Railway Heritage

Railway Signage

Railways loved signs, instructions, and information of all kinds.

A new feature of our web site will include all that we can find in this regard. Visitors to our site are invited to send us what they have to share.

The first item is a reproduction of an official SAR instructions for guards we discovered in a guards van we are restoring.  Here is the original and our repro which will be placed in all guards vans. Click here to see our repro (PDF 201KB)

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NEW BOOK RELEASES FROM DENNIS MOORE

Dennis Moore has recently released some new book titles. 

 

STEAM BYWAYS : WESTERN CAPE   120 pages   from $41.95

www.blurb.com/books/3184053

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SANDSTONE ESTATES / THE SANDSTONE HERITAGE TRUST   from $29.95 120 pages

www.blurb.com/books/3191965

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These drastically reduced costs , compared to his very large landscape (33cm x 28cm) format books, are possible due to their being produced in standard landscape 25cm x 21 cm ("Steam Byways") and square 18cm x 18cm (Sandstone Heritage) respectively.

At about R320 and R230 respectively, these may find greater appeal than the huge books he has offered until now. As always, a full preview function is available.  The third book "Cape Western Steam" is another massive book, both in terms of pages and format.

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His full catalogue of ten books can be accessed by simply going to   www.blurb.com and entering  Dennis Moore steam in the search engine.

A NEW BOOK ON SANDSTONE FROM DENNIS MOORE

"Sandstone Estates / The Sandstone Heritage Trust - a pictorial souvenir." Author : Dennis Moore 

With the recent advances in print on demand technology, enabling books in limited numbers to be produced in a quality indistinguishable from traditional offset printed books, there is scope for many more specialist interest titles to see the light of day. A year ago, the same Author - one of South Africa's best known railway photographers - produced a very large format 'coffee table' type book 'The Sandstone Estates Railway' which was a traditional railway album. Focussing on the larger steam locomotives of the Sandstone collection and culled from some 50 days (mostly winter) photography spread over a decade, this well received book (still available), offers the ultimate photographic record of narrow gauge steam action on this remarkable railway. It is available in large landscape (33x28cm) and standard landscape (24x20cm) versions, each with different covers. 

However, recognising the need for a smaller format 'souvenir' type book, that covered a more cosmopolitan range of railway and steam activities at Sandstone, the Author has now produced another memorable book that will please all those who have visited Sandstone Estates and those who wished they had! 120 all colour pages, 18cm square format, this book is available for secure on-line ordering , from around R250 (+ p/p) depending on cover type chosen. 

Yes, the Garratts and Kalahari are well featured, but so are the many smaller steam locomotive gems, in the Sandstone collection. Also prominent in the book are the other working steam machines : traction engines, steam rollers, steam road cranes, a comprehensive Sandstone steam experience. Unusually for this Author, a few pictures of diesels and the B.S.A. railcar also get a look in, as do the celebrated oxen. 

Other than an introduction, there is no text, the first rate pictures telling their own story. All of the photographs were obtained during a single week long event at Sandstone during 2011. As the Author readily concedes, even a 120 page book only scratches the surface at what Sandstone Estates has to offer the visitor to an event such as this. 

Full details, preview, and ordering for this book, the previous Sandstone title, and of the Authors critically acclaimed railway series of Southern African steam (8 titles and many more to come) may be obtained by visiting  www.blurb.com and entering   Dennis Moore steam in the search engine.  Obviously postal costs can be a litttle high for a single book (such costs for multiple book orders are dramatically reduced), so consider getting together with your friends to order multiple copies and/or different titles.

Kalahari Sunrise - DVD by Belhurst Productions

David Huntbatch recently attended Kalahari Sunrise and has since produced a DVD on the event which is now available to buy.

He describes the DVD as follows:

"There are 26.5 kms of 2-ft Narrow Gauge railway at Sandstone and the line includes steep gradients and tight curves, providing a stiff test for the wide range of steam locomotives based here. From humble 'Wren' Class 0-4-0ST locomotives to the mighty NGG16 Garratts, Sandstone provides a steam spectacular. There's a range of other steam powered machinery too, with traction engines and a Sentinel steam lorry. See eighteen different steam locomotives in action in some of South Africa's most stunning scenery."

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Anyone wishing to purchase a copy please contact David at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. direct. 

Complete Railway Library available!

Veteran Model Engineer, Angus Walker from Somerset West has decided to let his comprehensive Library go, not piecemeal but as a job lot, as part of his efforts to downscale.

For many years he was at the helm of the Rand Society of Model Engineers (RSME) at Len Rutter Park in Florida, Gauteng. During this time, the 'Lawley' now in steam at Sandstone Estates was plinthed at the Park, and Angus was one of the Model Engineers who built a Model of it.

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Here he is pictured driving it:

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Unfortunately, the locomotive is now in the UK, however, elsewhere on this site, Hannes Paling's Model can be seen: http://www.sandstone-estates.com/index.php/railway-heritage/model-engineering/2671-hannes-palings-magnificent-lawley

Here follows a list of the books of Angus' library. Please remember not to offer on individual books!

Angus is looking for offers in the region of R10 000 or equivalent for the collection; the autographed books are particularly valuable!

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Click here to view the list - 1MB PDF (opens in new window).

Angus Walker can be contacted on 27721985354, or via this website.

Sandstone DVDs, book and videos.

We have a number of titles available which can be ordered through our SA and UK office.

The titles are as follows:

DVD's

Price
Return of the Giants R125.00
Song of the Rails R125.00
Sandstone Chronicle R125.00
Apple Express R125.00
Steam in Action R60.00
David Morgan Speech
The Great 100 Working DVD R125.00
The Great 400 Working DVD Vol 1 R125.00
The Great 400 Working DVD Vol 2 R125.00
Steam Week 2010

Steam Gala 2011 DVD set

R130.00
BOOKS Price

The Sandstone Steam Rail Road Book

R145.00

 

VIDEOS

Price

Return of the Giants

R25.00

Song of the Rails

R25.00

The Great 100 Working

R25.00

The Great 400 Working Vol 1

R25.00

The Great 400 Working Viol 2

R25.00

Guinness Book of Records

R25.00

African Harvest.

R25.00

For all those wishing to place orders in SA please contact Babita Hira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, for those wishing to place an order in the UK or elsewhere please contact Joanne West at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Steam Whistle for Lawley BR7 Returned!

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On 21st April 2012, the original Steam Whistle of Falcon (Lawley) Locomotive BR7 was presented to Wilf Mole of Sandstone Heritage Trust by Angus Walker of Somerset West!

The thread of the story which led to this wonderful event was long and tenuous. For years, Angus Walker was at the helm of the Rand Society of Model Engineers where the locomotive was plinthed. He removed the whistle for safe-keeping before anybody else did, and has been looking after it ever since.

Keith Wetmore, a friend of his (pictured on the left), recently attended the Kalahari Sunrise event on Sandstone Estates and witnessed both Lawleys in action.

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(Photo Aidan McCarthy)

On his next visit to Angus' workshop (he has two flats in the same block; one he lives in, the other is a fully equipped workshop!), Keith noticed this photo on the wall and instantly recognised it as a Lawley.

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This is a picture of a scale working model of the same locomotive which was plinthed at RSME, which Angus built many years ago. Unfortunately it was sold and is now in the United Kingdom. Keith was able to tell Angus that he had seen the original in steam the previous week, along with its brother from James Hall Museum in Johannesburg. 'Oh!' says Angus, 'I have its steam Whistle!' He was easily persuaded to return it so that it can be reunited with its locomotive, wishing simply to be able to visit Sandstone Heritage Trust's collection in exchange!

In talking about the Lawley locomotives' notorious traction problems, he was able to say that the model has the very same tendency; there isn't enough weight on the rear Drivers. He has suggested to the current owner what to do, and hopefully something can be done in this line to the original when it comes in to Lukas Nel for a scheduled refit in the not-too-distant future!

The locomotive was taken from RSME on 23rd November 2001 and restored by Pat Ackerman for the Sandstone Heritage Trust. There is some doubt as to which of the 44 originals purchased by the Beira Railway this locomotive is. Thirteen of these were taken over by the Union Defence Force in 1915 to be used in place of those commandeered for use on the Narrow Gauge lines in South West Africa, during the First World War. Later they were put into service by SAR in 1921, as Class NG6. The consensus, allowing for cannibalisation, is that this one is No 106 of 1895. It was manufactured by the Falcon Engine & Car Works in Loughborough.

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Many thanks must go to Angus Walker for his foresight in saving the whistle in the first place, and for the generous gesture of giving it back!

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22nd April 2012

A photo journey through the assembly of an upgraded Wickham Rail Car

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The History of SAR by Charlie Lewis and Les Pivnic


Charlie Lewis and Les Pivnic have been putting on record their own, copyright, version of the history of SAR, not just photos.  This is an ongoing project as you will appreciate.

 

They have kindly shared the following web site address with us: https://sites.google.com/site/soulorailway/.

The Wickham Rail trolley continues to take shape.

Our workshops are continuing to completely rebuild the Wickham so that we end up with a much more sturdy working rail trolley than we had before.

It is very often the case with the Sandstone Heritage Trust that items are taken out of preservation and put into service.  Inadvertently the Wickham evolved into a machine that only transported people, i.e. construction workers on the line etc., but it also performed a very important function of towing the custom built sprayer that deals with weeds along the line.  For that reason we have decided to strengthen it considerably. 

The work is far advanced.

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