Railway Heritage

NG10 Progress.

The bissel has been reassembled and refitted with its wheels and placed in position under the rear o…

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Two more Lawleys.

The two Lawley locomotives (BR7 & NG97) at Sandstone are perhaps the most popular engines with v…

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Update on the NG10 27 June

The bissel components have been returned from machining and the bissel reassembled. Work now continu…

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NG10 Update

The new bissel castings and brake shaft are being prepared for some major machining work and welding…

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NGG16 153

This stalwart loco of the Sandstone fleet had had the boiler unit lifted from the two engine units t…

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Update on the NG10 boiler repairs June 2017.

Keith Stevens is moving ahead well with the boiler repairs for NG10 number 61.The photographs show t…

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Update on the NG10. 1st June 2017

Our updates lately have not been the usual “glamorous" ones as Lukas Nel and the Bloemfontein…

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Update on NG10 number 61.

While boiler repairs continue at Keith Stevens Mechanical in Howick, Lukas Nel and his team have bee…

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A new arrival at Sandstone, Caboose 14898.

Similar to our Type ZO-5 Caboose14856 at the locomotive depot, 14898 is of the smaller ZO-6 type bei…

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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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