Railway Heritage

Boiler repairs on NGG16 number 113

Lukas Nel and his team have now begun the descaling process on the boiler and outer firebox of 113.…

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NGG16 number 113, a first update for 2018.

Work has begun on grinding the tube plate at the firebox end of the boiler on 113. This needs to be…

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David Shepherd.

Steam Railway magazine has published an obituary from Sandstone Heritage Trust on this great man wh…

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Our final Steam Report for 2017

Our final Steam Report for 2017. Click on the link to see the latest Sandstone Railway news.

From a…

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Update on NGG16 number 113

This is our last report for 2017 before the workshop in Bloemfontein closes for the holiday break on…

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The boiler repairs begin on NGG16 number 113.

Lukas Nel and the Bloemfontein team have begun removing the tubes from NGG16 113. Our pictures show…

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Sandstone acquires the last two known G type cattle wagons from Port Elizabeth-Avontuur line.

The transport of live cattle by rail has long faded into history on the South African rail system an…

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NGG16 Number 113 to be retubed.

NGG16 number 113, built by Beyer Peacock in 1939, has been moved to Sandstone’s Bloemfontein Worksho…

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Steam Report 28 Nov 2017

The latest steam report from Gert Jubileus and his team at Sandstone is now available. Click here v…

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The Cherry Express.

NG15 number 17 is ready for action over the next two days with The Cherry Express in conjunction wit…

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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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