Railway Heritage

Update on reconstruction of NGG 16, No. 88.

Our Bloemfontein workshops continue to move ahead relentlessly on the above project. Having had some…

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NGG 16, No. 88, is coming along very steadily - engine units rebuild

NGG 16, No. 88, is coming along very steadily. Here is an updated picture of one of the engine units…

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Australian Visitor Pops In At Bloemfontein Works.From: Peter Micenko
Subject: SANDSTONE STEAM RAILWAY; Restoration of steam crane at Bloemfontein

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Feedback on O&K Locomotives

The Sandstone Heritage Trust owns the following O&K locomotives, together with an Arn Jung unit…

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Two locomotives move to Bloemfontein.Kerr Stuart loco, No. 4062, has been problematic since it was restored.There is a technical question …

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O and K loco no 10311 moves to Bloemfontein for upgrade...

Locomotive O&K number 10311 was offloaded in Bloemfontein last week. Attached is a preliminary r…

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Restoration begins on another Angolan sugar locoAfter Sandstone's visit to Angola in 2003, a number of ex sugar estate locos were acquired and broug…

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Progress report – O&K Locomotive No. 11112

23rd November 2009

 

O&K 11112 is progressing well in Bloemfontein. The original 500mm gaug…

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NGG 16 No:88

20th April 2010

Assembled and ready to work at Sandstone Estates.

15th April 2010

No. 88 has left B…

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Freight stock begins to arrive at Sandstone. Diesel Tanker (Thabiso load)The first of the freight stock items (total 114 units) purchased by the Sandstone Heritage Trust has …

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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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