Railway Heritage

Sandstone locos from the Estcourt-Weenen Line

A recently published booklet by the Railway History Society, an interest group of the RSSA Natal Br…

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Update on NG10 number 61

With the restoration of NGG11 number 52 now complete and the loco in service at Sandstone, the rest…

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More dining space at Sandstone.

Ex SAR Dining Car Number 218, “Riet” has been moved from its storage area at Sandstone t…

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The 1897 Lawley NG97

The completed rebuilt boiler for the 1897 Lawley NG97 has been loaded at Keith Steven’s Mechan…

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The New Railway

Construction at Sandstone is moving ahead of the new line designed primarily for our younger visito…

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The Sandstone Heritage Trust in South Africa are custodians of David Shepherd’s 15F loco, No.…


91-010 moves again

Sandstone’s 91 Class diesel moved under its own power after many years of standing idle and di…

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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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