Bushtracks Steam Safaris : FAQs

Is the train operated by steam locomotives?

Yes, The Royal Livingstone Express and Bushtracks Express use a combination of carriages restored by Rohan Vos of Rovos Rail and are pulled by one of our locomotive options. The train is fully air-conditioned and configured from the front as follows; 

Loco 156 is a 10th Class built in 1922 belonging to the largest Private railway network in the World, Zambezi Sawmills Limited. It was used on the Mulobezi Line to pull logging carriages from the forests in Mulobezi to the rail head in Livingstone. David Shepherd, the renowned wildlife artist, rescued the locomotive and totally renovated it, to its former glory. He then donated it to National Heritage. Bushtracks has subsequently restored the locomotive to full working order.

Loco 204 is a 12th Class locomotive built in 1924. The loco was fully refurbished by Bushtracks in 2008 and currently pulls the train alternatively with Locomotive 156.

Loco 512 is a 14th Class built in 1952 by Beyer Peacock in England and was in service from 24th November 1952 to 1994.

Are meals prepared onboard?

The first carriage joined to the locomotive, is where the Royal Livingstone Hotel and Victoria Falls Hotel chefs prepare the five course dinner enjoyed by the guests aboard the train. This ensures the dinner is of the highest quality and presentation.

Is there an Observation Car on board?

Yes, The Observation Car - Carriage No 4933 & Carriage No 225 houses a bar and veranda-viewing deck, Please note smoking is
only permitted on the outside deck and not inside any of the carriages.

Is smoking permitted onboard?

Yes, although smoking is only permitted on the outside balcony of the Observation Car. Smoking is not permitted in any of the carriages.