Railway Heritage

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NGG11 News.
 
The front tank has now been fitted and work has begun on the mechanical lubricator,…

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Sandstone Estates Steam Railway News 18 July 2016

We now have started full time with the earthmoving work that is needed before we can construct the n…

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Sandstone Estates Steam Railway News 8 July 2016

 

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Sandstone Steam Railway News - 23 June 2016

 

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Sandstone Steam Railway News - 13 June 2016

 

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Sandstone secures DE2 locomotive spares

Sandstone secures DE2 locomotive spares.

Sandstone Heritage Trust has successfully bid for and been…

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Update on NGG11 No. 52

Update on NGG11 No 52

Lukas Nel and his team have completed further work on the cab and boiler mount…

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24 Class 3688

24 Class 3688

Sandstone’s newly acquired 24 Class 3688 has been moved to the Sandstone shed at…

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Sandstone’s Class 6C locomotive No 544

Sandstone’s Class 6C locomotive No 544.

The recent cosmetic restoration of 544 at Sandstone ha…

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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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