Did you ever read "The Railway Children" by Edith Nesbit? The story was about a family who moved to the country after their father was falsely accused of being a spy and put in prison. There is a railway line that goes down the bottom of their garden and they become fascinated by the trains. They strike up a friendship with the old station master, called Perks. Somehow he helps solve the mystery around Father's capture and when he is released after being proven innocent, the family are reunited! It's a delightful story! One that I really think I am going to read again!
There are several trains where you can re-live the sights, sounds and smells of the old steam train. There is one that funs from Kloof to Ichanga called the Umgeni Steam Railway. Maybe that's a good one to go on as it's pretty close to where my folks live! Another nice one could be the Apple Express - lovely picnic, good scenery! I am struggling to think of something nicer than that! A trip throught the Garden Route on a train would be another good one!
Hmmmm! Forget the scenery, forget the picnic baskets! Imagine lying on one of those bunks as the train goes clickety, clack along the tracks, rocking from side to side - quietly whispering "I think I can, I think I can .... ....." then along comes sleep - ooooh! Sounds like heaven to me@