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.
The highlights include train rides all day from 10am and the Mountain Wanderer train to run daily at 15h30, duration two hours. Entrance fees comprise: R230 per person, R145 per child under 12 years of age – includes all train rides, starting from 10am daily. Bookings and enquiries can be made on 051 933 2235 or www.sandstone-estates.com.
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.