Railway Safety Regulator Technical Workshop

The Railway Safety Regulator kindly invites you to attend a Technical Workshop scheduled for the Western Cape Region on the 22nd - 23rd February 2017

Please find below the following applicable documents for the Workshop:

Invitation with details of the Technical Workshop
The Registration Form

Please complete the attached Registration Form to secure your reservation and send back to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Railway Safety Regulator Technical Workshop

Please note the upcoming RSR Technical Workshop scheduled for the Western Cape Region as follows:
Date: 23rd-24th November 2016
Venue: Cape Town (TBC)
Standards: Please refer to the attached documents
Please complete the registration form and forward to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to see the Invitation

Click here to see the Programme

Click here to get the Registration Form

Transnet goes digital

Transnet have put together a project to digitise all the images in the Transnet Library for future safe keeping, the Transnet DRISA project. This is a project that FEDRAIL SA supports totally and asks those members and friends who can become involved to offer their services to assist. You can read all about this exciting development by clicking on the link.

Click here to read PDF

Tangmere Accident Report

While we are unhappy to highlight railway accidents, this report from the UK of an incident with the Battle of Britain Class locomotive, “Tangmere”, will make interesting and informative reading for our operators of what can happen with restored locomotives.

Click here to read PDF

Les Pivnic

Les Pivnic is well known to South African rail enthusiasts and worldwide. A former Assistant Curator of the original South African Railways Museum in Johannesburg, Les has put together his love for railways in a special edition of the on line magazine, South African Railways Illustrated. Click on the link below to read the story of a man with true passion for railways.

News from our members

The Apple Express continues to move forward with their loco and coach restorations but there is still concern over the opening of the line.

Click here to view their latest newsletter.


Newsbrief Number One

Welcome to our first news update of 2016. In these frequent bulletins we shall be updating our members and friends on matters relating to Rail Preservation and Tourism in Southern Africa. We invite all our readers to submit any comments or information that could be beneficial to the growth of rail preservation and tourism for future issues.

Click here to view Newsbrief Number One - PDF


New Railway Heritage representative body promulgated

Date: 15 December 2015

Major participants in South Africa’s Railway Heritage and Tourism sector have combined forces to initiate the creation of a new railway heritage industry representative body, and to this end, the Federation of Heritage Railways of Southern Africa (FEDRAIL SA) has been established. A MOI (Memorandum of Incorporation) has been drawn up which seeks to provide effective, honest and professional liaison services to the sector.


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Heritage locomotives for sale

Date: 8th January 2016

We have been advised by Transnet that a large number of steam locomotives will come up for sale in February 2016.  These locomotives were previously classified as Heritage and to be retained.  They still have a chance to survive if they are purchased by the Preservation sector.  If no bids are made from people to preserve them then they will sold to the scrap industry.    

As many are valuable as a source of parts these would have to be sourced from the scrap industry and from our experience the scrap industry cannot be bothered with people taking items off scrap locomotives.  Alternatively they demand unrealistic prices for the spares.

The best possible solution is for people to purchase them.  That of course does create yet another problem in terms of the logistics involved in moving them somewhere safe.  There are various locations in South Africa, such as Reefsteamers, the Sandstone Heritage Trust and possibly others where free accommodation could be made available in the interests of Preservation.  We will be canvassing the Preservation sector to see how many such storage sites might potentially be available.

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