Heritage Railway Association of Southern Africa

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HRASA Members

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Rail Trips & Tours

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“With a plume thrown confidently over her shoulder, her gaunt, steely rods whirling with stubborn ... Read more

Vision and Mission

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VISION"To be the recognised representative body for the benefit and support of its members and ... Read more

Route Maps

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Avontuur Branch Line (pdf)*Avontuur Branch Line (zip)*Mthatha Branch Line (pdf)*Mthatha Branch Line (zip)*Natal Railways (pdf)*Natal ... Read more

Commemorating 150 Years

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1860-2010 South Africa commemorates 150 years of rail As published in SA Rail V... Read more

Welcome to the website of the Heritage Railway Association of Southern Africa (HRASA). This website is intended to provide information about HRASA and its activities.

HRASA was formed to be the recognised representative body for the benefit and support of its members and to provide oversight of the heritage railway preservation and heritage railway tourism industry in Southern Africa.

HRASA's core members predominantly comprise various clubs, associations, trusts and individuals that are involved in some way in the history, preservation, use, running and maintenance of heritage railway equipment within the Southern African region. Most (but not all) those members are voluntary, non-profit, clubs or associations which in turn have public open membership.

In carrying out its mandate, HRASA has forged important strategic relationships with such bodies as Transnet SOC (including Transnet Foundation and Transnet Freight Rail), Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).


1. To represent its members’ interests to rail authorities, other statutory bodies, all tiers of Government and other bodies.

2. To maintain high standards by requiring members to conform to the relevant applicable standards and Codes of Practice and Conduct (including HRASA).

3. To provide professional advice, a full information service and other such help and assistance as may be appropriate.

4. To provide a forum for sharing information and experience by organising open meetings and seminars.

5. To help members to develop their business to include tourism, economic development and skills development programmes.

6. To encourage and assist members to develop education policies and practices.

7. To encourage excellence by recognising achievements through a designated awards programme.

8. To encourage and assist members on all aspects of their activities, including establishing and maintaining rational collecting, interpretation, archiving and operational policies.