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MAKING HISTORY!!!

Gert Jubileus has submitted his latest weekly report.

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77 - Ex Sena Sugar number 13 Peckett 2144/1953

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Ex Sena Sugar number 13
Peckett 2144/1953

Updated - 15th May 2006 

The final example of the “triplets”, number 13 is in similar condition to number 11. When numbers 11 and 14 were shipped from Marromeu, number 13 was left behind as its position behind a container stack and surrounded by piles of other machinery precluded its easy removal and it remains at Marromeu. With sugar production and shipment taking all available space on the Sena barges to Beira, it is hoped that number 13 will be able to be removed by road in the not too distant future as the road system is upgraded. Although there is road access to Beira and Caia where the road to Sena branches off, the hilly nature of this final section precludes the use of the required low bed at this stage.


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Peckett No. 13 shunting at Marromeu - June 9, 1975 - Photograph by Geoff Cooke

 

 

78 - Ex Ratanga Junction/Century City number 262 2-6-2 James Brown Ltd of Durban 1948

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Updated - 15th May 2006 

This interesting small locomotive was originally built for 15” gauge operation but was converted to 2 ft sometime during its lifetime. Little is known about its history and it is the subject of ongoing research. It was purchased by Sandstone from Ratanga Junction after their original steam hauled rail project was abandoned. It is currently undergoing restoration at the Hoekfontein workshops. When in service a number of small coaches will be constructed to fit its small profile.

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The "Little Loco" at Ratanga Junction before the move to Sandstone.

 

 

Wickham Type 27 Mark 3 Open Inspection Car/Gangers Trolley Wickham 9234/1962

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Updated - 15th May 2006

This trolley is of the open type and often referred to as a “ganger’s trolley” as it was used by permanent way staff to access areas needing attention. It has been quite extensively rebuilt as it was in derelict condition when acquired. It is now fitted with a Toyota 2 litre diesel engine and gearbox. The drive to the rear axle is fitted with a reverse mechanism so that the unit has the same number of gears while travelling forwards or in reverse. The workshop staff at Hoekfontein use it for line inspections.

 

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railroad

BEHIND THE STEAM SCENES

Gert Jubileus has submitted his latest weekly report.

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railroad!

STEAM REFLECTIONS!!!

Gert Jubileus has submitted his weekly report. 

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More DZ's arrive from Port Elizabeth

More DZ's arrive from Port Elizabeth

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The extended Transnet strike prevented us from completing the logistical programme of bringing back wagons from Port Elizabeth which we purchased on a scrap tender. Wagons will join the restoration queue.

Sandstone's Lawley on the Avontuur Line

Sandstone's Lawley on the Avontuur Line

Sandstone Estates Lawley, No.106, was shipped to Port Elizabeth at short notice to supplement the NG15 trip arranged by the Apple Express for Geoff's Trains Ltd tour from the UK. While there were various limitations as to what the Lawley could do it was nonetheless good to see it back on the Narrow Gauge where they had operated over 100-years ago.

 

Our thanks go to David Benn for these photographs.

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Steam news from the Sandstone Steam Railroad

THE LAWLEY STEAMING AHEAD OF THE APPLE!

Just after the Cooke Tour at Sandstone Estates we loaded our Lawley for a journey down to Port Elizabeth to run ahead of the Apple Express Train.

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THE GEOFF COOKE TOUR 2010

The Geoff's Trains tour has been and gone from Sandstone and the first photographs are now coming in. 

Gert Jubileus has completed his weekly report which covers the event in detail.

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railroad!

THE FINAL COUNT DOWN!!!

It is the final countdown and the heat is on to repair and prepare for the forthcoming Cooke tour next week.

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Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railroad!

FREEZING STEAM

The winter is slowly moving its hands over the beautiful Eastern Free State and the worst is still to come with temperatures well below zero.  This is the best time for Steam photography and therefore we now are preparing for the forthcoming Geoff Cooke tour.

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Sandstone supplied and restored locomotives at Century City continue to impress and sparkle

The Sandstone Heritage Trust always follows up regularly with regard to locomotives that have been supplied to third parties within the Preservation community.

We are pleased to advise that the locomotives at Century City are being well looked after and are in good condition. A constant maintenance regime is very important bearing in mind the fact that they are based in a coastal environment. We applaud the Century City management for their care and attention to these items.

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Private Steaming Week – 19th-25th April 2010

A decision was made to steam every restored NG locomotive owned by the Sandstone Heritage Trust.

Unfortunately the Welsh Highland Railway contingent who had volunteered to make up the bulk of the Drivers and Firemen could not make it because of the volcano in Iceland.  However, we managed to assemble enough volunteers to make things happen, and in fact every steam engine at Sandstone was steamed during the week. 

Here are some preliminary comments together with the first photographs that have come in from our photographers.

Steam News from the Sandstone Steam Railroad!

 
STEAMING RAILWAY!!!
 
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