WIN: Take a festive train ride with the Umgeni Steam Railway | So Good News


CAXTON Local Media and Umgeni Steam Railway (USR) are giving away nine family ticket sets this holiday season – and what could be better than a trip on an old steam train through the Valley of 1000 Hills? The family set includes four tickets – ideal for a family or group of friends. The winners get a train ride on 15 December at 15:00. All aboard!

The Umgeni Steam Railway (USR) is planning a busy holiday season with festive themed trains before Christmas, a special train after Christmas and an early morning train ride in January to kick off the first week of the year on the tracks’.

Throughout the holidays, the Inchanga Craft Market will be in full swing with dozens of stalls offering family-friendly, locally sourced party food. There is also a food garden offering a range of small meals and snacks, a play area and a picnic area.

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At the peak of the holiday season, from 15.–17. December, Santa Claus will be on board all day trains, and the train at 17:00 will culminate with a participatory carol concert in a marquee at the Inchanga Market.

Fun for the whole family aboard the Umgeni Steam Railway. PHOTO: Submitted.

The Inchanga Railway Museum will be open for tours and the model railway, Thomas and Friends, will be in operation in the Modeller’s Cabin. Tours will be offered through the shed to see the 110-year-old steam locomotive, Maureen, under repair, as well as the vintage carriages.

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There are no ATMs or card facilities on site. Cash or Zapper accepted. There may be some open days during the holiday season. Follow USR’s social media platforms and website ( for more information. Inchanga Station is located at 1 Station Road and there is secure, guarded parking on site. The Umgeni Steam Railway is a not-for-profit volunteer-run organization that aims to preserve the South African steam heritage for future generations. Passengers are encouraged to consider making a donation for track refurbishment following the April flood. For questions, call 082 353 6003.

Upcoming trips at Inchanga Station

Saturday 26 November at 08:30, 11:00, 13:30 and 15:30.
Thursday 15 December at 09:00, 11:00, 15:00 and 17:00.
Friday 16 December at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 17:00.
Saturday 17 December at 09:00, 11:00, 15:00 and 17:00.
Monday 26 December at 11:00 and 13:00.
Saturday 7 January at 08:30 and 11:00.

Complete the form below for a chance to win tickets. The competition ends on 8 December. The winners will be notified by email in advance of the train journey.

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