Railway Heritage

Celebrity 15F number 3052

Celebrity 15F number 3052, “Avril”, has been moved from Friends of the Rail in Pretoria…

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NG10 Update 20 July 2017

After receiving the necessary machined fixing bolts the brake shaft and bissel bogie have now been f…

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Hoekfontein Station & Yard


Gert Jubileus from our rail division has produced an excellent schematic map of Hoekfontein…

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NG10 Update 11 Jul 2017

While spares are awaited to finish the bissel truck attention has shifted to the front bogie of the…

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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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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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