Railway Heritage

NG10 Perfection

The hard work put in by Lukas Nel and his team over the last few months is now coming to fruition wi…

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Sandstone acquires another 91 Class diesel.

Class 91 number 91-016 has been acquired by Sandstone from RRL-Grindrod after the closure of their r…

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Sandstone Steam Report 29 Sept 2017

Click here to view the latest update on the railway scene at Sandstone.

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NG10 Update 26 Sept 2017

The Bloemfontein team have received some spares from the machine shop but exciting news is the acqui…

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Getaway Magazine September 2017

The September 2017 edition of Getaway magazine has an interesting article by Tyson Jopson on a road…

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A heavy day for 19D 2734!

We could not resist another shot by Dennis Moore from Loraine Gold Mine near Welkom. This is locomot…

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19D 2654

One of Sandstone’s restored locos is the ex Lorraine Gold Mine 19D number 2654. The loco is in stora…

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NG10 Progress in Bloemfontein

The tedious but essential work of reclaiming items from the chassis of the NG10 continues with subse…

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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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