The Spring Steam Festival has been gaining momentum with extensive coverage in the media. You can see what’s trending on the links below:
Sandstone wins the Pioneer Weigh and Win Maize Yield Competition for the EFS region and achieves 2nd place in the National Grain SA Grow for Gold National Yield Competition
In April 2020 Gideon Knobel, the agronomist working with Sandstone, entered the company into the Pioneer Weigh and Win Competition which is an annual event whereby farmers compete against each other to see who is able to achieve the highest yields for Pioneer maize and soya in various parts of the country.
With a yield of 12,914 tons per hectare with the Pioneer white maize cultivar P2842WB, Sandstone achieved the highest yield for a white maize Pioneer cultivar in the Eastern Free State winning the regional competition for maize in the Dryland category.
These results were achieved through meticulous land preparation, soil analysis and the application of fertilizers with the correct micro elements needed to balance the soil to give the plants the best condition to grow in. The results were not just in yields but delivered a top grade product. The results were also achieved by exceptional team work. The machinery used for planting was the John Deere 8310R tractor and the Equalizer planter.
In 2019 Grain SA became involved with the competition to take it to a national level and to include all other seed producers supplying farmers in South Africa. Sandstone was automatically entered in the national competition as a winner in the EFS and was advised that it had reached the finalists list. At a function in Muldersdrift, in the North West Province on the 15th of October, all finalists attended a function to announce the winner of the National competition.
Sandstone came 2nd in the EFS region.
Photo below, left to right, Gideon Knobel agronomist, Germa Kieser National Marketing Manager Pioneer, Mike Myers of Sandstone and Jaco Snyman National Sales Manager Pioneer with the Weigh and Win award.
Below left, Gideon Knobel, agronomist to Sandstone, Mike Myers of Sandstone with the Pioneer Weigh and Win award and the Grain SA award
Work has continued on NGG16A since our last report with the cab fittings installed and the water tank fitted to the front engine unit. The chimney has also been fitted as number 155 begins to look like a full locomotive. Our photo gallery shows the work to date. No definite date has been set for the completion of 155 but early in 2021 is looking likely.
We also received number 155’s first portrait from Swiss enthusiast, Marc-Henri Andre. A frequent visitor to Sandstone, Marc-Henri has produced stunning sketches of a number of our locomotives. Thank you Marc-Henri!
Sadly the Cherry Festival will not be held in Ficksburg in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic but a number of local establishments will be open over the weekend of Thursday 19th November to Sunday 22nd November together with Sandstone who will be holding a steam festival over the four days. Sandstone has been closed since the pandemic began but will re-open for visitors from November 1st 2020.
From the 19th November until 21st November Sandstone will be offering train rides together with walking tours of the Sandstone Heritage collection.
Entrance is R200 for adults and R125 for children under 12.
Trains will run from 11h00 on Thursday 19th and Friday 20thth and from 10h00 on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd.
Please note that strict Covid 19 protocols will be followed and no one will be admitted if not wearing a mask. A screened temperature over 37 degrees will also result in non-admittance together with other members of the party.
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The Sandstone stock list has been updated to correct some changes in the location of some items - Click here to read
A new book on the Port Elizabeth to Avontuur 2ft narrow gauge line will be published in October. The book is the first to be taken from the material published on the excellent Soul Of A Railway website hosted by Charlie Lewis and Les Pivnic. The book is co-authored by the late David Payling who visited Sandstone many times over the last few years.
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Welcome to our first Heritage News for 2020.
The Covid 19 Pandemic has changed the way we work and we have extended our report from the pure Steam Report to include all heritage activities at Sandstone.
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