Locomotive movements to Sandstone

For news items relating to Heritage Rail in South Africa. Any photos should be posted in the "South Africa - Photo Gallery" Forum below.
Post Reply
User avatar
John Ashworth
Site Admin
Posts: 22907
Joined: 24 Jan 2007, 14:38
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contact:

Locomotive movements to Sandstone

Post by John Ashworth »

It has been reported that GMAM no 4114 and Class 24 no 3688 have been moved by road from Bloemfontein to Ficksburg, and that a 19D will follow shortly. Video of the road transport is circulating on social media.
Image
User avatar
John Ashworth
Site Admin
Posts: 22907
Joined: 24 Jan 2007, 14:38
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contact:

Re: Locomotive movements to Sandstone

Post by John Ashworth »

Less than 24 hours after this news was posted on the FOTR Forum, Sandstone has issued a circular e-mail confirming the move.
Another major news article which will appear shortly involves the move of all our heavy Cape Gauge locomotives to safety from various locations where we can no longer guarantee their security.
Also see https://www.sandstone-estates.com/index ... kes-a-move

Image
Image
User avatar
John Ashworth
Site Admin
Posts: 22907
Joined: 24 Jan 2007, 14:38
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contact:

Re: Locomotive movements to Sandstone

Post by John Ashworth »

Heritage steam engines trade rail for road to get to new home
Motorists on the road between Bloemfontein and Ficksburg in the eastern Free State on Wednesday would have witnessed the spectacle of a 160-ton steam locomotive rattling eastward on the back of a 19-axle lowbed trailer. The locomotive, one of four owned by the Sandstone Heritage Trust, a private collection of locomotives and vehicles based on a farm near Ficksburg, was heading to its new home on the farm after two decades of languishing outside Bloemfontein's former steam locomotive depot. While Transnet's national collection of heritage locomotives and other rolling stock is kept at Bloemfontein behind locked gates, the four locomotives were outside the property and vulnerable to scrap thieves, said Sandstone marketing manager Dave Richardson. “We felt the assets would be safer at the farm," he said...
Image
User avatar
John Ashworth
Site Admin
Posts: 22907
Joined: 24 Jan 2007, 14:38
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contact:

Re: Locomotive movements to Sandstone

Post by John Ashworth »

Deescription and photographs of further Sandstone locomotive movements, plus a steam crane.

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/2493 ... 4b87b87d1/
Image
User avatar
John Ashworth
Site Admin
Posts: 22907
Joined: 24 Jan 2007, 14:38
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contact:

Re: Locomotive movements to Sandstone

Post by John Ashworth »

Sandstone has announced that, "Apart from our big Cowans Sheldon Steam Crane, which is currently in Heidelburg waiting for a permit, the move of all our Main Line locomotives is now complete."

See report with more pictures at https://sandstone-estates.com/images/pd ... %203_1.pdf
Image
Post Reply

Return to “South Africa - Heritage Railway News and Discussion”