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Monday, April 26, 2021


(Right: Ru, Thandeka, Rea & Lephoi Maduna)

Enjoy a Mother’s Day beyond your wildest steams on board the Inchanga Choo Choo:  the Umgeni Steam Train is running two Mother’s Day trains on Sunday May 9 at 08h30 and 12h30 – especially for families, to honour and spoil Mums.

Watch autumn roll past your window aboard the Umgeni Steam Train. The trains leave Stokers Arms in Kloof – offering a round trip - and chugs towards Inchanga offering spectacular views of the Valley of 1000 Hills – travelling west through Gillitts, Hillcrest, Botha’s Hill, Alverstone (the highest point) and Drummond. The train goes through the oldest running tunnel in Drummond (1878).

At Inchanga Station, guests can disembark to enjoy a Mother’s Day themed craft and food market which is set up in and around the old Station, enabling Mum to be spoilt with edible treats (and really good coffee); jewellery and décor; clothes and accessories; perfumes and soaps; and plants and succulents.

The Train Museum will be open, to learn about the history of the Umgeni Steam Railway, and the model railway display will be operational.

The round trip is three hours all in and pre-booking is essential. In the spirit of Mother’s Day – Umgeni Steam Railway is charging reduced ticket prices for both trains on May 9– with one standard ticket price throughout.

Stalls at the Inchanga Craft market, and on-board souvenirs and refreshments are on a cash-only basis.

To keep the prices low and to accommodate additional coaches, the Mother’s Day trains will be diesel-hauled.

The Umgeni Steam Railway runs the last Sunday of each month, and on select holidays.

The Umgeni Steam Railway is run entirely by volunteers. It is a proud member of, and supported by, 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation. To find out about these and other things to do in the area – visit The Valley of a 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation website at

There are also month-end coaches on May 29 (afternoon) and May 30 (morning and afternoon).

The Inchanga Choo Choo will leave The Stokers Arms in Kloof on May 9 at 08h30 and 12h30. Special prices for Mother's Day are R190 each for adults, pensioners and children. To book visit