Railway Heritage

The NG10 moves closer to the finish!

The tender is now close to completion and will be moved behind the locomotive to finish the intermediate pipe work. A completely new blast pipe, blower nozzle and vacuum exhaust nozzle has been manufactured and fitted into the smokebox so not long to go! The number plates and Baldwin works plates will be completed soon and we will feature those when they arrive.

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Sandstone acquires the Assegaaibos Turntable

Some time ago we made an offer to purchase the redundant locomotive turntable at Assegaaibos on the Port Elizabeth to Avontuur 2ft gauge line which was accepted by Transnet. Over the last few days we have dismantled the turntable and loaded it on our low bed for transport to Sandstone where it will be re-erected close to our loco depot. The turntable was erected at Assegaaibos in the late 60’s when the whole depot was upgraded but since the demise of steam in the early 70’s has seen little use although it was used to turn 91 Class diesel locomotives occasionally.

Originally a 3’6” gauge unit, it is believed to have come from Greytown.

The turntable will be a useful addition to the railway infrastructure and give the railway added turning capabilities over and above the existing triangle which can become congested at times being part of the main running line.

Our pictures show the turntable in situ and being uplifted and loaded for transport by the Sandstone team.

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NG10 Number 61

Lukas Nel and his team have been very busy prior to the holiday break. The tender tank fitment to the frame has now been completed and a handbrake plus the required levers have been fabricated. We have also acquired a number of spares to complete the water valves for the tender. Those magnificent tool boxes we showed in our last report have also had a repaint. This detail work has taken a lot of time and the steam test will now only be in January.

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Latest Steam Report Nov 2018

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The NG10 moves on.

Our pictures this week shows the NG10 moving towards a finished state with most of the external piping in place, the chimney fitted together with the safety valves on the dome. Attention now moves to completing the tender with its new tank and rebuilt frame and completing the cab on the locomotive.

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NGG13 number 49. The boiler retube is complete.

SAR Class NGG13 Garratt locomotive number 49 has now been returned to Sandstone after a full retube at Reefsteamers in Germiston. Number 49 passed its hydraulic test last week and has returned to Sandstone for the final assembly of the boiler for an upcoming steam test and re uniting the boiler section with the engine units. Our pictures show the firebox tube plate after completion and the final expanding of the tubes and the loading of the accommodation bogies and the boiler at Germiston on to the Sandstone low bed for the 400km journey home.

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The NG10. A world class restoration.

After many years of service, with many replacement fittings being added, the remaining NG10’s at Humewood Road in Port Elizabeth were fitted with a less than inspiring stovepipe chimney for practical reasons as remanufacturing the original style would have been quite a process,. Number 61 also gained one of these chimneys during its life but with the mastery of Lukas Nel and his team in Bloemfontein, 61 has been fitted with a newly manufactured original style chimney. Our pictures show the chimney after manufacture and then fitted to the locomotive. For reference we have included a picture from Leith Paxton of number 61 with the stovepipe version. No contest really!

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Steam Report Oct 2018

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NG10. The latest update 27 Sept

We have been a little quiet lately but some major progress has been made as our pictures from Lukas Nel show. The whistle has now been fitted at the front of the cab, this is a modified version of an SAR type to produce a more “American” style sound. The new chimney is also well under way to being finished in the original style of the NG10 as it was delivered from Baldwin. Our general pictures show the clack boxes that have  been fitted to the boiler and work continues with piping. The lubricator feed piping to the cylinders has also been installed.

A lot of detail work is still needed before the first steam test expected in December plus the final assembly of the tender with the fitment of the tank to the newly built tender frame.

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More news on the NG10.

Further work has been completed on the cab fittings as our pictures show. We have now obtained two injectors and now have all the fittings required to complete number 61.

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Class NG10 number 61: The cab moves forward.

Great progress has been made on the cab fittings as our pictures show. As mentioned in our last report the regulator assembly has been fabricated and fitted and now the boiler mounts on the backhead have been made up from various spares we had together with the vacuum ejector. The firebox door has been made from scratch and fitted. She’s looking good!

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August 2018 Steam Report

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Class 4AR 1555.

The first phase of the cosmetic restoration of 1555 is nearing conclusion with the locomotive now painted together with the tender tank. The painting of the tender frame is nearly complete. Our final picture shows some of the extremely rusted boiler cladding and other components that will need to be replaced when the Transnet tender for Phase 2 of the restoration to final assembly is awarded.

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NG10 number 61 update Aug2018

The restoration is now picking up pace with the fabrication of the regulator lever assembly and its fitment to the boiler backhead. The main steam pipes have now been assembled in the smokebox.

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NG10 Progress August 2018

A major milestone has been reached with the completion of the main steam pipe as in our picture whilst the smokebox acts as a scheduling board for work to be completed in August.

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