Railway Heritage

Further progress on the NG10.

As the myriad of smaller tasks continues the reverser handle has been completed and fitted together…

Read more: Further progress on the NG10.

Replica or Authentic?

Sandstone Steam Railway puts forward its case in the latest edition of Narrow Gauge World. Click he…

Read more: Replica or Authentic?

A visit from the Hanomag/ Henschel Museum of Kessel in Germany.

During July we were privileged to host a visit from Andreas Giller, the Locomotive Archivist from th…

Read more: A visit from the Hanomag/ Henschel Museum of Kessel in Germany.

NG10 progress.

The regulator assembly for the NG10 is now complete and ready to be fitted the locomotive. Our pictu…

Read more: NG10 progress.

Some rare footage.

Frameline have produced a large number of video features for Sandstone since the inception of the S…

Read more: Some rare footage.

4AR number 1555

Work continues at Bloemfontein on Phase 1 of the cosmetic restoration of this loco for Transnet. Aft…

Read more: 4AR number 1555

More news on the NG10

As we are fabricating many parts from scratch we have had to slow down a bit but will soon pick up t…

Read more: More news on the NG10

NGG13 49 The re tube

Great progress has been made on the boiler of NGG13 number 49 at Reefsteamers as it is prepared for…

Read more: NGG13 49 The re tube

Moving along with the NG10

As mentioned in our last report there are numerous small items that take up a lot of time to complet…

Read more: Moving along with the NG10


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

Please direct all queries, contributions and questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.