Railway Safety Regulator “On Track” news 10th edition.

The RSR has published its latest On Track news. Of particular interest is detail on the new Railway Safety Act to be introduced later this year which will replace the Railway Safety Regulator Act of 2002 and 2008. This new legislation puts more emphasis on human factors, particularly in the area of Safety Critical Grades.

Enjoy the read - Click here

A protest on the George to Knysna line.

UK magazine, Heritage Railway” has given some major coverage to a recent protest by rail enthusiast Andries Keyser over the slow progress with re-opening this line.

FEDRAIL SA certainly does not condone Mr Keyser’s actions in breach of Railway Safety Regulator regulations and Transnet Access Agreement requirements but the question remains about the slow progress on this project. One wonders, though, if the protest did more harm than good? Click here to read more

The Red Devil rides again!

After a very rapid four month restoration the unique Class 26 number 3450, “The Red Devil”, will haul its first revenue earning train since 2003 with a Ceres Rail trip to Robertson from Cape Town on the 13th to 15th July. Not to be missed if you can make it!

Continue Reading

Photographic exhibition on May 24th

Sandstone has a long association with the James Hall Museum of Transport and they have extended an invite to all for a photographic exhibition on May 24th on the History of Trams in Johannesburg. Well worth a visit. Click here to view

Ceres Rail offers a new adventure.

Ceres Rail continues to be inventive with their rail tours and now offers an exciting three day trip from Cape Town to Bredasdorp through the Overberg in June 2018, with the final destination Arniston. You can find full details by clicking here

Digital Rail Images

The Transnet Library has released its latest newsletter from the Digital Rail Images SA (DRISA) project. Click here to see the latest developments.

Latest WATTRAIN Newsletter 20 Feb

Dear FEDRAIL SA member,
The latest newsletter from WATTRAIN (The World Alliance of Tourist Trams & Trains) of which FEDRAIL SA is a member, is now available on line. It has given some good coverage to our member, Sandstone Heritage Trust, for their 2019 Stars of Sandstone event. Please click here to view.

Dear FEDRAIL SA member,

James Hall Museum of Transport, Johannesburg, Open Day Saturday 17th February.
The James Hall Museum will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 17th February. FEDRAIL SA has established a close working relationship with the museum. The Lawley steam locomotive, NG97, at  one of our members, Sandstone Heritage Trust is on loan from the museum and was restored by Sandstone to working order.The museum is well worth a visit with varied exhibits ranging from a London bus to South Africa’s own electric car. For full details of the event click here

Eastern Cape Provincial-Draft Rail Safety Bill and Draft National Railway Policy Workshop

Dear FEDRAIL SA member,
Please click on the links to view the notice for Department of Transport workshop on the Draft Rail Safety Bill and Draft White Paper on National Rail Policy.
Your attention is also drawn to the Draft Railway Safety Bill of 2017 which will replace the National Railway Safety Regulator Act 16 of 2002 where on initial viewing a number of functions of the RSR have been changed or extended.

Agenda Eastern Cape Stakeholder Consultations

Draft White Paper on National Rail Policy

Invite East London

Railway Safety Bill

Friends of the Rail connecting again!

Track laying has commenced on the section of line between Rayton and Cullinan which was stolen in March 2017 resulting in the derailment of 15F 3052. The TFR tracklaying train and crew moved into position to renew the +/- 200 metres of missing track on Tuesday 23rd January. Our pictures show the train arriving at Rayton and the crew unloading the replacement rails prior to connecting up the track and sleepers.

Continue Reading

The Railway Safety Regulator Technical Workshop

The Railway Safety Regulator kindly invites you to attend a Technical Workshop scheduled for the Eastern Cape region on the 14 – 15 February 2018.

Please find attached, the following applicable documents for the Workshop:

Please complete the attached Registration Form to secure your reservation and send back to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reefsteamers returns 12AR number 1535 to service.

12AR number 1535 has been returned to service after major boiler repairs having been staged for almost four years. The locomotive will haul its first train on Saturday December 16th to Magaliesburg. 1535 which will be 99 years old in 2019 is now the oldest operating 3’6” gauge steam locomotive in South Africa.
Our pictures from Reefsteamers show the loco being prepared for the December 16th train and also the first fire in the boiler for some four years.

Continue Reading

The Last Rites of The Alfred County Railway

Narrow gauge enthusiasts around the world have been shocked by the scrapping of the last remaining NGG16 locomotives from the Port Shepstone-Harding line at Paddock in Kwa Zulu Natal in recent months despite efforts by the Sandstone Heritage Trust to purchase and preserve them. This has now attracted the attention of Narrow Gauge World Magazine in the UK with an article on these sad events. Click here to view the article.

SAR Mainline Coaches.

SAR Mainline Coaches. Leith Paxton, the well known South African railway author, has produced a spectacular book of drawings on SAR mainline coaches. The front cover picture shows a 15F working at Swartkops in Port Elizabeth while clicking on the link will take you to an example of the quality of the drawings. A similar book on narrow gauge rolling stock is expected in the future. To purchase the book you can contact the author on e mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swartkops 15F V2

Click here to see an example of the Drawings

DRISA Newsletter

The Transnet Library has released its latest newsletter from the Digital Rail Images SA (DRISA) project. Click here to see the latest developments.

SOUTH AFRICAN RAILWAYS ILLUSTRATED Part 2

Dear FEDRAIL SA member

Recently we published  South African Railways Illustrated 100 Black & White Photos Part 1 on the FEDRAIL SA web site, here is Part 2 to complete the series, You can navigate directly to it by clicking the image below.

Screen Shot 2017 08 01 at 11.52.04 AM