The Blue Train was near Germiston in Gauteng when it derailed overnight at Union Station in Elandsfontein.
According to Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR) spokesperson, Sibu Majozi, the incident took place at 00:35 when 19 empty coaches derailed.
“This was a staged (unmanned) train with no passengers on board. No injuries were reported on site. TFR will investigate the cause of the derailment and apply remedial action where necessary.”
Majozi also confirmed that no cancellations will be implemented for now.
“At this stage, although Blue Train services are impacted, there will be no cancellations. There is no effect on TFR’s freight operations.”
The Blue Train includes many luxuries
The Blue Train is definitely one of South Africa’s most boast-worthy elements and has won the World’s Most Luxurious Train award for 10 consecutive years. And the train turned 75 this year.
The train travels between Pretoria and Cape Town and Pretoria and the Kruger National Park. The luxurious ride includes butler service, lounge cars, carriages with gold-tinted picture windows, and soundproofed, fully carpeted compartments for guests.
A three-day return trip between Pretoria and Cape Town will cost passengers anywhere between R24 250 and R48 900. The following will be included in the price:
- All meals and beverages
- Room service
- Laundry service
- Entrance fees as per itinarary