Railway Heritage

The NG10 moves on.

Our pictures this week shows the NG10 moving towards a finished state with most of the external pipi…

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NGG13 number 49. The boiler retube is complete.

SAR Class NGG13 Garratt locomotive number 49 has now been returned to Sandstone after a full retube…

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The NG10. A world class restoration.

After many years of service, with many replacement fittings being added, the remaining NG10’s at Hum…

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NG10. The latest update 27 Sept

We have been a little quiet lately but some major progress has been made as our pictures from Lukas…

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More news on the NG10.

Further work has been completed on the cab fittings as our pictures show. We have now obtained two i…

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Class NG10 number 61: The cab moves forward.

Great progress has been made on the cab fittings as our pictures show. As mentioned in our last repo…

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August 2018 Steam Report

The latest happenings from the Sandstone Steam Railway, the August 2018 Steam Report - Click here t…

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Class 4AR 1555.

The first phase of the cosmetic restoration of 1555 is nearing conclusion with the locomotive now pa…

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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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