What you can see and do at Stars of Sandstone 2019
As many of our readers know, NGG13 number 59 is at the Hempstead and Northern Rail Road in Texas where Robert Bucher set up the railway after visiting South Africa many times in the 1980s and documenting the narrow gauge, particularly Estcourt to Weenen.
Number 59 has been fitted with a most impressive USA style whistle, Garratt Bucher says it is a Chinese 6" 5 chime and is 99% sure it is a copy of an American whistle made by the Star Brass Company.
It certainly makes a glorious sound as this short video of number 59 is steam shows. Enjoy!
NG10 number 61 has seen limited use since Stars of Sandstone 2019 but had developed a couple of teething problems, namely a leaking regulator gland in the cab and a sticking vacuum brake cylinder on the tender. As there was little urgency on this other projects were pursued, however, the locomotive was scheduled for a wedding train in December so both items were attended to. Our picture gallery shows number 61 on test and in the loco depot awaiting the call of duty. The loco had to be stood down as the client doubled the size of the wedding party and the consequent weight of the train meant that NGG16 number 153 had to be substituted. Nevertheless the NG10 now waits her next call of duty.
As the restoration of NGG16A proceeds, the time has come to order the various number plates and builders plates for the loco. While this is in hand were pleased to receive a call from Charlie Lewis, one of the founders of the privatised Alfred County Railway from Port Shepstone to Harding, who created NGG16A number 155. Mr Lewis has kindly donated to Sandstone the only remaining original NGG16A number plate made for the locomotive in 1990. We shall be ordering a sister number plate as well as the others required but Sandstone would like to express its thanks to Mr Lewis for this very kind gesture.
The plate was collected by Sandstone supporter, Andy Selfe, from Mr Lewis in Cape Town. Our gallery shows the plate and the handover. Mr Lewis is in the blue shirt and shorts.
The Covid 19 Pandemic has changed the way we work and we have extended our report from the pure Steam Report to include all heritage activities at Sandstone.
Enjoy the first edition for 2021 - Click here to read
The Sandstone Railway stock list has been a feature of the website for many years. For 2021 we are adding a photo gallery of all our locomotives in 5 parts.
We hope you enjoy them!
A recent post on this web site on November 4th 2020 reflected on a 1997 document, “Where to private rail use in SA?”, that discussed the potential private rail use in South Africa and was effectively the launch template for Sandstone’s original rail industry plans for commercial and tourism operations which, as we know, were not realised. However this ultimately led to the development of the2ft gauge Sandstone Steam Railway that is now world famous. Wilfred Mole, the driving force behind the railway, now reflects on the position of the 2ft gauge Sandstone Steam Railway in the larger picture of Railway Preservation in South Africa today. Click here to read more
As well as our Summer Steam Festival in February 2021 we shall be holding an Easter Steam Festival from the 2ndto the 5th April 2021. Come and join us for some steamy fun!
Full details are on the PDF