Our host is Greg Zurnamer from Reefsteamers. This company is a non profit Company and is affiliated to the Transnet Heritage Foundation (Railway Museum) and are controlled under their auspices.
When Transnet discontinued daily steam operations during 1991, Reefsteamers was established at the old loco shed in Germiston, South Africa.
Their main objective is to preserve and rebuild old steam locomotives. All work is done on a voluntary basis and no one is paid any remuneration whatsoever.
They currently have 100 members both local and overseas. Twenty-five people are actively involved in restoration during weekends.
They aim to offer a very competitive, comfortable and efficient service to their passengers as the success of the organisation and consequently the preservation of steam relies heavily on their ability to fund the projects.
This podcast highlights the history of steam locomotives in South Africa and the centenary celebrations of Susan, the oldest operating steam train in the fleet of Reefsteamers.
As part of the centenary celebrations, Magalies Tourism is creating a unique steam train experience on 24 August 2019 from Park Station in Johannesburg to Magaliesburg and passengers can choose from an option of 5 venues.
For real-time online bookings, visit HERE Debit, Credit and Zapper is acceptable as payment