Tuesday 17th November saw the Cape Explorer Steam Safari pass Sandstone Estates on the last day of their tour on the Bloemfontein to Bethlehem line. With no water facilities on the line, Sandstone installed a water pump at the Vailima Dam to pump water into the tender of 15F 3046 and the three water tankers on the train. The train stopped next to the dam and while the train guests departed for a tour of Sandstone and its collection the water was fully replenished for the last leg of the...Read more
The locos stored at the old Waterval Boven loco depot were stripped of their copper and brass fittings over the last weekend. These are 25NC 3476, 19D 2526, GMA/M 4056, 15F 2909, 15F 2985 and GCA 2621. 19D 2526 is said to be privately owned, the others are Transnet Foundation locos. Access was gained by poisoning and stabbing the guard dogs.
The old depot at Waterval Boven had its main line connection removed but this was to be reinstated to remove the locos in the near future. A case of...Read more
Lee Gates from Reefsteamers has produced one of his excellent photo reports on the recent Open Day at Reefsteamers.
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Fabrice Lanoue is a committed steam enthusiast and has recently been to Turkey on a rail tour. Follow the links below for his pictorial essay.
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Sandstone's GMAM 4079 and David Shepherd's 15F 3052 are currently under repair at Reefsteamers Johannesburg Depot. Engineering News recently interviewed Shaun Ackerman, Reefsteamers' Director of Engineering about the projects. Click here to see the article.Read more
Recently the Apple Express started an appeal on social media to move Class NGG11 No. 54 Garratt from safe dry storage at Sandstone Heritage Trust’s base in the Eastern Free State and return it to Port Elizabeth. The locomotive was originally moved with Apple Express permission because of its deteriorating condition in the sea air in PE.
Recently Sandstone did a full inspection of No. 54 and wrote to Mr John Birch on this matter. As you will read, the Apple Express is obviously not fully aware of the logistics involved...Read more
Recently we featured the remnants of Alberton North station near Johannesburg and asked for any further pictures of the dereliction that has befallen our once proud rail system. David Zetler and his wife Hilary recently took a slow ride back from Cape Town and visited the remote Vondeling Station between Outdshoorn and Willowmore on the line to Port Elizabeth. This once beautiful station has fallen into serious disrepair despite its remote location.
‘We were driving from Cape Town to Johannesburg recently and decided not to take the shortest route. One of the roads we...Read more
The National Department of Transport has prepared a draft Green Paper on National Rail Policy.
Consultations with stakeholders on the Green Paper are now being conducted in all the provinces during October and November 2015.
A copy of the Green Paper is attached for your reference.
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