Ceres Rail Company: Fun and exciting vintage steam train adventures for all ages!

Ceres Rail Company

In search of a truly unforgettable family or romantic travel adventure? Look no further than the Ceres Rail Company in Cape Town. With a number of refurbished vintage steam locomotives under its care, the company offers unique and memorable experiences of the Mother City and its surroundings.

The Ceres Rail Company has actually been operating since 2015 focusing on heritage preservation and through leisurely train trips. If your kids, spouse or loved ones cherish the novelty of traveling by old steam train, this is your chance to make their dreams come true.

You will be happy to hear that the company offers a variety of routes and packages to experience train travel as it was in the golden age of travel. The region is home to many tourist attractions, and Ceres Rail Company is one of the best ways to experience them. So why not make some memories with your loved ones and book a trip with Ceres Rail Company today?

Ceres Rail Company trips

Ceres Rail Company offers an array of adventure options, catering to both leisurely day trips and longer excursions. Their meticulously restored trains offer various seating arrangements and facilities, ensuring your utmost comfort and enjoyment as you soak in the journey.

Besides comfortable coaches, the train has two bar areas where they serve your favourite cold and hot beverages. A variety of foods and snacks are also sold onboard.

One of the most sought-after expeditions provided by the Ceres Rail Company is the Elgin Railway Market trip. Departing from Cape Town, this delightful day excursion climbs the steep Sir Lowry’s Pass, offering unparalleled views of False Bay. Along the route, passengers are treated to awe-inspiring vistas of mountains, valleys and vineyards.

Upon arrival at the Elgin Railway Market, you can immerse yourself in its enchanting ambiance, perusing the diverse stalls offering a number of gourmet food and beverage selections, as well as curated craft selection.

Other captivating expeditions offered by the Ceres Rail Company are the Ceres and Wolseley trips.

Beyond these captivating adventures, the steam trains can also be chartered for your private events and other corporate functions of up to 360 people. Planning a feature film, documentary or advert shoot that requires old steam trains? Ceres Rail Company actually has over 40 years’ experience assisting in film and photoshoot projects.

Also read our previous Ceres Rail Company review HERE.

What people say about their Ceres Rail Company experiences

Many of the previous guests had many wonderful things to say about their trail trips with the Ceres Rail Company.

“It’s refreshing to have an outing where every single staff member made you feel welcome, organization was great and informative updates; will be going again. Whilst we had the Elgin wine tasting as well, which we all loved, it did compromise the time to fully enjoy the market, so we’ll do it again,” wrote DJW13CT on their TripAdvisor page.

Nomad45282684389 added; “This was an amazing trip which I will never forget. The Crew was very friendly and we met wonderful people on this trip. I will recommend this to anyone.”

“Amazing day, nice people on the train and a very nice crew on the train! The view onto the journey was very grateful – thx for the nice day! Will come back again,” said Climber176801.

If you’re seeking an extraordinary and unforgettable travel experience, I wholeheartedly recommend embarking on a journey with the Ceres Rail Company. Prepare to be enthralled and enchanted. Their timeless family experiences combine breathtaking scenery, rich history and a commitment to sustainability to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Ceres Rail Company is located at Dockrail Rd, Foreshore, Cape Town. For more information, call +27 (0) 79 401 9353 or email bookings@ceresrail.co.za or visit www.ceresrail.co.za today. Here is their location on Google Maps. Also follow them on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.


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