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Track Maintenance

Track Maintenance

Maintaining the permanent way is one of the key elements in running a railway and…

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A new shed for the Bloemfontein locomotives.

Three locomotives, originally from Sandstone’s Bloemfontein facility, are now under cover. From left…

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The story of one plate.

We recently featured, on the 19th May, the presentation of a large Skoda works plate by Svatopluk (…

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World Wickham Day.

As you will see from the attached file, Inaugural World Wickham Day, Friday 22 April 20022,  re…

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A photo gallery of the  Easter Steam Festival at Sandstone, 15 to 18 April 2022 by Leon Hugo.

Leon Hugo is a professional photographer from Gqeberha in South Africa and sent us a photo essay fro…

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Steam Fun at Easter despite the weather!

Staging events at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State is becoming more difficult.  This…

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The recent moves of our 3’6” gauge locomotives from the Transnet properties at Germiston and Bloemfo…

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Getting Ready for Easter!

Gert Jubileus, the Sandstone Railway Manager, has been hard at work with his track gang preparing th…

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Easter Steam for 2022

Sandstone’s latest restored locomotive, NGG16A number 155 will be hauling Easter trains. Picture by…

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Completing the Task!

As part of the moves of our 3’6” gauge locomotives and rolling stock to Sandstone, we committed to p…

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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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