Railway Heritage

NGG16A number 155 under restoration. Update number 5 February 2020

Work continues apace at Sandstone on the engine units for 155. The frames have been thoroughly clean…

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Sandstone’s Decauville 0-4-0T live steam model in 7/8ths scale.

David Fletcher who designs live steam models for Accucraft visited us some time ago and we assisted…

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NGG16A number 155 under restoration. Update number 4 February 2020

The magnetic particle inspection is now complete and the wall thickness testing complete. No cracks…

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NGG16A number 155 under restoration.

While work continues on the boiler in Pretoria, Gert Jubileus and his team have been busy at the San…

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NGG16A number 155 under restoration. Update number 1 February 2020

Preparatory work on the boiler of number 155 has begun in Pretoria with the old tubes being removed…

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NGG16A number 155 under restoration

After many years of debate Sandstone Heritage Trust has put the wheels in motion for the restoratio…

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The Vale of Rheidol Railway.

Sandstone Heritage Trust has an ongoing dialogue with this famous narrow gauge railway in Wales. No…

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Garratt Bucher from the Hempstead & Northern Railroad in Hempstead, Texas, has put together an i…

Read more: SAR Class NGG13. A fascinating story of their number plates.

Sandstone Heritage Trust South African Railways Class 19D

In September 2015 the last steam locomotive in full commercial service in South Africa, 19D Saai…

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Sandstone Heritage Trust, Bloemfontein workshops.

Although Sandstone is reasonably well known as a destination it is less well known that we operate a major locomotive refurbishment programme at our Bloemfontein workshops. This is located in the old Steam Depot which was the home of constant Steam activity for many decades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandstone has agreed with South Africa's top model makers to host a special section on their web site which would concentrate on areas of interest for railway locomotive model makers worldwide. The idea was proposed by Andries Keyser, whose introduction features below.

One of our most steadfast supporters over the years and someone who has been of immense assistance to model makers around the world with respect to the provision of technical information is Hannes Paling. As a summary to the outstanding contributions that Hannes has made and continues to make he has prepared this introductory statement for us:

Since the start of the industrial revolution man has created many types of machines, the steam locomotive was one of these. The steam locomotive has held a special fascination to young and old for more than a century. With the withdrawal of the steam locomotive from active service a vacuum was formed which was ably filled by the Sandstone Heritage Trust's Unique collection in this country, especially narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock. It has from the smallest locomotive, a Decauville type 1, which is the only working example in the world, two examples of Lawleys with a rich history spanning more than a hundred years each, again the only working examples in the world and narrow gauge super power in the form of the NG15 and various Garratt classes, which don't need a introduction, with a good spread in between from all major manufacturers world wide.

Sandstone narrow gauge railway and website has been a inspiration to many model builders around the world, examples of Sandstone engines are built in Australia, the UK, the States, Europe, Germany and of course South Africa, from small H0 gauge models to one third size working models are built. Many of the models built in other countries were inspired by photo's on the Sandstone website.

To all model builders around the world, please let us have pictures of your work, perhaps we could share some of our experiences.

Best regards,
Hannes Paling

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