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Glenn Christensen

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Sandstone Heritage Trust closing their 2 foot gauge line
« on: August 04, 2011, 12:58:19 PM »
Bad news folks!

http://www.sandstone-estates.com/index.php/railway-heritage/39-railway-heritage/2627-sandstones-involvement-in-railway-preservation-in-south-africa

In addition to the numerous 2' gauge locomotives listed, I believe Sandstone also has the SAR NG10, which used to be located at Port Elizabeth, SA.  This locomotive is a close mate to the Baldwin 4-6-2 now operation on the Brecon Mountain Railway in Merthyr Tidfils, Wales.

I hope this collection can be saved!

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Glenn Christensen

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Re: Sandstone Heritage Trust closing their 2 foot gauge line
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 02:07:28 PM »
Wonder what it would cost to move this to the US...?

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"Baldwin of Philadelphia USA built six 4-6-2's for the South African Railways which where placed into service on the Avontuur Branch in 1916.They where distantly American in appearance, popular with their crews, nicked named the ‘Sixties‘, equipped with outside bar frames and Walschaert’s valve gear. They spent most of their days working out of Loerie. In 1948 numbers NG63 and NG64 where transferred to South West Africa to assist with yard duties. The balance of the fleet went to Humewood Rd in Port Elizabeth to perform yard duties there. They where all with drawn in 1962. If you go to the website at http://www.sa-transport.co.za/trains/narrow-gauge/ng_info_pictures/steam.html there are some photographs of the NG10’s, No 63 or 64 at Usakos in South West Africa in 1955 and No61 at Humewood Rd. in 1961.

SAR-NG10 No.61 was still about and running at Humewood Rd until 1965 ,just, even though being officialy withdrawen. In 1970 she was moved to an unusual position ,the roof of the Port Elizabeth Museum where she remained for 9 years. The museum then decided that it was no longer going display heritage transport returning the loco back to Humewood Rd in 1979. NG61 is now in the safe and capable hands of the Sandstone Heritage Trust in the Orange Free State, where she awaits her fate and ultimate out come in the road towards restoration. Itis more than likely as her boiler is basically a right off that she will become a static display. On the Sandstone Heritage website there is talk of her ending up at the Transport Museum in George."

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Glenn Christensen

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Re: Sandstone Heritage Trust closing their 2 foot gauge line
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 11:02:13 PM »
Thanks Steve!  Its nice to know some of my faculties still work!  (Grin)

I don't know about the shipping costs, but I guesstimate the rebuilding costs - assuming some volunteer labor and a new boiler - would be about $400,000 - $500,000.  Add in a SWAG of $100,000 for all other "incidentals" (including purchase and shipping) and you're probably at about 1/2 the price of building new.

I got a response to my post from Trevor Heath who has provided a little more insight on the situation.  Its at URL:

http://ngdiscussion.net/phorum/read.php?1,196532,196540#msg-196540


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Glenn