Sandstone Steam Railway News 18 December 2015
Class NGG11 No. 52 - end of year report
Since our previous update all four valve and piston assembl…
Update on NGG11 No. 52 November 2015
Work continues on the motion of No. 52 – all the valves h…
O&K 11112 now ready for steam trials
Rescued from the Companhia Do Assucar De Angola (CAA), Faze…
Class NGG11 No. 52 moves forward
Hot on the heels of the two completed O&K locomotives, Lukas Ne…
Update on NGG11 No. 52 September 2015
Despite earlier difficulties with a lack of drawings the rest…
Update on O&K 1112 September 2015
Ex-Angola O&K No. 11112 is reaching the end of its restor…
Update on O&K 0-6-0T 11112/1925
Ex Companhia Do Assucar De Angola
Originally 500mm gauge convert…
Sandstone Heritage Trust has a varied collection of stationary engines but one gem that is…
Update on 14R 1745 - Impending scrapping put on hold
Sandstone is pleased to announce that the impen…
Railway Heritage 647
2ft Narrow Gauge 101
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.