Railway Heritage

Update on O&K 0-6-0T 11112/1925

Update on O&K 0-6-0T 11112/1925

Ex Companhia Do Assucar De Angola

Originally 500mm gauge convert…

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Letter from Grant Fryer regarding 14R 1745

Letter from Grant Fryer regarding 14R 1745

Following on from the decision to scrap 14R No. 1745 we r…

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Restoration News from Sandstone Heritage Trust in Bloemfontein

Restoration News from Sandstone Heritage Trust in Bloemfontein

Sandstone’s Angola twins, O&K 111…

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Class 11 SAR No. 929 2-8-2 & CSAR No. 717 at Bloemfontein

Class 11 SAR No. 929 2-8-2 & CSAR No. 717

Built by NBL Glasgow 16266/1904

Designed by PA Hyde fo…

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Beyer-Garratt Class NG/G11 No. 52 Update April 2015

Beyer-Garratt Class NG/G11 No. 52 Update April 2015

The history of the steam locomotive is well docu…

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Update on O&K 0-6-0T 12140/1930

Update on O&K 0-6-0T 12140/1930

Ex Companhia Do Assucar De Angola

Originally 500mm gauge co…

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O&K 12691 undergoes steam trials at Sandstone

O&K 12691 undergoes steam trials at Sandstone

No. 12691 ready for unloading at her new home &nb…

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NGG11 No. 52 – Update from Bloemfontein

 NGG11 No. 52 – Update from Bloemfontein

The completed boiler of No. 52 showing the new tube p…

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The last Angolan 500mm gauge O&K

The Last Angolan 500mm Gauge O & K (no: 12140 of 1930) Moves into Preservation

After Sandstone’s…

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O&K No 12691 Passes Steam Test

O & K No 12691 Passes Steam Test

O & K No: 12691 passed her steam test at Bloemfontein on F…

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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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