Shooting The Far West South African Reunion

Once upon a time, when the fires went out on regular steam in Australia, a number of us headed west to South Africa and Rhodesia. While the gauge was narrow, the engines were huge, providing a spectacular display and a reminder of what steam operations were like in their heyday.

After regular steam finished in NSW a number of us gathered at the County Clare Inn with one Dusty Durrant who convinced us all the head to South Africa to cover the steam there.

15F on the Tzaneen line winter 1975

If you were part of the great Aussie Steam Trek, or would like to hear tall tales and true from those of us who ventured west, we invite you to join us on our Aussie Africa Safari. For atmosphere we are meeting on a real steam train, with a Braai (Barbeque) featuring Boerewors, and a chance to present some of your best slides  at the pub in the evening over a pot of beer.

The Trip

Victorian Goldfields Railway, Maldon Victoria with J549 ot K 190 broad Gauge Steam.

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J549 on the VGR


Event Details

Date: 21/10/2018

Schedule: Depart Maldon at 10:30 am. Travelling  by steam train to Castlemaine then to Muckelford for lunch.

Then Muckelford to Castlemain to Maldon by steam train arriving at 5:30

Drinks at the Maldon Hotel, and then slide show and dinner starting around 6:30 pm.

Price: The cost for first class Train Ride and Braai is $60 a head which is less than the normal first class fare. We are limited to 50 places, so you will need to get in quick.

Accommodation: Once you purchase your ticket, we will supply accommodation information.

This will be a great chance to catch up with old mates and share stories of days gone by. Partners are welcome as are friends who perhaps have heard your tales but couldn't quite make the journey.

Click on the link below for a secure booking or call John Gaydon on 0411 139312. Please don't delay as this will seriously book out quickly. I am totally amazed how many of us went west over the years!