Sandstone Estates 2021: Easter Steam Festival, April 2-5

Sandstone Estates 2021: Easter Steam Festival, April 2-5

Taking us back to a time when life was slower and we had the luxury of savouring life from our seat on a steam train, watching fields of sunflowers, cosmos and corn, with panoramic mountains as a backdrop…

To celebrate the wonders of steam and narrow-gauge railways, the Sandstone Easter Steam Festival takes place from 2 to 5 April, when, once again, visitors will delight in the unsurpassed beauty of the Eastern Free State, riding steam trains all day on the 30km railway bordering Lesotho, with the majestic Maluti mountains framing the postcard-perfect location.

The unique vintage steam and heritage museum, walking tours, and highly productive farmland, toiled by a team of 36 working oxen, are just some of the many attractions at Sandstone Estates.

Bookings open for:

  • 2 to 5 April 2021 Sandstone Steam Festival - highlights to include:

     Train rides all day from 10am.

     The Mountain Wanderer train to run daily, at 15h30, duration two hours…

  • Regrettably, the February event was cancelled as a result of Lockdown Level 3 restrictions.

Entrance fees comprise:

R230 per person, R145 per child under 12 years of age – includes all train rides, starting from 10am daily.

Call 051 933 2235 for enquiries and visit www.sandstone-estates.com for further details.

Please note that this Easter event is subject to relaxation of the Covid 19 regulation on Gatherings. Please check our website or Facebook page for further details after March 15th.

The road to Sandstone – and the impressive Sandstone Railway track.

Image: The road to Sandstone – and the impressive Sandstone Railway track.

Facts about Sandstone – and big news for next year:

The Sandstone Heritage Trust in the Eastern Free State of South Africa has the largest collection of 2ft narrow gauge locomotives in the world and has been operational for 20 years.

In order to showcase its exciting line-up of 2ft narrow gauge locomotives, a special event will be held at Sandstone Estates in April 2022.  It will essentially be a world record attempt where no less than 6 x 2ft narrow gauge Garratt locomotives will be working together as one to provide a spectacular train in an effort to break the world record.

The locomotives to be included are, NGG11 number 52, built in 1919, NGG13 number 49 built in 1928, NGG16 number 88 built in 1936. NGG16 number 113 built in 1939, NGG16 number 153 and the NGG16A number 155, both built in 1968.