In the Press

It has been a good time for international press coverage of Sandstone's activities.

We have received an influx of articles appearing which covered various aspects of our heritage programme here in South Africa...

Germiston Loco moves

Screenshot from 2021 11 09 08 54 51The press in the Germiston area, courtesy of the Caxton Group and their reporter Charmaine Slater, has given us good coverage of our locomotive moves from Germiston and will be following up with further stories of the locomotive arrivals at Sandstone.
Click here to view the Bedfordview and Edenvale News and the Germiston City News in PDF format or click on the links below for the on line editions.

https://kemptonexpress.co.za/321774/final-goodbye-to-the-ladies/

https://bedfordviewedenvalenews.co.za/481385/locos-make-final-journey/

https://germistoncitynews.co.za/282126/all-aboard-one-final-time/

Heritage Railway UK Issue 285. The story of the recent loco moves to Sandstone.

Heritage Railway

 

Heritage Railway magazine has given us an excellent article on our recent 3’6” gauge locomotive moves to Sandstone. John Titlow, who attended Stars of Sandstone 2019, gives the in depth story. Click here to read.

Sandstone features in Rove SA online.

Sandstone In Rove Magazine

 

At time when tourism is under threat from the pandemic it is good to see positive publicity for attractions in South Africa. Rove SA online edition for September 2021, recently covered a visit to Sandstone, enjoy the read!

Heritage steam engines trade rail for road to get to new home. Times Live

GMAM Garratt locomotive

A great article on our loco moves from Bloemfontein to Sandstone with many thanks to Paul Ash and Times Live.

Click here to read the article: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2021-08-27-heritage-steam-engines-trade-rail-for-road-to-get-to-new-home/

Sandstone on the Steam Railway magazine bucket list!

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Although the global Covid 19 pandemic has slowed down international travel considerably, Steam Railway magazine in the UK has taken a proactive approach for when life returns to some form of normality, albeit probably different from what we all remember. Steam Railway has begun a series entitled “Bucket List” featuring venues around the world for rail enthusiasts to visit. The Sandstone Steam Railway is one of the first to be featured in the series and the latest edition of Steam Railway (number 522) published today, August 20th, carries the attached article. Compiled and written by Geoff Cooke, who is the international agent for Sandstone, the article will see potential visitors queueing up to head to South Africa as soon as we can open the doors. Click for PDF - Enjoy the read!

Classics In action!

Tractor Farming Heritage

 

The UK magazine, Tractor and Farming Heritage, has run two articles on Sandstone using classic tractors in an everyday environment.
Read Part 1 and Part 2 from the August 2021 and September 2021 editions.

Sandstone’s Oxen on Kyknet.

 

Sandstone Oxyn on Kyknet
DSTV Channel, Kyknet, will broadcast a feature on the Sandstone Oxen on March 8 2021 at 21h00. Kyknet is on DSTV Channel 144 and you can view a short teaser below

 

https://youtu.be/6JSTI6qW74w

The Spring Steam Festival

Sandstone in the media

The Spring Steam Festival has been gaining momentum with more coverage in the media. You can see what’s trending on the link below:

http://spice4life.co.za/out__about/steam-into-spring-at-the-sandstone-spring/

The Spring Steam Festival

The Spring Steam Festival

The Spring Steam Festival has been gaining momentum with extensive coverage in the media. You can see what’s trending on the links below:

https://www.iol.co.za/travel/south-africa/free-state/add-sandstone-spring-steam-festival-to-your-bucket-list-this-summer-eb98b9e8-2fe2-4488-ae43-21bb0881505c

https://www.travelwrite.co.za/full-steam-ahead/

Aveling & Porter Steam Roller

Aveling Porter Steam Roller

One non railway heritage item saved from the demise of the South African National Railway and Steam Museum (SANRASM) was an Aveling & Porter steam roller which became the subject of much research by Derek Rayner from Old Glory magazine in the UK. This steam roller was one of a number of road steam examples rescued from SANRASM but with no documentation, its history was a mystery.

Derek made initial contact with Sandstone in 2017 and then visited in 2019 for the Stars of Sandstone event. After concluding extensive research into the roller, Derek has now traced its origins and history which was featured in an article in the March 2020 edition of Old Glory. Sandstone would like to thank Derek Rayner for his hard work and for shedding light on the history of the Aveling & Porter.

Click here to read