Railway Heritage

Albert Falls Miniature RailwayRob Steiger owner of the Albert Falls miniature railway asked me to spread the word around that he w…

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Port Elizabeth Model Locomotive SocietyThe P. E. track is situated in the residential suburb of Sunridge Park and is part of a sports compl…

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2009 - National Live Steam Meet Pietermaritzburg

It was a typical day Wednesday June 29th, the ballast lay undisturbed as the sleepers were sleeping…

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The New Locomotive Layout In Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein depot is an integral part of the Sandstone loco restoration programme today under the d…

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Updates from Bloemfontein Shed

Lukas Nel who is far too busy restoring locomotives to produce long reports does nonetheless keep us…

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Old crane saved7th July 2009

Our Bloemfontein workshops have definitely got a grip on this project. A set of drawi…

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Bloem Class 19D 2654 Tender

03 July 2009 - Update 13

Further to the completion of restoration of 19D no 2654 Trevor Staats from Australia has supplied these excellent archive photos of 2654 working at Loraine gold mine in the Free State.…

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Update on reconstruction of NGG 16, No. 88.

Our Bloemfontein workshops continue to move ahead relentlessly on the above project. Having had some…

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NGG 16, No. 88, is coming along very steadily - engine units rebuild

NGG 16, No. 88, is coming along very steadily. Here is an updated picture of one of the engine units…

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Australian Visitor Pops In At Bloemfontein Works.From: Peter Micenko
Subject: SANDSTONE STEAM RAILWAY; Restoration of steam crane at Bloemfontein


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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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