Railway Heritage

91 Class diesel

Some new drawings and information.

The Transnet Library with kind assistance from Yolanda Meyer has…

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Bloemfontein Update on NGG11 number 52.

With the number plates fitted, number 52 is almost complete but work is still required to rectify so…

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Bloemfontein Update on NG 10 number 61

Although much effort is concentrated on completing NGG11 number 52, the Bloemfontein team under Luka…

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Steam Report 24 Nov 2016

Last week we again had our annual Cherry Festival event and have used two class NGG 16”s numb…

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Media News from the UK

The prestigious rail magazines, Narrow Gauge World and The Railway Magazine have recently give…

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David Shepherd’s 15F

David Shepherd’s 15F continues to pull capacity trains to Cullinan from Friends of the Rail in…

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Bloemfontein News

NGG11 No 52 is now undergoing its final painting. There is still some mechanical work to be do…

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NG10 update

The tender tank is nearly complete and has been built in the original style as it left the Baldwin W…

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Steam Report 11 Nov 2016

The past week we have attended to the cosmetic upgrading of the Sandstone Estates Class 91 Diesel L…

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Program for German TV

Wolfgang Schumacher and Joachim Smit visited Stars of Sandstone in 2015 and produced this programme…

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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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