Railway Heritage

CREA (Cape Railway Enthusiasts Association) deals extensively with SHT matters in their latest newsletter.  See page 11 onwards.


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Update on new storage shed

Our railway team on the farm are continuing to put the finishing touches to the 2-ft Narrow Gauge railway line which runs from the current Running Sheds around the back of the property for approximately 600 metres into the extensive new shed.  We hope to start packing to be restored items into the shed shortly.  They will also be room for wooden bodied coaches etc.





The second set of pictures show the removal of ballast on 2-ft Narrow Gauge panels comprising rail and sleepers from the mountain section at Vailima. This was very badly flood damaged and it was deemed uneconomic to repair it.




Sandstone receives mention in SANRASM's latest newsletter

SANRASM’s latest newsletter covers our April event and says nice things about us...



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NG4 archive photograph



Aidan McCarthy sent us this picture of the NG4 at De Aar which was taken by Bob Hogan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the 1970s when the museum collection was under Alec Watsons care.

Corporate donation

Sandstone has been privileged to receive a corporate donation of some cable drums from Kiss Logistix, which was kindly arranged through John de Jager. 

This company has generously provided us with some cable drums so that we can make up another interesting wagon load of freight for our consists. 

Please note that we have also acquired an Eland 60 for the Military Vehicle collection.




Sandstone Steam Gala and Kalahari Centenary 2012

The first model HD locomotive built for German South-West Africa (now Namibia) and later designated NG5 developed into the NG15. These locomotives were introduced in 1912. This iconic family of 2-ft Narrow Gauge locomotives will be 100-years old next year.

To celebrate this milestone the Sandstone Heritage Trust will be holding a Steam Gala between 23rd March to 1st April 2012.


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Jenny Crwys-Williams of Radio 702 interviewed Wilfred Mole on Friday, 16th March regarding this event.

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A moment during our 2011 event.
Photo by Michael Bleckmann

The 2011 Sandstone Steam Gala DVD

The Sandstone Steam Gala 2011 twin pack is a delightful combination set of DVD Video and Photo CD.

The 50-minute DVD tells the full story of the week-long steam extravaganza held on the Sandstone Narrow Gauge Railway in April 2011.

The CD of over 100 photographs is included as a special bonus. These superb photographs are by some of the world’s most experienced railway photographers and the combination of photographic skill, hard-working locomotives and the Eastern Free State’s beautiful autumn scenery will take your breath away.


For more details click here - 3.5MB PDF (opens in new window) 


To read comments on the above see: http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11358986.htm.

A recent review appeared in the following publications:

Light Railways - Click here to view - 700KB PDF (opens in new window)

Continental Modeller - Click here to view - 3MB PDF (opens in new window)

Otavi Survivors

In Port Elizabeth, right next to the coast, is a small and very sad parcel of wagons, some of which definitely trace their lineage back to the Otavi Line in Namibia (in those days German South West Africa). Strenuous efforts have been made by the Sandstone Heritage Trust to save these and to restore them. We have very little information on their background but our photo gallery provides some information.

We hope to hear from interested parties regarding these items which Transnet has agreed to dispose of.












Sandstone’s Heavy Haulage fleet continues to remove rail from Loerie.

We were successful in securing rail and sleepers form the Loerie PPC Siding on the Eastern Cape Avontuur Line. The final few loads have just been collected.

The Sandstone Heritage Trust is now in a good position to extend its line or to diversify into an additional Narrow Gauge line in another part of South Africa or indeed some other part of the world.



Update on Vailima Siding.

The locos, the buildings, and the rail have now all been removed from what was the Vailima Siding.

The scrap thieves will have to go elsewhere!