Railway Heritage

Railway Preservation, what will 2021 bring?

A recent post on this web site on November 4th 2020 reflected on a 1997 document, “Where to pr…

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Steam Festivals in 2021

As well as our Summer Steam Festival in February 2021 we shall be holding an Easter Steam Festival…

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Sandstone Summer Steam 2021 26-28 February 2021.

After our very successful Spring Steam Festival in November 2020, which brought some fun back to the…

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NGG16A number 155 under restoration. Update number 11. November 2020.

Work continues on number 155 with the fitment of the ex 3’6’ gauge GMA/M mechanical lubricator. Our…

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While Sandstone is world renowned for its 2ft narrow gauge railway, many supporters may not be aware…

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NGG16A number 155 under restoration. Update number 10. October 2020.

Work has continued on NGG16A since our last report with the cab fittings installed and the water tan…

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The Sandstone Spring Steam Festival 19-22 November 2020

Sadly the Cherry Festival will not be held in Ficksburg in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic but a…

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Latest Stock List

The Sandstone stock list has been updated to correct some changes in the location of some items - C…

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A new book on the Port Elizabeth to Avontuur 2ft Narrow Gauge

A new book on the Port Elizabeth to Avontuur 2ft narrow gauge line will be published in October. Th…

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NGG16A number 155 under restoration. Update number 9. July 2020

After the return of the boiler from Wonder Steam in Pretoria the locomotive has been re assembled wi…

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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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