Geoff's Trains News
21 March 2013

All of our 2013 tours are now confirmed

Preparations are proceeding well for all of our tours including the first of the season, southern African steam in May, but more on that below. First, I would like to update you on our tours to England, Wales, Switzerland and Kenya.

The Trains and Treasures of England
08 to 21 June 2013

This tour will run as a smaller group than originally planned, with a revised maximum of just 15 guests. All of our tours this year have seen fewer bookings that had been anticipated, and this one is no exception with six guests booked so far.  I look forward to hearing from you if you would like to join this group of very nice people who have all travelled with Geoff's Trains before, but do so soon as spare hotel space must be released soon.

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The Kenya Wildlife Safari
24 August to 06 September 2013

This will be an outstanding wildlife adventure, travelling to a selection of Kenya's game reserves. The tour will use mini-buses of which the first is already full, resulting in the tour being confirmed. Even if the tour fills to the maximum 16 guests you will not be crowded and will still enjoy the services of your host, Geoff Cooke, and a knowleagable local driver / guide.

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Switzerland by Rail
23 September to 07 October

One lady who travels with Geoff's Trains regularly has booked on this tour and would like to share a twin hotel room to avoid the single supplement. If this interests you please let me know and, if appropriate, I can put you in touch with each other. The tour will now run with a minimum of 11 and a maxmum of 16 guests. With adequate bookings to confirm that it will run and limited space available - book soon!

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Steam in England and Wales
12 to 23 October 2013

This tour will appeal to steam enthusiasts as well as anyone looking for a different visit to mid and north Wales. Already confirmed, it is expected to be fully booked.

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The Southern African Steam Season
03 to 31 May 2013

All of the tours that make up the southern African steam season are confirmed. Unused hotel allocations will be released at the end of March and any bookings thereafter will be subject to availability. There is still space, please contact us if you have any questions.

Preparations for the Stars of Sandstone Festival are proceeding well and the six photo charter trains we are planning should run as advertised. There will still be enough time to enjoy the rest of the action, including many more trains on the 2 foot gauge lines, steam traction engines, vintage cars, military equipment and tractors, draft animals and more. Meals are all included and the bar will be open. If you have not yet visited Sandstone you should not miss this opportunity - I have not met anyone who has visited who would not like to return. To see the latest newsletter from Sandstone, click here.

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The Garratts in Natal tour is looking great as well. Both Avonside tank locomotives should be running in the sugar cane fields on the Patons Country NG Railway and I am told that the NGG11 Garratt is also in good order. We will use the Cape Gauge Class 19D from Riverside to Creighton before continuing to Pietermaritzburg and back behind the GMAM Garratt. This is a tour for photographers that explores the scenic opportunities on an outstanding line with an impressive Garratt and mixed train.

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Having seen two Garratts working in Natal, we move on to Zimbabwe where we plan to see at least five more in steam. Zimbabwe is well known as the last stronghold of the Garratt, with a small fleet still used by the National Railways of Zimbabwe as well as the Hwange Colliery and the Victoria Steam Train Company. These mighty machines will be seen and photographed in the best locations, but there is uncertainty as to whether we can repeat it next year. There is no better time than now!

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Plans for 2014
Great Britain

September 2014

Plans are being developed for a railfan tour that will include a four day steam journey from London to Penzance, around North Cornwall and back again, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the last ever Atlantic Coast Express service over this route. This part of the tour should be steam all of the way, with two Southern Railway Bullied Pacifics in charge along the Dawlish sea wall. Also being considered are train journeys from London to Settle and on to Carlisle. From there we may visit the Scottish highlands. Whilst it is not anticipated that these trains will run with steam, the tour should offer an ideal opportunity to see Britain by rail. If the tour interests you and if you have suggestions on what you would like to see included, please let me know.

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Southern African Steam Season 2014

We are working on ideas for our 2014 Africa season and would like to hear from anyone with a personal wish list. I would particularly like to hear from you if you would have liked to join us this year but for any reason felt that the tour was not for you. Maybe we can fix that in 2014?

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