The Blue Train travels an approximately 1,600-kilometre (990 mi) journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town.

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The Blue Train is operated by Luxrail, a division of Transnet Freight Rail, South Africa's national railway operator.

Operations currently require two Blue Trains in operation.

One operates in the northern direction and the other in the southern direction, allowing for daily departures from both ends of the route.

The first train accommodates 74 guests in 37 suites.

The second accommodates 58 guests in 29 suites and features a conference or observation car at the back of the train.

The trains travel at a speed of 90 kilometres per hour (56 mph).Exterior As the world's only hotel located in a major league sports and entertainment venue (Rogers Centre), this full service CAA/AAA Four Diamond hotel is located in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District.The Union Express introduced luxury features such as a dining saloon in 1933 and air-conditioned carriages in 1939.After a break in service in World War II the service returned in 1946.With the reintroduction of the train, the colloquial "blue train" moniker, a reference to the blue-painted steel carriages introduced in 1937, By 2004 the last two routes have since been suspended, the former due to lack of patronage, the latter due to erratic rail rates being charged for access to the network of financially strapped Zimbabwe.Shosholoza Meyl, the long distance train division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa operates trains on the same Pretoria to Cape Town route, with one train per day in each direction, but is not a 'luxury' service.