Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th March 2010
By Hester Dietrichsen

On 3 March 2010 Andreas Roeder from Groettinger, Germany visited Sandstone Heritage Railway. Andreas is a member of the Eichenberger Waldbahn Railway ( in Germany. On Thursday 4 March 2010 he went to the Bloemfontein operations. Andreas was overwhelmed by all the steam locomotives and tractors he viewed at Sandstone Estates and the restoration work at the Bloemfontein operations. He handed over two beautiful 2010 calendars to both Sandstone Estates and the Bloemfontein operations. Andreas has a son in Pretoria who is voluntary working with homeless people.

During a tea break Andreas handed some material and books over to us.

This old steam pump used for the hydraulic test was very interesting to our visitor.

During his visit to Bloemfontein Steam Museum next to the German built Henshcell locomotive, Class 16E, No. 857

This locomotive is well known as this class is the locomotive with the biggest diameter driving wheels, 6 foot on 3foot 6 inch rail in the world.

Andreas with Leon and Isak during the hydraulic testing of locomotive NGG16 number 88 at Bloemfontein / Sandstone workshop.