Railway Heritage

The last locomotive from Bloemfontein moves to Sandstone.

The last Sandstone locomotive has now left Transnet’s  Bloemfontein Depot and has arrived at Sa…

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We received this excellent video of GMAM 4114 arriving at Sandstone which shows the sheer size of th…

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Heritage steam engines trade rail for road to get to new home. Times Live

A great article on our loco moves from Bloemfontein to Sandstone with many thanks to Paul Ash and T…

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Bloemfontein Loco Moves. GMAM 4114 arrives at Sandstone.

GMAM 4114 has been off loaded at Sandstone into its new position next to the main security gate. Our…

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Bloemfontein Loco Moves. Some history pictures.

The movement of the Sandstone locos at Bloemfontein prompted photographer, Graham McWilliams to send…

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 The Sandstone locos arrive at their new home.

Our recent video showed GMAM 4114 on the road to Sandstone where it is now safely plinthed near to t…

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After some minor delays with the traffic permits GMAM 4114 was finally on its way to Sandstone this…

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Sandstone’s “other” GMAM makes a move!

As Sandstone is not actively involved with 3’6” gauge operations it has been decided to move our 3’6…

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Sandstone’s Lawley to be modelled in 1:19 scale.

Sandstone’s two Lawleys, BR7 and NG97, are the inspirations for the new Accucraft models.

Accucraft…

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The Funkey Diesel takes on a Springbok livery!

To celebrate the Springbok’s victory over the British & Irish Lions on their recent tour of Sout…

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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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