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The Blue Train
Pretoria à Cape Town
Le train du désert
blue train : is unique - it is not merely a
train but combines the luxury of the world's leading hotels with the charm
of train travel. Think of it as an all inclusive luxury rail cruise with an opportunity to
view South Africa's spectacular landscapes and visit interesting tourist
attractions along the way.
Take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where
spectacular scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothes your body and
soul. Sit back, de-stress and relax.
This unique luxury recreation and business experience takes you where you
want to go in an endless, five-star splendour. It pauses only to pick up prestigious World
Travel awards for being a cut above the rest and the Diner's Club accolade for its
connoisseur selection of South African wines. The Blue Train cuisine puts sheer good taste
on a plate while butler personal attention puts you on a pedestal.
It's a journey of a lifetime for those who appreciate finer things in life.
Train de luxe à vapeur entre Pretoria et cap Town.
After a ten-year search the world's most luxurious train has found a
permanent base in the once derelict locomotive yard of Capital Park, just north of
Pretoria. Capital Park was chosen in 1939 as the site for a new locomotive shed and
marshalling yard. Completed in 1943, the yard in its heyday was extremely busy housing
some 140 steam locomotives. Technology and time moved on, and over the years newer forms
of railway locomotion replaced the faithful old steam engines, which had served so well
since the industrial revolution.
With the arrival of electric and diesel engines, the
steam locomotive sheds at Capital Park experienced a steady decline. In January 1998,
Rovos Rail was successful in obtaining a long-term lease over Capital Park. The site
covers 25 acres, has 15 lines totalling a distance of 7km, of which a hundred metre
section is under roof, and has a coal stage with 40 loading chutes. All the rolling stock,
consisting of 60 carriages and 5 locomotives, the administrative offices, stores and
workshops are now based at Capital Park. The aim was not only to rebuild the site to a
world beating standard, but also to transform it into a working railway museum. The eyes
of rail enthusiasts will be drawn to the loco sheds, where a team of dedicated personnel
keeps the rolling stock in good order. The gracious colonial-style railway station serves
as an elegant departure and arrival stage for the journeys.
Le train du désert
Dernière modification le :
samedi 22 mars 2014