Saturday, 27 December 2008
Friday, 26 December 2008
Another positive marketing idea from SARCC / Metrorail. Lets hope people support the idea. Hopefully somebody took some pictures of the special. There is a second special which could still be photographed on News Years day!
The route the express takes is interesting but also a logical route.
26 December 2008 and New Years Day the Khayelitsha Express makes a special day trip to the beaches of the South Peninsula.
Families from Khayelitsha, Nonkqubela, Nolungile, Mandalay, Stock Road, Philippi, Kapteinsklip, Lentegeur, Nyanga, Heideveld, Netreg, Bontheuwel, Langa and Mitchell’s Plain can board the Express for a day of fun at any of the beaches en route (Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek.)
Train departs Khayelitsha at 07:20 on both days and returns to Khayelitsha Station at 18:51.
The cost of this special family treat is a flat rate of R40 per person for a daily return ticket. Tickets may be bought at any of the stopping stations during business hours. On board cabin crew and security staff.
The offer is exclusive to the Express on the two public holidays only and season tickets (weeklies and monthlies) will not apply for this purpose.
Full timetable available below or call 0800 65 64 63.
Monday, 15 December 2008
As the express only stops at a few stations. We decided to go as far Mutual Station. After a swift journey, we arrived at Mutual on time. The platform was very busy with people waiting on the normal Metrorail trains. Some passengers do get on the express at Mutual but we were the only ones who got off.
The picture was taken by Les when the express was pulling away.
There is a very good and well written report on the express at Friends of the rail forum. See the link for some great pictures and the report.
On the 28th, we bought our tickets at Cape Town Station, the Khayelitsha Express has its own ticket counter for express reasons. Our set awaited us on platform 22. Smartly uniformed staff meet and greet you at the each door of the entire express. The train gets full pretty quickly and soon there are no seats left. You are offered a hot or cold drink of your choice and a news paper to read.
Train left at 17h10
Ticket cost R15 one way
Express left from Platform 22
The service is very good and well patronised. Good one SARCC / Metrorail for thinking positive!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
On the 27th of February 2008, I set out with Les Kenward after we had been given permission by Metrorail to visit the Khayelitsha Express. The express is staged at Paarden Island during the day when not in use due to security reasons. The express is made up of re-built 10M2 MC/TC and the newer 10M5. Security are on board the train 24 hours a day, to protect the interior from theft, as there is catreing equipment on each coach.
The coaches were very clean and well kept. We had full access to the set and really enjoyed the visit. The plan was to catch the service the next day.
Some pictures of our visit.
This information comes from the http://www.capemetrorail.co.za webapge.
The Minister of Transport, Jeff Radebe and SARCC CEO, Lucky Montana have recently unveiled the Khayelitsha Express Service to enhance Metrorail’s service as part of the passenger rail turn around strategy. The new service is expected to cut traveling between Khayelitsha and Cape Town while also providing for own vehicle users through park and ride facilities. The face-lift commuter train started running a full service on the 1st of November 2007, stopping at three stations only en route to Cape Town. The Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Leornard Ramatlakane and the Mayor of Cape Town Hellen Zille were amongst the dignitaries who graced the occasion. The celebration concluded with an inaugural trip on the Khayelitsha Express from Khayelitsha to Cape Town.
Some pictures from the launch of the service, also from the Cape Metrorails webpage.