We take pride in our environment at Sandstone Estates and we are now producing a regular garden report.
We are particularly keen to ensure that ladies who visit us enjoy the experience and we know the gardens will be something that many of them enjoy.
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With the number plates fitted, number 52 is almost complete but work is still required to rectify some excessive side play and misalignment of the connecting rods close to the piston heads. Both steam brake cylinders for number 52 have been sent out for a total overhaul and once all these items are returned the locomotive will be complete. This is expected towards the end of January 2017 when number 52 will transported to Sandstone for final steam testing and certification. Number 52 will undergo a number of load trials at Sandstone prior to the Stars event in April 2017.
Although much effort is concentrated on completing NGG11 number 52, the Bloemfontein team under Lukas Nel has been hard at work with the NG10 locomotive. Almost 200 boiler tubes have been prepared and swaged prior to delivery to Keith Steven’s KZN workshop where the boiler is undergoing major repairs. The pictures show the tube ends after swaging and the tubes being worked on in the swaging machine.
A complete tender tank has been fabricated and work will soon begin on the tender frames and the locomotive frames once the NGG11 has been despatched to Sandstone for commissioning.
Our pictures from Lukas Nel show the completed tender tank with full length side rails as per the original design, the tender frames and bogies and the locomotive frames.
Last week we again had our annual Cherry Festival event and have used two class NGG 16”s numbers 153 and 88 To haul the Cherry Express trains over the entire Railway line of the Sandstone Steam Railway.
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We received the following mail from Elize Van Heerden after a visit with a group at our recent Cherry Festival event. We have provided an English translation but it is very heartwarming for all of us at Sandstone to know that we have pleased our guests. Something we strive for with every visitor.
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The prestigious rail magazines, Narrow Gauge World and The Railway Magazine have recently given us excellent coverage on our NG10 restoration and David Shepherd’s 15F 3052’s move to Friends of the Rail in Pretoria. Click here to view the articles.
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