The Sandstone Steam Railway Stock List March 23.
The Sandstone Steam Railway Stock list has been updated to reflect some locomotive availability changes.
NG10 number 61 out of service for boiler repairs
NG4 number 16 returned to service
NG6 number BR7 returned to service
NGG11 number 52 returned to service
NGG16 number 113 returned to service
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NGG16 number 113 in for repairs.
With our Easter steam event just a few weeks away, NGG16, number 113, is having its front pony wheels replaced on each engine unit as they have developed sharp flanges, which are out of official specification. Each engine unit is split from the boiler section and can then be safely worked on. Our picture shows the front unit split from the boiler. Unlike a conventional locomotive, the Garratt design cannot be jacked safely in one piece as any major vertical movement between the engine unit and the boiler could cause severe damage to the pivots between the two sections. Repairs will be completed in about a week.
A visit to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe in 2019 resulted in a splendid find, a 1931 Dodge Brothers Hunting Van which was acquired from the owner by Sandstone. After many delays, thanks to Covid and export issues in Zimbabwe, the vehicle finally arrived in South Africa in February 2023.
The Dodge Hunting Van. Bulawayo 1931.
You can read the fascinating story of this unique vehicle here.
In the Press
The magic button for the ”In the Press” section which covers all our media mentions is just below the main home page image on the Sandstone site. Over the recent weeks we have done a major revamp on the site to bring together all the media mentions we have had over the last few years since the web site began in 2005. To celebrate this we have put together a short Media Review of the latest stories which we know you will enjoy! Click here to see the review then click on the magic button, “in the Press” to see our varied media coverage since 2005.
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Old Glory March 2023
Our upcoming Easter Steam and Cosmos Festival, in April 2023, has received a couple of mentions in the latest edition of Old Glory magazine together with a short write up on our Cherry Festival Event last November. One article is in the Vintage World section by Derek Rayner, which also covers a story on a South African Aveling & Porter portable engine at Springs near Johannesburg. The main magazine also features the new Sandstone book, “The Sandstone Steam Railway, the story continues” which receives a favourable review. Our thanks to Old Glory magazine for this excellent coverage!
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Old Glory Magazine Link 1
Old Glory Magazine Link 2
A picture gallery of the Sandstone Steam Railway Collection
We are often asked for information on the locomotives and rolling stock at Sandstone. We have published regular stock lists for the last few years and now that we have moved all our 3’6” gauge locomotives to Sandstone we have put together a picture gallery of all our locomotives and rolling stock. 3’6” gauge wagons and coaches is still in production and will be posted soon.
Sandstone Locomotives Part 1 NG
Sandstone Locomotives Part 2 Cape Gauge
Sandstone Locomotives Part 3 Cape Gauge industrial
Sandstone Locomotives Part 4 NG industrial
Sandstone Locomotives Part 5 Diesel Locomotives
Sandstone NG wagons
Sandstone’s National Engine
One of the major attractions at Sandstone is the 1935 National Oil engine situated inside the bar area at the Waenhuis Restaurant in the main complex of Sandstone. The distinctive thump, thump of its exhaust is well known to many of our visitors. Sadly it suffered a major failure at our Easter event in 2022 but was repaired in time for the Cherry Steam event in November 2022 thanks to the efforts of the Curator of the Stationary Engine Museum at Sandstone, Danie Pretorius, and Andy Selfe.
Stationary Engine magazine, the premier periodical on stationary engines, has published an article by Andy Selfe on the National and its repair. Andy has raised a query that readers of the article may be able assist with regarding the air receiver on the engine. If you can assist, please get in touch with us : Contact Us
You can read the article by clicking on the the link below: