Railway Heritage

Latest Steam Report 15 May 2018

The latest steam report from the Steam Team at Sandstone - Click here to view

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Sandstone has a long association with the James Hall Museum of Transport and they have extended an i…

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NGG13 Number 49 Boiler Retube

The second of our Garratt locomotives to require retubing, NGG13 number 49, had had its boiler secti…

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NG10. Whereto the windows?

We have many photographs of NG10 number 61 in service in Port Elizabeth thanks to Leith Paxton who e…

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NG10 - Fitting the running boards.

The NG10, being USA built, has a few quirks compared with the primarily European built locos used on…

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NG10 number 61 taking shape.

The boiler cladding has now been completed and fabrication of the cab floor and running plates is un…

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Update on the Restoration at Bloemfontein.

Good progress has been made on the cosmetic restoration of the ZASM “B” 0-6-04T number 230, “Jan Win…

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NG10 number 61. On to the finish!

With the boiler now mounted and positioned correctly in the frames work has begun on fitting the lag…

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Restoration at Bloemfontein

Sandstone recently successfully bid for a Transnet tender to complete Phase 1 of the restoration of…

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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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