Railway Heritage

91 Class Diesel

Sandstone’s newly acquired 91 class diesel electric locomotive, 91 010, has been collected fro…

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Steam Report 24 Oct 2016

The Fouriesburg Country Tours have booked 2 trains, one on Thursday and the next one this coming Th…

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Steam Report 14 Oct 2016

Two weeks ago we had the 702 Radio Station with us on a short train to Grootdraai. We have steamed…

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NGG11 No 52 steams again after 46 years!

Last steamed around 1970 at Rustenburg Platinum Mines, Class NGG11 Garratt No.52 moved under its own…

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 North British Locomotive Preservation

The latest newsletter from the North British Locomotive Preservation Group features Sandstone He…

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Diesel Power!

The Port Elizabeth to Avontuur 2 ft narrow gauge railway was very much a viable proposition in the…

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Steam Report 26 Sept

On Saturday the 24th of September we had our Heritage day event and have steamed Class NGG 16&rsquo…

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16CR restoration begins.

Our 16CR locomotive Number 821 has been scheduled for a cosmetic restoration for some time. Gert Jub…

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Sandstone Estates Steam Railway News 14 Sept 2016

During the last week and a half we have pulled out all the Stationary Boilers and Traction Engines f…

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Class NG10 South African Railways Number 61. The restoration begins.

The sole surviving NG10 narrow gauge pacific has been in the Sandstone collection for a number of y…

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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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