The Blue Train

Our Heritage (Local Travel)

The Blue Train was brought into being in the 1920s with a dream of travelling from Africa’s southern- to northernmost tip. The two original trains, known then as the Union Limited and the Union Express, meandered their way as far as the Great African Railway would allow – a bridge straddling the Zambezi River, showered by the “thunderous smoke” of the Victoria Falls.

As news of the discovery of gold and diamonds travelled afar, thousands flocked to South Africa’s Witwatersrand (“ridge of white waters”). The railway lines became utilitarian, ferrying society on the move. But the ridge’s mineral wealth soon funded a burgeoning upper class that came to expect a more opulent travel, and the Union carriages became standard bearers of the easy-living heyday.

After being pressed into military service during World War II, The Blue Train was reincarnated in 1946 in its distinctive royal blue and cream shades. A 70s refurbishment and modernisation from steam to electricity and diesel in the 90s defined it as an unmatched experience of luxurious modern travel, all the while reminiscent of the romance and history of its past.

The Blue Train was brought into being in the 1920s with a dream of travelling from Africa’s southern- to northernmost tip.

Long-distance routes
Pretoria – Sun City, KZN Midlands (return trip), Hoedspruit (return trip), Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

Multi-day event packages include: Sun Met horse race (Cape Town), The Vodacom Durban July horse race (Durban), Macufe Cultural Festival (Bloemfontein) and Nedbank Golf Challenge (Sun City).

Short trips

If you haven't the time to take a long-distance trip, get the full experience in just a few hours...

o Dream event venue

The Blue Train can be chartered with a minimum of 40 guests for special events such as graduations, engagements, weddings and honeymoons, anniversaries and milestone birthdays, to meander along its standard routes, or on custom-made trips and cross-border excursions lasting from a few hours to several nights.

o   Dinner charter (Pretoria Circle Route)

Climb aboard with friends for an unforgettable adventure and top-notch dinner where onboard chefs indulge your palate with signature dishes using the freshest local ingredients.

o   Overnight trip to nowhere

Get into your finest apparel and indulge in a banquet with friends or at an intimate table for two! Alternatively, dine in the privacy of your own luxury suite.

o   Take your business places

For those with a more serious agenda, The Blue Train has the facilities for business-oriented and conference journeys too.

Book online or browse special travel packages at www.bluetrain.co.za, or call 012 334 8459.