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Professional steam weekend for Natal Narrow gauge enthusiasts

Steam News - 12…

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Sandstone Heritage Trust Ficksburg Loco Shed - Cape Gauge

Railway Storage facility for 3'6" locomotives and rolling stock

It is not well known but we have a m…

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railroad!

LIVING STEAM!

 

Pretty Faces of a glorious past!

TRAIN NEWS FROM THE SANDSTONE STEAM RAILWAY

T…

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Today was a Dark Day!

TODAY WAS A DARK DAY, EVEN THE PICTURE DOESN'T LOOKS GOOD!

By Gert Jubileus

From years ago these G…

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Day visitor from Germany overwhelmed by his visit to Sandstone Estates and the Bloemfontein operatio

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th March 2010
By Hester Dietrichsen

On 3 March 2010 Andreas Roeder from Gr…

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Sandstone on YouTube
 

Cosmos Festival 2006

 
 

Since uploading the YouTube release from Trevor Staats we…

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railroad!

THE EASTERN SUN!

WHAT IS HAPPENING UNDER THE EASTERN SUN!

The Sandstone Steam Railway is situated…

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railway!

WARM SPARKING SPARKS!!!

During a rainy week we had the chance to finish the second AY Ballast wagon…

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railway!

THE HEART OF THE RAILWAYS - RAILS AND BALLAST

The Sandstone Estates Management recently awarded th…

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WAR TRAIN! 1941

 

People may not be aware, or the older people may have forgotten, about the part South Africa playe…

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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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