The enterprising JB Tours company, which organises travels by rail using scheduled services or chartered trains, is clearly busier than ever, demonstrating the continuing popularity of travelling by train. An impressive list of choices covers the three months October-December 2014.
Among typical examples:
Return Premier Classe semi-luxury train trip from Johannesburg to Durban, Friday evening to Monday morning (but only on the last weekend of the month) including one night at a hotel in Durban as well as transfers - from R3,460 per person.
One-way Premier Classe semi-luxury train from Johannesburg to Cape Town and fly back, Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, two nights at a Cape Town hotel with transfers and a topless double-deck bus tour. All inclusive - from R6,250 per person.
The department of public enterprise and the National Treasury have indicated that they intend to consolidate procurement for locomotives into a single institution, under the directorship of Transnet....