel costs and expensive accommodation rates in Namibia. For full details or info on other tours contact Lizelle at JB Train Tours at Tel: 0861 52 86 87 OR e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org OR fax her at 086 687 7344 OR write to PO Box 17406, Sunward Park 1470.