Railway Heritage

NGG16 Number 113. The firebox tube plate is now complete

Lukas Nel and the Bloemfontein team have completed the fitting of all the copper ferrules in the fir…

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NGG16 Number 113 boiler update

The hard work continues at Bloemfontein with the copper ferrules being placed in the tube plate prio…

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NGG13 number 113.

The repairs to and preparation of the front tube plate are now complete and the retubing will begin…

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NG10 Boiler completed

The completely rebuilt boiler for NG10 number 61 has now been completed by Keith Stevens and his tea…

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More progress on NGG16 number 113.

Work on cleaning up the tube plates is nearly complete although the grinding and welding is a slow b…

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Our first Steam Report for 2018

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Our Lawley and her sister in times gone by

We could not resist these photographs of our Lawley BR7 (SAR NG 106) and sister NG105 that we receiv…

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Railway Safety Regulator Permit

Sandstone receives its Railway Safety Regulator operating permit for 2018.

The Railway Safety Regul…

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Boiler repairs on NGG16 number 113

Lukas Nel and his team have now begun the descaling process on the boiler and outer firebox of 113.…

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NGG16 number 113, a first update for 2018.

Work has begun on grinding the tube plate at the firebox end of the boiler on 113. This needs to be…

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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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