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Film & Photo Shootings at Reefsteamers Depot area


13 July 2019 Winter Steam Depot Photo shoot Booking Closed

...absolutely don’t miss the amazing spectacle of a 12AR & a 15F double heading

Two Steam Locos in Steam confirmed!!

2 steam engines will now be in steam on 13 July 2019 - steam action almost unheard of in South Africa and there are just a few places left for photographers/ steam enthusiasts!! Book today!!

A winter photo shoot  is scheduled for 13th July 2019, specifically for steam loco enthusiasts / action photographers to access the Reefsteamers depot in Germiston to photograph the 100 year old Steam locomotive of the SAR Type 12AR No. 1535 "Susan" and the 74 year old SAR Type 15F No. 3046 "Vreni" in steam doing repeated run pasts in the beautiful early morning light. All action will take place within the Reefsteamers security area where there is secure parking.

As well as a running a loco in steam there are many other photographic opportunities - several parked locos including a condensing 25 class, 25Nc's, partially stripped locos, derelict wagons, coaches, sheds and large workshops with a 15CA, Class 6 locos, coaches and other equipment under repair.

We assemble at the depot just before dawn for a quick cup of coffee - the freezing weather makes for fantastic steam photography at a cost of R750 per photographer and R700 per accompanying visitor. For safety reasons young children (ie below 15 )are not allowed. Early booking is essential.

These monies all go to preserving vintage steam locos in South Africa. Please contact me at to make your booking.

Reefsteamers T&C's for Photo Shootings

 Sundays Closed for Film and Photo shootings

Reefsteamers has a wide variety of film and photo locations on its Germiston Steam Depot premises; Old industrial buildings with ancient machinery, a diverse terrain with industry and open field character.

Reefsteamers is able to assist the filming industry when they require locomotives, coaches or other related equipment. We can also help you with finding the perfect scenery backdrops along the various railway lines.

Reefsteamers has provided locomotives, coaches and other related equipment for some well known productions and we are more than capable of assisting you.

Here are a variety of shoots possible: whether commercial commercials or professional photo shootings, anything is possible! Reefsteamers can also provide steam locomotives and trains for use in adverts and film productions.

If you would like to see our train and equipment, please contact us to make an appointment. We will then gladly set up a site inspection with you.


Please ask for a quote for your special film train, our Photo division manager Ian Morrison will provide you with the necessary informations you will need for your project.

A) Commercial Photo / Film sessions with our Rolling Stock in South Africa

Reefsteamers can also provide steam locomotives and trains for use in adverts and films on different railway lines. Please ask for a quote for your special film train.
For all enquires and bookings please email

B) Reefsteamers Depot Photo Visits

Important: all visits must be pre-booked by emailing

Reefsteamers depot in Germiston provides unbelievable photographic opportunities in an industrial setting. We have vintage steam locomotives in various stages of restoration, old railway carriages and various old buildings providing a multitude of options:
Photography GroupsGroups normally come on one of the days we are running one of our Magaliesburg trips to photograph the preparation of the locomotive in the morning and then general photography around the depot.

C) Private Photo session on regular train operation days or without a working steam engine

The prices for photo sessions (formal or informal) are as following:
1/2 Day (4 Hours) = R300 / videographer / MUA / assistant and R50 per accompanying non photographer  i.e. model attending.

Full day shoot = R600  / videographer/ MUA / assistant  and R50 per accompanying non photographer attending.

On days when there are RS trips to Heidelberg & Irene: photographers visiting the depot for photo shoots can enhance their experience and portfolio with a short 'steam loco powered' ride to either Park Station or Rhodesfield at an additional fee of  R100 and R75 respectively.

Those wishing to proceed from Park Station to Magalies or from Rhodesfield to Irene need to book in advance at booking

Photo-shoots that are not booked in advance will attract an additional charge of R250 per person

Additional Costs:

- One steam engine in action: R20'000 per day
- Each additional steam engine in action: R15'000 per day
- Diesel shunter Loco (within the Depot area): R1'000 per Day

See our T&C's about Photo & Film Session 2018.02.04

Examples of videos / advert film and photo shootings

Copyright: Donavan Aarons from 10.06.2015 published: Steampunk Promotional video for Jaco Bothma Photography South Africa


Mountain Dew Advert, captured with Reefsteamers trains