Umgeni Steam Railway is a non-profit section 10 volunteer-run organisation based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Our purpose is to preserve South African steam heritage for future generations to enjoy.
We run on the last weekend of every month, with occasional specials. Our operations were suspended during the hard lockdown that was imposed on South Africa due to COVID19. Once regulations were relaxed and we were able to operate, our capacity was restricted to 70%, which impacted on our turnover.
From the 8th - 12th of April 2022, Durban & surrounds experienced around 500mm of rain causing devastation & unfortunately our railway line also suffered. There are many places where landslides have occurred, sinkholes developed & the foundation under the railway line was washed away, leaving the railway line hanging in the air. We have had to cancel fully booked trains which means we are unable to generate funds to repair our railway line.
We estimate it will cost approximately R1,000,000 (US$65,000) to fix & we are unable to fund the repairs alone & we are appealing for any donations, either monetary or of materials & machinery to assist us with the repairs to enable the oldest volunteer-run heritage organistion in South Africa to operate & continue providing fun-filled family memories.
For donations for the use of earthmoving equipment such as a TLB, & fill material please email email@example.com or send us a message on our social media pages.
For monetary donations:
Umgeni Steam Railway
Branch Code: 130126 (Musgrave)
Account Number: 130 125 9314
www.umgenisteamrailway.com/RSSA/membership.aspx - select donation option
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