Railway Heritage

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NGG16A Second Steam Test

Newly restored NGG16A No. 155 was given a second static steam test this week to check some various i…

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NGG16A number 155 steams for the first time since 2000.

NGG16A number 155 has undergone its first steam test at Sandstone after an 18 month restoration proc…

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NG4  SAR number NG16

This small tank locomotive is a favourite at Sandstone having been acquired from Port Shepstone in 2…

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NGG16A heads towards the finish line.

With its first steaming expected by the end of May, the return to service of NGG16A number 155 is we…

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The Top 10 Consists.

With the running of trains at Sandstone seriously limited by Covid 19 we thought our readers would e…

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A spectacular repaint for NGG16A number 155.

As the final mechanical work proceeds on 155 the locomotive has been sprayed in the colour, Mexican…

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Sandstone’s unique 6th class number 544 gets a clean-up.

Ex South African Railways Class 6C number 544 is one of a large number of this type of locomotive in…

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Historic ESKOM steam locomotives under threat.

Timeslive recently broke a story on the fate of ESKOM’s historic steam locomotives. Back in 2011, ES…

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Steaming into 2021

As many of our readers know, NGG13 number 59 is at the Hempstead and Northern Rail Road in Texas wh…

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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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