Railway Heritage

Railways Africa Issue 2 2018.

Railways Africa has published a great article on the building of the new Seb’s Railway at Sandstone…

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NGG13 number 49.

Work has now begun on stripping the loco at Reefsteamers in Germiston for the retubing with the remo…

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The restoration of Class 4AR

The restoration of Class 4AR number 1555 foe Transnet Foundation.

The locomotive and tender have now…

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NG10 update 6 June 2018

Work continues on the cab and its fittings with the installation of the cab surround and the window…

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4AR number 1555

Work has now begun on the stripping and cleaning of the second locomotive for the Transnet tender at…

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Further progress on the NG10 at Bloemfontein.

The locomotive continues to take shape as the brass boiler bands have now been fitted and work is we…

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NG10 number 61.

Work has progressed with this restoration with completion of the fitment of the running boards toget…

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Cosmetic Restoration of NZASM “B” number 230

The stripping, cleaning and painting of this locomotive is now complete at Bloemfontein. All the loo…

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NGG13 number 49 arrives at Germiston.

The boiler section of number 49 has now arrived in Johannesburg at Reefsteamers where it was offload…

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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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