When we see Sandstone’s Class NG15 no: 17 steaming through Hoekfontein or remember its sterling performance on the Avontuur Adventurer in 2005, it is hard to imagine that this loco had a previous life. Rail historian Leith Paxton was very active with his camera on the Port Elizabeth narrow gauge in the 60’s and has kindly allowed us to use these photographs of NG15’s no: 17 and 19 (which still awaits restoration) in everyday service when Sandstone was not even conceived. We hope you enjoy this piece of narrow gauge history, 24 inches apart as it really was.

All photographs courtesy of Leith Paxton.

Class NG15 No.17 at Thornhill 12 Jan 1963
Class NG15 No.17 at Thornhill 12 Jan1963

Class NG15 No.17 at van Staden Station 12 Jan 1963.jpg

Class NG15 No.17 at van Staden Station 12 Jan 1963

Class NG15 No.19 at Humewood Rd 21 Nov 1966
Class NG15 No.19 at Humewood Rd 21 Nov 1966

Class NG15 No.19 at Port Elizabeth 1 Jan 1966

Class NG15 No.19 at Port Elizabeth 1Jan

Class NG15 No.19 Port Elizabeth 1 Jan 1966
Class NG15 No.19 PortElizabeth 1Jan 1966