Railway Heritage

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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NG10 Boiler Update

Keith Stevens has sent us a gallery of the recent work on the NG10 boiler which is now almost comple…

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NG10 number 61 - Tender love and care

While the Bloemfontein team awaits the boiler from Keith Steven’s Workshop, Lukas and the team are s…

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NG10 Number 61

While Bloemfontein awaits the new boiler from Keith Stevens in Howick, Lukas Nel and his team have m…

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The Last Rites of The Alfred County Railway

Narrow gauge enthusiasts around the world have been shocked by the scrapping of the last remaining…

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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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