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The spectacular steam and heritage Stars of Sandstone Festival is set for March 30 – April 9 2017

August 13, 2016 Whats On No Comments Email Email

The organisers of the world-class South African steam and heritage event, aptly named the Stars of Sandstone, are reporting a steady stream of enquiries for the 30 March to 9 April 2017 event in the picturesque Eastern Free-State. 


Bordering scenic Lesotho, visitors will enjoy the estate with its magical surrounds of Sandstone mountains, cosmos, farmlands and views of the majestic Maluti Mountains either on foot or from steam trains running on 26km of track.  

The SA Armour Museum delivers a riveting performance every time, with larger than life demonstrations of tanks and heavy armour dating from WW2 to the present. 

This working farm sets a precedent of utilising every resource available on this fertile, beautiful land, from ever-expanding cattle herds to harvesting cosmos, soya, wheat, maize, sunflowers and the like.

Come share the Heritage diversity of vintage locomotives, classic aeroplanes, and military vehicles. Sandstone’s teams of trained Afrikaner Oxen toil away oblivious to the attention lavished on them. 

Over 300 vintage tractors are on display and carry out a variety of tasks. 

Rare road Steam Traction engines, buses and cars of a bygone era take centre stage in providing endless pleasure throughout the event. The myriad agricultural relics in mint condition will again be exhibited at the 2017 festival, with glittering new additions to the ever-expanding collection.

This is truly a celebration of 150 years of agriculture, from animal drawn reapers to the massive modern Combine Harvester of today.

Massive double headed Garratts haul the one-and-a-half-hour Mountain Wanderer train through the mountains while diminutive sugar cane locomotives on the new children’s train bring delight to all generations.

This is the largest collection of 2ft narrow gauge locomotive trains, 30 to date, in the world. 


Aircraft set to thrill at Stars 2017 includes: Harvards, Tiger Moth, Stampe, Chipmunk, and more. The airstrip welcomes fly-in guests, as always, just ensure the organisers are aware you’re coming to secure a smooth arrival process, as always.

Regular long weekend open day steam events at Sandstone have been in operation throughout the year by popular demand.

The Sandstone team report a growing number of new and now regular visitors to the event. The event, which was first launched in 1999, has always attracted a large number of visitors from overseas including visitors from the United Kingdom, Australia, the USA, Belgium and Germany, where working heritage steam and vintage relics enjoy a loyal following, it is heartening to notice the larger numbers of South Africans now registering online to attend the festival.

All the drivers of the steam and heritage vehicles are involved on avoluntary basis, travelling from across the globe to pay homage to the romance and fun of a special era and the directors urge visitors, drivers and firemen to register early to attend and participate.

To avoid disappointment, register at:

Entry for the 2017 Stars of Sandstone Festival are available from Larissa Clarke who can be contacted on +27 76 024 8188 or

Open days will be ideal for day-visitors to enjoy, with food and refreshments on sale. On-site accommodation and camping space is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. 

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