Railway Heritage

NG10 number 61. On to the finish!

With the boiler now mounted and positioned correctly in the frames work has begun on fitting the lag…

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Restoration at Bloemfontein

Sandstone recently successfully bid for a Transnet tender to complete Phase 1 of the restoration of…

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NGG16 number 113 29 March 2018

The boiler section of number 113 has now been returned to Sandstone where new superheater elements w…

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NGG16 number 113, the hydraulic test with a little help from the 19th century

The recently retubed number 113 has undergone and passed its hydraulic test with the aid of a pump d…

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Number 113’s boiler ready for its hydraulic test

The boiler of NGG16 number 113 is now also complete and the boiler will now be blanked off to receiv…

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News from Bloemfontein. The NG10 receives its new boiler

News from Bloemfontein. The NG10 receives its new boiler.

The rebuilt boiler for NG10 number 61 has…

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NGG16 Number 113 almost complete.

The small and large tubes for number 113 have been fitted and expanded into the firebox tube plate.…

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NGG16 number 113 update 2 Mar 2018

The hard work is paying off and the small tubes have now been placed in the boiler. The larger tubes…

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The tubes are prepared for NGG16 Number 113

The boiler tubes have now been swaged and annealed ready for fitment into the boiler of number 113.…

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Steam Report 19 Feb

The latest Steam Report from the Sandstone Steam Team

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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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