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Welcome to Steam In Action

about-steam-in-actionSteam in Action was started some years ago in order to draw attention to the many difficulties steam preservation and steam tourism organisations have to deal with in South Africa. Our intervention resulted in a large number of locomotives being saved from the scrap heap. It has certainly been a much greater success than initially expected and it shows there are many people out there who are dedicated to ensuring that South Arica's magnificent rail and steam heritage survives into the future. Resulting from our strenuous efforts we were requested by the Heritage Rail Association of South Africa, the statutory umbrella body for the industry, to give them an opportunity to try and achieve results through negotiations with the authorities.  We agreed to this but more than two years later we are singularly unimpressed with the lack of results.  We have therefore decided to raise...

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The Great Wagon Rescue

31-07-2015 Hits:18 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

The Great Wagon Rescue

After long negotiations Sandstone has acquired 37 more wagons from the now closed Port Elizabeth to Avontuur line. These are a mixture of DZ types and closed box vans plus...

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Reefsteamers 15CA 2056 Appeal

31-07-2015 Hits:17 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Reefsteamers 15CA 2056 Appeal

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The Alberton Branch

26-07-2015 Hits:38 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

The Alberton Branch

While not strictly a steam issue the current state of Alberton Station is a site to be believed and typical of the lack of responsibility given to government property. Stewart...

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Stars of Sandstone 2017

26-07-2015 Hits:28 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Stars of Sandstone 2017

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Railway History Group Bulletin June 2015

24-07-2015 Hits:67 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Railway History Group Bulletin June 2015

Click here to view the newsletter - pdf

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Atlantic Rail in Cape Town

24-07-2015 Hits:50 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Atlantic Rail in Cape Town

Some great photographs from Atlantic Rail in Cape Town of their 19th July excursion to Stellenbosch. All pictures by Peter Rogers.

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Ancient and iconic railway structure under threat

16-07-2015 Hits:88 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Ancient and iconic railway structure under threat

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Coal & Crafts Festival at Reefsteamers Steam Locomotive Depot - Saturday, 25 July 2015

07-07-2015 Hits:263 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Coal & Crafts Festival at Reefsteamers Steam Locomotive Depot - Saturday, 25 July 2015

Come and enjoy a festival of coal-scented steam heritage and crafts at Reefsteamers Steam Locomotive Depot!   Reefsteamers will be opening the over-100 year old Germiston Steam Locomotive Depot to the Public...

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Friends of the Rail compromised by Cullinan Branch Line Theft

07-07-2015 Hits:147 SIA News Natasha Gartside - avatar Natasha Gartside

Friends of the Rail compromised by Cullinan Branch Line Theft

Click here to view the article by Goitsemang Tlhabye on iOL news

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Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

30-05-2014 Hits:942 Friends of the Rail Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Friends of the Rail Open Day - 6 July 2014

Friends of the Rail will be holding an open day on 6th July 2014.  Details are as follows: Click here to view full details - 657KB PDF

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The Reefsteamers Depot Story

20-02-2014 Hits:1428 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

The Reefsteamers Depot Story

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, A few weeks ago, I was commissioned by George Hoddinott to produce an extensive presentation document with a special emphasis on the Reefsteamers Depot,...

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

21-01-2014 Hits:1391 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter January 2014

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their January 2014 newsletter Click here to read more - 100A (365 kb) Click here to read more - 100B (471 kb)

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Transnet Heritage Developments

20-01-2014 Hits:1017 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet Heritage Developments

Transnet Heritage DevelopmentsTransnet Rail Museum Click here to read more (URL)

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Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

20-01-2014 Hits:738 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Cape Railway Enthusiasts Newsletter October 2013

The Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association have sent us their October 2013 newsletter Click here to read more - 99A (286 kb) Click here to read more - 99B (286 kb)  

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Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives a…

14-10-2013 Hits:2875 Community News Joanne West - avatar Joanne West

Transnet invites Expressions of Interest from Steam in Action members to acquire Steam locomotives and Rolling Stock

Release One - 8th October 2013 A circular was recently released to all SIA members as follows: Dear Members, Transnet Foundation have released the attached lists of steam locomotives and coaches which they envisage...

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Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

16-09-2013 Hits:1338 Reefsteamers Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Reefreestate Explorer 2013 - Long Distance Steam Tour - 16-26 November 2013‏

Dear Reefsteamers and Friends of Steam, SAR Steam Tours will be running a traditional long distance steam tour this year, from 16-26 November 2013. The locomotives and coaches will be provided...

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A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items

06-09-2013 Hits:1085 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

A short history of the Apple Express & Lineside items The Port Elizabeth Apple Express Click here to read more (324kb) Article supplied by Peter Burton

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Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

05-09-2013 Hits:1317 Community News Samantha Scales - avatar Samantha Scales

Transnet: Demolishing of structure at De Hoek

Demolishing of structure at De Hoek (Click here to read more - 715kb) De Hoek Demolition Plan (Click here to read more - 210kb) Your comments on the above would be greatly appreciated....

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