2ft Narrow Gauge

NG10 update

The tender tank is nearly complete and has been built in the original style as it left the Baldwin Works in Pennsylvania in 1915. This was possible using the original drawings kindly supplied by the Transnet Library. The original tool boxes on the tender have also been recreated by Lukas Nel and his team. Our black and white picture, courtesy of Leith Paxton, is the original Baldwin Works portrait showing the style of the tender.

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Steam Report 11 Nov 2016

SteamReport 11Nov2016

The past week we have attended to the cosmetic upgrading of the Sandstone Estates Class 91 Diesel Locomotive. Minor repairs are being done to have her back in Spoornet livery for now.

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Program for German TV

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Wolfgang Schumacher and Joachim Smit visited Stars of Sandstone in 2015 and produced this programme for German TV.
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Steam Report 2 Nov 2016

Sandstone Estates Steam Railway News2Nov

Sandstone Estates own Class 91 Diesel Locomotive was delivered by Transcor this week.

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91 Class Update.

Arachnophobia is not for the faint hearted!
91 010 is now being cleaned having been moved to the loco depot at Sandstone and it appears it has half the spider population of Port Elizabeth inside it. Gert Jubileus and his team are now cleaning the loco in time for its inspection by the Sandstone diesel fitter next week. Lukas Nel reports that the passenger steam heating vans from Port Elizabeth which were serviced at Bloemfontein often contained hordes of spiders of a particularly aggressive nature. Take care Gert and team!

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91 Class Update

91 010 is now on Sandstone’s rails having been unloaded late evening on October 31st. Our pictures show it approaching the farm, preparation for unloading and on Sandstone’s rails.

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Restoration update on Class NG10 number 61

Lukas Nel and his team at Bloemfontein have completed a new tender tank for Class NG10 number 61. The boiler for the locomotive is also under repair with new tubes having been obtained.


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91 Class Diesel

Sandstone’s newly acquired 91 class diesel electric locomotive, 91 010, has been collected from Swartkops Diesel Depot in Port Elizabeth where it was in use as the depot shunter having been fitted with “Bigfoot” 3’6” bogies in 2012. Now surplus to requirements it is heading for a new life at Sandstone. The original 2ft bogies were obtained with the locomotive. A quite complex operation was required to access the depot due to the 25Kv overhead wires for the adjacent electric depot. The 2ft bogies were first placed on the lowbed transporter and then the 3’6” bogies were disconnected and the loco lifted off them and placed on the new bogies in place on the lowbed trailer. Safely secured the loco has begun the 1000km journey to its new home.
At Sandstone 91 010 will be examined for some minor repairs required and then fully serviced before its first run in the Eastern Free State.


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Steam Report 24 Oct 2016

Steam Report 24 Oct 2016

The Fouriesburg Country Tours have booked 2 trains, one on Thursday and the next one this coming Thursday. We use our Hunslet Diesel Locomotive to haul the train to Grootdraai and back.

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Steam Report 14 Oct 2016

Two weeks ago we had the 702 Radio Station with us on a short train to Grootdraai. We have steamed our special Class NG 6 number 106 for this day and was accompanied by one of our VIP’s Mr.Myers on this trip.

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NGG11 No 52 steams again after 46 years!

NGG11 No 52 steams again after 46 years!
Last steamed around 1970 at Rustenburg Platinum Mines, Class NGG11 Garratt No.52 moved under its own power today in Bloemfontein. After a long restoration this locomotive is a magnificent achievement by Lukas Nel and his team. As the second oldest surviving Garratt locomotive in the world and the oldest in South Africa, the loco will be the Star of the Show at the Stars of Sandstone event in April 2017.
Sandstone Heritage Trust would also like to hear from anyone who saw this locomotive in steam either in Rustenburg or during its last days with South African Railways in Port Elizabeth.


Diesel Power!

Diesel Power

The Port Elizabeth to Avontuur 2 ft narrow gauge railway was very much a viable proposition in the late 60’s and early 70’s for Spoornet (now Transnet Freight Rail [TFR]). With heavy limestone traffic from Loerie to the EPCC cement factory in New Brighton and fruit traffic from the Langkloof, it was decided to dieselise the line and sent aside the ageing NGG13 and 16 Garratts and the NG15 locos.

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Steam Report 26 Sept

Steam Report Sept 2016

On Saturday the 24th of September we had our Heritage day event and have steamed Class NGG 16’s numbers 153 And 88 to haul the train over the mountains.

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Sandstone Estates Steam Railway News 14 Sept 2016

Steam railway news 14 September
During the last week and a half we have pulled out all the Stationary Boilers and Traction Engines from the Vintage Shed for washouts and same time preparing them for Boiler Inspections.

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Class NG10 South African Railways Number 61. The restoration begins.


The sole surviving NG10 narrow gauge pacific has been in the Sandstone collection for a number of years

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