South Africa's Blue Train
will visit Sandstone. We
will be happy to assist with
bookings, to find out more,
|The Stars of Sandstone International Festival
Geoff's Trains has a long and strong relationship with the Sandstone Heritage Trust. For a number of years we have shared the experience as
Sandstone has grown in stature and interest.
As the Sandstone Festivals developed, they showcased the heritage assets to those wanting a hands on experience running the railway as
well as driving traction engines, tractors, vintage cars and military vehicles. The festivals are now a major feature in the southern hemisphere's
industrial heritage scene, growing numbers of visitors pass through the gates of each festival held every two years. They have discovered that
Sandstone is the perfect place to experience a fascinating part of South Africa that no other African holiday can match.
Geoff's Trains are delighted to act as exclusive sales agent for International bookings, we see ourselves as part of the Sandstone team that
works tirelessly to make sure that every festival is better than the last one. Sandstone will continue to stage the festival, but Geoff's Trains will
be there to make sure that you enjoy the unique atmosphere. We have prepared a number of packages to ensure that your needs will be
An option for everyone
You may have visited South Africa and even Sandstone previously and would like to spend as long as possible at the festival. On the other
hand, you may be making your first visit to South Africa and would like to see more of the country. Whatever your interests, we have something
We can arrange Sandstone entry tickets for you if you wish to find your own accommodation and transport. Alternatively, you are welcome to
contact Sandstone Heritage directly. Tickets are issued for the number of days that you wish to visit, from 04 to 12 April 2019.
Find details here
The International Festival
03 to 12 April 2019
The Stars of Sandstone International Festival starts on 04 April 2019. Travel from Johannesburg on the afternoon of 03 April and return on 12
April, either by coach back to Johannesburg or by chartered steam train to Bloemfontein, Kimberley and Johannesburg. Your package will
include transfers, your accommodation with dinner on the first night, daily breakfast and entry to the Sandstone festival.
See a detailed programme here
Two shorter visits
03 to 08 April or 08 to 12 April 2019
We have two shorter options, the first of which leaves Johannesburg on 03 April and returns by coach on 08 April, the second leaves
Johannesburg on 08 April and leaves the Festival on 12 April, either by coach or steam train.
The daily festival programme will, as far as is feasible, be repeated for both shorter visits. The locomotives will be steamed at least twice,
before and after 08 April, if you choose to visit on one of these shorter packages you should see all of the main traction and activities but
booking the longer package will offer you better photographic opportunities as well as a chance to experience the many activities that take
place throughout the festival.
Something special for photographers
Sandstone is a photographer's paradise. Good weather,great scenery and a proliferation of interesting subjects will keep your camera shutter
clicking all day long. To maximise photographic opportunities for more serious photographers, a special package has been created that
includes access to a railway photo session between sunrise and breakfast with selected locomotives and a specialist run-past organiser.
These morning sessions happen before the festival opens at 10 am and will only be accessible to pre-booked participants. There will be
other benefits including convenient accommodation options and afternoon photo sessions. Bookings are limited to 50.
Find out more here
Do you want to be an active participant?
Sandstone is a working farm with a small team dedicated to the maintenance and development of their heritage assets. There is no
permanent support group that can be mobilised to operate the extensive railway, numerous traction engines, farming machinery, vintage cars
and much more. Active participants travel from countries as far afield as Australia, Britain, Belgium, Germany and America to help keep the
festival moving. If you have the necessary skills and would like to get your hands dirty, you may be able to join them.
Find out more here
Turn your Sandstone visit into a great African holiday
Geoff's Trains is offering a number of post tour activities that can turn your Sandstone visit into a more inclusive African experience. These
include a special mainline steam train and a hosted visit to Victoria Falls featuring a tram ride to the famous bridge over the Zambezi River and
dinner on a Garratt powered steam train. This will be followed by a safari par-excellence on the Chobe River in Botswana with one of Africa's
foremost photo safari companies.
A charter train from Johannesburg to Bethlehem
10 to 12 April 2019
The train will leave the Reefsteamers Germiston depot on the morning of 11 April, bound for Bethlehem (you can board the train the previous
evening). The train will be hauled between Germiston and Bethlehem by a diesel electric locomotive. You will have sleeper accommodation
and dinner will be a traditional Braai (barbecue). On 12 April, either remain on the train for the steam charter back to Johannesburg, or transfer
by coach to Sandstone for the Family Festival (accommodation and transfers can be include).
A steam operated charter train from Bethlehem visiting Sandstone, Bloemfontein and Kimberley
12 to 17 April 2019
Our five day charter train includes runpasts in some of South Africa's best scenery as well as visits to Bloemfontein for the Sandstone railway
workshops and the national heritage steam collection, Kimberley and the Big Hole museum, station railway museum and Steamnet 2000
steam collection and Germiston, the photogenic Reefsteamers depot. The train will be operated by a Class 12AR locomotive, built by North
British in 1919. This is an excellent way to end your Sandstone visit.
Find out more about the steam trains here
Victoria Falls and some wildlife
We have been asked to include a hosted visit to Victoria Falls and are delighted to do so. Spend three nights at the Falls, including a hosted
tour of the Victoria Falls, a tram ride to the famous Bridge, a sunset boat cruise and an optional dinner steam train ride before either flying
home or crossing the border to Botswana for a three night wildlife Safari on the Chobe River. The tour can be booked on two different dates to
accommodate the rest of your tour.
Find out more here
Find answers to some commonly asked questions here
|Page updated on
06 June 2018
|Can Agents book groups?
Absolutely, talk to Geoff, he will
work with you to prepare a package
suited to your clients. You can
maintain your identity, have your
own group manager and still take
advantage of Geoff's Trains
Smaller groups are also welcome,
we can make sure that you have
the right accommodation, your
group stays together during
transfers and they can enjoy a
consistent level of service at
|Tell me about Sandstone
Sandstone are very good at
sending newsletters and
information, they have an
interesting website with maps,
photos, videos on u-tube, stock
lists and much more.
Find out more here
|Unser Generalagent für
unsere Gäste aus dem
Bahnreisen Sutter ist unser
deutscher Repräsentant für das
Sandstone Festival einschl.
Über Bahnreisen Sutter können
Sie die einzelnen Reiseprogramme
für das Sandstone Festival
buchen. Bahnreisen Sutter freut
sich Ihnen die Reise zu diesem
einmaligen Kultur- und
Eisenbahnfestival zu organisieren.
Über diesen Link gelangen Sie
zur Homepage von Bahnreisen
|Our American agent
Nevada based Trains and Travel
International are assisting us with
American sales. If you book
through them, you are still
welcome to ask contact Geoff's
Trains with any queries
The Trains and Travel website can
be found here.
Geoff's Trains Ltd is a British tour
operator well positioned to accept
bookings from all countries.
However, you are also welcome to
contact Oxfordshire based PTG
Tours who offer all of our tours,
particularly the 2019 Africa season.
PTG offer packages that include
flights, something that Geoff's
Trains does not do.
PTG can be found here.