Johannesburg’s steam train

Film & Photo Shootings at Reefsteamers Depot area

Next Public Depot Winter Steam Photo Shooting: 07. July 2018

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

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.

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) = R250 per photographer / videographer / MUA / assistant and R50 per accompanying non photographer  i.e. model attending.

Full day shoot = R500 per photographer / videographer/ MUA / assistant  and R50 per accompanying non photographer attending.

On days when there are RS trips to Magalies & 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