Rob Steiger started building his GEA in 2002 from original SAR drawings and worked feverishly on it, as we all know Rob to do, producing parts to show off every week. He machined all 16 spoked drivers by hand and had a rolling chassis by the time of the National Live Steam Meet in Pietermaritzburg in 2003.
After this the locomotive production virtually closed down, but only for a short while to make space for track building. Once the track was completed and the grand opening of the Albert Falls Miniature Railway was held, Rob got back to the business of making sworf.
Because of the layout of the Garratt cab, firing with coal would prove very difficult and so Rob converted it to oil fired. Now in South Africa were coal can just about be found at your local chemist, model engineers around here never looked into firing with anything other than coal. This case is somewhat different from the USA, one hardly ever sees coal fired locomotives there, so someone must have perfected the art of turning oil into steam, also making the driver/fireman’s’ job a bit easier.
Finding this information proved a bit tougher than expected, as even the mighty Google could not beat oil out of the internet, so he made his own version. And here it is:
We produce so much publicity material at Sandstone that we sometimes tend to forget what is in our archives. Some years ago we produced this introductory video on our Sherman which also includes archive footage of World War 2 etc. It was designed to be informative and will provide most people with an understanding of the importance of the Sherman.
The spectacular closing scene is the demolition of a house that we no longer required at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State.
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.
Sadly we heard the news that the driving force behind the Apple Express and Editor of SA Rail magazine passed way. Wilfred Mole, from Sandstone Estates, posted this tribute, via her husband Hilton, to Nerina.
I am currently in the UK but I received a message to say that Nerina had passed away.
Although I have not seen her for many years, I of course dealt with her over an extensive period probably 10-years ago or more.
She was definitely a champion of the Narrow Gauge and was very committed to her cause.
Lyndie and I would like to extend our condolences to yourself and the family on her passing. I feel that she was taken from you early because I thought she was always a very youthful and vibrant person.
She will be sorely missed, not the least of all by the Narrow Gauge Railway which she did so much to keep alive.
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This recently acquired item was subject to a search by the Dennis Society in the UK and we thank Tim Stubbs for his efforts. The details of the pump were provided by Laurence Spring at the Surrey Heritage Centre in the UK who hold all the records of Dennis who were based in Guildford in Surrey in the UK. The company, famous for its fire engines, closed in 2007.
Trailer pumps were produced in their thousands during WW2 for the National Fire Service. After the war most brigades had one or two, many were sold for industrial use and many were exported abroad.The Chassis Book, reference 1463/CB/4, gives the following details;
Chassis no. TP 2139
Engine no. 141871
Customer Home Office, Peckham
Order no. 972
Date left works 27 Sep 1939
The Works Production Order, 1463/WPO/TP/5/972, states that the customer was Messrs Evan Cook Ltd, 134 Queen’s Road, Peckham, [London] SE and was ‘for dockyards at Cape Yserplaats’. It also states that it is a 350/500 gallon pump with a 100 bore x 120 stroke 4 cylinder engine. The misspelling of Ysterplaat is interesting as that was military airbase in Cape Town next to current Cape Town International Airport. It’s possible then that the pump was supplied for military purposes.
Newly restored NGG16A No. 155 was given a second static steam test this week to check some various issues with leaks and piping issues highlighted in the first test. It is expected to conduct a light load trial soon.