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Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:00:31 pm »
In 2008 I visited Sandtsone Estate for the first time, and we had an awesome time. See ride report here http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=16831.0
Their website: http://www.sandstone-estates.com/

When I received an e-mail early this year to say the event was happening again, I jumped at the opportunity and so did all my mates who are all kind of petrol heads.
Sandstone Estate is the property of Mr Wilfred Mole, apparently he is the big boss if Nokia SA. He has a passion for anything driven by steam and has a collection of ± 53 narrow gauge steam locomotives that roam his farm on a weekend like this as well as a collection of old tractors, cars and lately some military vehicles as well.
This year they are going to unveil the Kalahari, a new machine recently restored, with the events starting on Friday 23 Mar and ending on 1 April. Unfortunately we could not stay the entire week, so decided to go down for the weekend.

Saturday morning bright and early we left for the eastern freestate.

My office for the weekend, best time of day to ride a bike, this new ’12 Adv is really a pleasure to ride…..



Antonie was riding a XR650L which he is considering to buy for our July trip to Angola, as his Adv is too heavy for that purpose. All I can say this bike is very heavy on juice, yes I know it’s got running in jets and stuff, but 14 km/l is heavy no matter what you say.



Our group consisted of 18 people in all, and needless to sday, not everybody follows instructions, so in no time guys were advancing towards Kroonstad on three different routes. We eventually met up in Kroonstad where we had a quick breakfast.



I gave the okes a bit of an uittrap and hoped that in future they would wait for the person behind at a turn and then continued. The rest of the trip went surprisingly smooth, and despite a very shitty road between Senekal and Ficksburg we stopped at Sandstone Estate around 12 noon.
Soon we were settled and ready to explore the farm and all it had to offer. SO less talking ond more photos.


Jimmie blocked our way as we arrived, but eventually we could cross the track and continue to the camping site.



This man was having a warm hot day in this compartment




True to tradition we headed for some liquid refreshments and the “Kaap was Hollands”



Three generations of Fitsgerald’s, Patman with his father and son.



A selection of stunning photo’s in the restaurant….






Some stunning steam tractors……






I wonder if these are the same guys that built the McLaren race car



Then we moved to the more important matters



Narrow gauge tracks..



At 3pm we all boarder a train and set off on a route that would take us on the steepest incline for trains in the world. We had some refreshments and a good time was had by all..





We drove past some spectacular exhibits..





… of course the tip of my heart, still in mint condition.



Scenery shots..









Wilfred Mole and his son observing the proceedings followed by a bus full of European Steam heads with cameras



This engine was working hard up the mountain





Dis mos Mielies



Photo of the photographers



Heading for the steepest section





Then somehow the train managed to derail… well rather the front two wheels jumped off the track, not sure how or why. Of course by this time we were all in a very festive mood



Trouble makers



Sign on the old bus



……and the company that restored it to it’s former glory



The derailment





This wheel must be inside the track (the other side)



Interesting sign on Wilfred’s t-shirt



These okes arrived and in no time they had the train back on it track. A V shaped piece of metal was used to jump the wheels back in place as the train reversed



Soon we were ready to go, but had to walk a 100m or so for the train to get past the section where the track caused the derailment.



All this huffing and puffing chowed a lot of water so this tanker was brought to replenish the water tank on the train



Later afternoon with the setting son



Heading back to the Estate







Suddenly a Sherman tank appeared and raced us – the train lost badly



Then it was time to kuier some more



Our campsite early morning



Mint condition Willy’s



According to Wilfred, this single cylinder diesel motor will idle all day on 4 litres of diesel. Still running like clockwork



Few more sights and sounds of the Sandstone Estate



The farm is still fully functional





Don’t you just love a 16 valve motor, as long as it’s got 4 extra pistons





Classic Ford from way back







Steam truck











There are about 8 of these hangers full of classics





………..in all shapes and sizes



The train repair centre





Wilfred’s 1951 Land Rover Series 1, started at the first crank and run’s like clockwork….



Having served in the military for quite a while, my friends and I were asked to drive the military vehicles on an Ad Hoc parade



Excalibur longing for his days as a support trooper (Armour Infantryman)



The view from my seat behind very thick class



Running smoothly



Wilfred chatting to us – what a down to earth guy he is.



Everywhere photo’s were being taken



Just to confirm , I want one like this…….



Then it was Sunday lunch time and we had to head home past Clarens



At one of the Petro Ports we saw the Honda Honda DS bike. Awesome looking piece of machinery. Check those vario panniers



Shaft Drive



Side View



Unfortunately this place is not open to the public. Mr Mole says at his last open day several carburettors, coils and other priceless items were stolen off his exhibits. His Model T Ford had it headlight removed by some or other farker. You don’t just drive to your nearest Midas and go and collect another, so he no longer do open days to Jan Public.
Thanks to all the maats who joined. I had an awesome time. Glad we’re all back safe and had the chance to share in this unique event.







 
  
« Last Edit: March 25, 2012, 05:15:39 pm by Leo »
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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 05:43:07 pm »
Dis nou een plek wat graag sou wou besoek!!!! :drif:
They had the big plough there a couple of years ago.
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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2012, 06:02:00 pm »
Looks like a place that will make you feel like a child in a toy shop - with refreshments of cause  ;D
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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2012, 06:11:34 pm »
Would love to have been there Leo, just not possible currently, as a kid I worked as a volunteer on a light steam railway with the steepest non rack system in the world so i am intruiged it is the "Welshpool and Llanfair light railway" "WLLR" if you want to check it :biggrin:
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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 07:02:38 pm »
Nice ride. I briefly saw you guys at blockhouse Engen on your way down.....green wif envy.
 

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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 08:54:07 pm »
Thanks vir die lekker verslag, baie geniet :thumleft:
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2012, 10:55:20 pm »
What a great collection ! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2012, 12:09:04 pm »
Dis nou een plek wat graag sou wou besoek!!!! :drif:
They had the big plough there a couple of years ago.
http://www.frameline.co.za/great400vol1.html

Chris, nogals gedink ons moet n ride opvat erens in verlede jaar, (ek het erens gesien jy laaik trekkers ens). Nou sien ek dis nie oop vir die publiek meer nie.  :'( 

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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2012, 12:16:26 pm »
Dis nou een plek wat graag sou wou besoek!!!! :drif:
They had the big plough there a couple of years ago.
http://www.frameline.co.za/great400vol1.html

Chris, nogals gedink ons moet n ride opvat erens in verlede jaar, (ek het erens gesien jy laaik trekkers ens). Nou sien ek dis nie oop vir die publiek meer nie.  :'( 

Ek wil ook baie graag NAMPO Oesdag toe gaan, sommer vir dag of drie
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2012, 12:41:09 pm »
Dankie vir die deel....lekker storie en peekchas!!  :thumleft:
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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2012, 12:44:22 pm »
Spent quite a few weekends at Sandstone a few years back, some very  :drif: worthy toys there.
At the time Koos Moorcroft was head of security, and they had a few very interesting characters doing Lesotho border patrols for them.

Pity a few have now fucked it up for the public  >:(

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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2012, 01:10:50 pm »
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Nice one again. Thanks for organizing. Lekker om die "ou speelgroepie" weer bymekaar te he :thumleft:
 

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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2012, 01:24:04 pm »
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Re: Leo and Friends at Sandstone Estate – Kalahari Sunrise.
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2012, 01:25:55 pm »
Awesome awesome awesome Leon, would love to one day attend :thumleft:  Maybe organise a WD event, if the okes can keep their paws of the parts (to boost the KTMs)...

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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2012, 02:36:02 pm »
Baie nice. Moet eendag daar uitkom. Ek is n groot stoom trein entoesias. Dankie vir al die fotos.
 

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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2012, 09:38:43 pm »
Thanks Leo, it was great!
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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2012, 06:16:21 am »
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2012, 06:52:01 am »
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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2012, 05:09:00 pm »
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« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2012, 09:43:04 am »
Lekker een!

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