Vintage steam train trips - The Diamond Express to Cullinan

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You may not be able to see the world’s largest-ever diamond where it was found in Cullinan any more, but you can travel there in the style you would have at the time it was discovered.

Friends Of The Rail can also arrange private and corporate charter train trips for special occasions, including staff incentives, product launches and tourist charters. Keen amateur and professional photographers will enjoy the specialised 'photogalas' run from time to time to capture splendid action steam locomotive and railway shots.

Find schedules and book online at www.friendsoftherail.com for steam train day excursions to Cullinan aboard the Diamond Express and shorter Tshwane Xplorer trips around Pretoria.

You may not be able to see the world’s largest-ever diamond where it was found in Cullinan any more, but you can travel there in the style you would have at the time it was discovered.

Did you know?
Cullinan Diamond Mine has generated 25% of the world’s diamonds larger than 400 carats, including the 3 106-carat Cullinan Diamond found in 1905.

The enormous stone was cut into nine major pieces and 96 smaller brilliant cut diamonds.

The two main stones, Cullinan I (The Great Star of Africa) and Cullinan II (The Lesser Star of Africa) were given to King Edward VII.

Both are exhibited currently in the Tower of London as part of the Crown Jewels.

Photo: Nine biggest pieces of the Cullinan diamond, including The Great Star of Africa. Image courtesy of Shutterstock