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The train was comprised of a baggage car, a generator car, a single first class sleeper, an operational second class sleeper, what appeared to be a semi derelict second class sleeper, a diner carriage and a couple of economy seated carriages.
The first class carriage was painted in NRZ colours but was the 1958 stock, still with Rhodesian Railways logos.
The blind in my cabin did not work but the windows in the cabin and in the corridor easily opened for taking photographs/taking in the scenery.
I note a recent correspondent managed to getting bedding this was not available on my train so I wonder whether if it depends on the crew or which of the two trains you are on.
Bulawayo to Victoria Falls by train Harare to Bulawayo by train Other domestic train routes in Zimbabwe South Africa to Zimbabwe by train Botswana to Zimbabwe by train Zambia to Zimbabwe by train Namibia to Zimbabwe by bus Things to do & see in Vic Falls & Bulawayo Hotels in Vic Falls, Bulawayo & Zimbabwe This classic overnight train is the way to reach Vic Falls from Bulawayo, even though (given Zim's economic situation) it's now getting very down-at-heel.
But don't be put off, ignore anyone telling you to spend a night in a cramped bus seat (or worse, fly), don't miss this amazing rail travel adventure, a classic piece of history with British-built coaches, some with wood-panelled interiors, dating from 1952 & 1958.
Don't just take my word for it, see the travellers' reports below.
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Although they now carry National Railways of Zimbabwe insignia, they are still painted in the original 'Rhodesia Railways' colours, and windows and mirrors are etched with the 'RR' logo.
When moving about the train you had to be very careful as quite a lot of the carriage doors were banging open and shut including by the toilet.
The bunk was perfectly comfortable and I had a reasonable nights sleep, waking up briefly when we passed the southbound sleeper at around 2am.
Nice staff and a wonderful trip, we could see giraffes, antelopes and monkeys from the train. Arrived maybe an hour late to Victoria falls due to heavy load, but we would not mind more delays, since the trip was so fascinating." Traveller James Stephenson rode the Bulawayo to Vic Falls train in 2017: "I have just travelled through Zimbabwe and Zambia with my wife and two young children aged 9 and 7. The train is old and not perfectly clean but it really is fine.
We took the overnight train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls. We had a cabin to ourselves as there are four beds.
Instead I had a breakfast of items I had bought in the well-stocked Pick and Pay supermarket in the centre of Bulawayo.