An international tour to Sandstone in 2023!

One of the first International Tours to Sandstone since the Pandemic has been announced by Timeline Events for May/June this year. This is exciting news as it heralds the return of International visitor groups to Sandstone after a gap of nearly four years and is one of two tours proposed for 2023 at present.  Should you wish to join this tour full details are available via the link in the mailer below.

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May 29th (arrival) to 5th June (departure) 2023
It is with great pleasure that we can offer a trip to photograph one of the world’s most fascinating and extensive collections of two foot gauge railway locomotives and rolling stock which operates alongside an incredible wealth of working heritage machinery against a stunningly scenic backdrop.
Sandstone Estates occupies a vast area of some 17,000 acres and is located near the border between South Africa’s Eastern Free State and the neighbouring country of Lesotho. Wheat, maize, sunflowers, cosmos and soya beans are grown across the Estate. Alongside this business has been accumulated an immense heritage collection of steam locomotives and rolling stock, much of which has over the years been restored to full working order. In addition, a great many other aspects of South Africa’s rich transport and agricultural past can be found here; taken together it forms one of the most interesting transport collections existing today, and we have been offered six full days on the Estate exclusively photographing at this amazing location with the emphasis very much on the narrow gauge steam.
Our events will work on the basis that the very best results given the extremely spectacular and inspiring lighting we are likely to have are best obtained just after sunrise as the sun clears the hills and then again at sunset as the warm evening glow turns to gold. Early in the morning and again in the later afternoon to early evening we will be in position at the better locations to make the best possible use of the available light for several hours, when we hope to obtain those glints, silhouettes and similar which the vast majority of steam photographers covet. With our locos being prepared before daylight, these are the types of shots that can only be obtained on a charter. This does not of course mean the other hours of daylight will be neglected, as we certainly intend to use this time to set up an array of cameos using not only the trains but also a selection from the fantastic array of heritage machinery that is preserved in full working order on site, much of it truly historic. This includes traction engines, steam wagon, vintage tractors in abundance - and we should have one of the fine oxen trains to photograph hauling authentic wagons.
Over the course of the charters there should be something to interest every taste, all set against a spectacular backdrop with lots to see and experience in addition to the trains. We aim for a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere with many great photography opportunities.

For more details, please click on the Link below…