President Kruger’s State Railway Coach

Most railway lines north of the Vaal River were operated by the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij (NZASM) prior to 1900. On 2 January 1894 the NZASM ordered two sets of luxury coaches from the firm of J.J. Beijnes in the Netherlands. The one set was for the use of President Kruger, while the second set was for the use of the company directors.

President Kruger used his coach from 1894 till 1900, on official visits and political campaigns to parts of the ZAR and on his trips to Natal and Bloemfontein during the Boer War.  He also lived for a short time in the coach while at Machadodorp.  The last time President Kruger travelled in the railway coach was when he travelled to Lourenco Marques, to go from there in exile to Europe. Thereafter the coach was used to convey senior government officials in South Africa and Namibia.

The Kruger and the directors’ coaches were taken out of service by the South African Railways in 1934, because of their deteriorating condition.  The interiors of both were superficially restored in 1951.  In 1952 the Kruger coach was brought to its present site at the Kruger museum.  The directors’ coach, with a NZASM locomotive, has been located on the main platform of Pret

Kruger Museum

The Kruger Museum and its contents bear witness to the forceful personality of the man who lived there as leader of a small republic in southern Africa, at a stormy and unsettling time of his people’s long struggle against British imperialism.

The Museum consists of the original house in which S.J.P. Kruger, President of the old Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR), and his family lived during the last years of the 19th century, as well as two display halls and President Kruger’s State Railway Coach.

The Kruger house, built in 1884, was the original home of Paul Kruger, President of the former Transvaal Boer Republic. The house has been refurbished to reflect the time when the President and his wife, Gezina Kruger, lived there. International admiration for Paul Kruger and the struggle for freedom from British imperialism, his journey to Europe and his exile, are illustrated in the exhibitions. Adjacent to the Kruger Museum is the former Bantu Commissioner’s Office Building, erected in 1932 on the same site as the old Native Pass Office. The people of Tshwane and environs remember the building as “gaMohle”. Its history of enforcing the Pass Laws dates back to 1896 when Paul Kruger’s government used the site for its police headquarters.

Paul Kruger

Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger was born in the Cape Province on 10 October 1825 and baptised in the Dutch Reformed parish of Cradock.  In 1836 his family joined the Voortrekker leader Andries Potgieter and settled in the Western Transvaal where Paul was granted the farm Waterkloof near Rustenburg.

He married Maria du Plessis in 1842 and after her death a few years later he married her cousin, Gezina who bore him sixteen children (seven daughters and nine sons of which some died in infancy).  In 1845 he became more and more involved in the politics of the Voortrekker state north of the Vaal River.  This Boer republic was annexed by the British in 1877 and Paul Kruger took a leading role in the Transvaal War against Britain in 1889-1881.  At the age of 57 Kruger was elected President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) and took up residence at Kruger House in Pretoria.

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Admission Fees


Prices for Adults, Learners and Senior Citizens

Adults Domestic
R45.00 p/p
Adults : International
R65.00 p/p
Learners
R25.00 p/p
Students
R30.00 p/p
SA Senior Citizens
R30.00 p/p
Guided Tour (with Museum Guide)   (prior arrangement)
R60.00 p/p
Guided Tour (with Museum Guide)   (international visitors)
R95.00 p/p
Guided Tours for Senior Citizens / Students
R40.00 p/p
School Groups: Children (Teachers Free)
 R35.00 p/p

Contact Information


Physical Address:
60 WF Nkomo Street, Pretoria

Contact Details

Tel: 012 321 0816, 012 492 5744
Fax: 012 326 9595
Email: mconradie@ditsong.org.za

Admission:
Weekdays: 08:30 – 16:30
Weekends and Public Holidays :09:00 – 16:30
(Except Good Friday and Christmas Day)

EXTENDED OPENING HOURS – September to November

Weekdays: 08:30 – 17:30
Weekends and Public Holidays :09:00 – 17:00

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