|Sandstone packages for active participants, their family and travelling companions
The Stars of Sandstone festival welcomes international visitors who wish to actively participate at Sandstone on the railway as well as other
disciplines, subject to approval and adherence to all rules and safety needs. Participants provide much of the operating staff for the railway,
vintage vehicles, traction engines and other heritage assets. If you would like to get involved and feel that you may have the required
qualifications and experience, you are welcome to make your interests known to the Sandstone team.
All participants must pay the Sandstone entry fee. You will also have to arrange accommodation, transport from Johannesburg airport and daily
transfers between your accommodation and Sandstone if required, these services are being managed on behalf of Sandstone by Geoff’s
There are different disciplines where you can contribute, but the most critical are the drivers, firemen and guards on the railway. They all require
to be certified as competent and safe and will be required to attend an assessment for three days before the festival starts on 04 April 2019 to
achieve this. The festival ends on 14 April and although it is not essential for all participants to stay to the last day, it is important that the railway
continues to be safely operated until then.
Some participants have expressed a wish to have their partners and family travel to the festival with them, we are very happy to accommodate
this. Single participants can choose accommodation at Sandstone where Cape gauge sleeper coaches offer acceptable, if not luxurious,
accommodation. The suggested option for accompanied particpants is a guest house at the nearby town of Ficksburg, offering pleasant bed
and breakfast accommodation for family and friends. This off-site option is also available to singles, but the Sandstone on-site
accommodation is limited to single active participants who will be required to attend before sunrise.
Geoff’s Trains will provide a coach transfer between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport and your accommodation at Sandstone or Ficksburg,
leaving OR Tambo airport at 12h00 on 31 March, 01, 03 and 08 April 2019. The coaches will return to Johannesburg on 08, 12, 14 and 15 April.
During your stay, the coaches will provide a transfer service between Ficksburg and Sandstone, with a service to Sandstone timed to satisfy the
early morning crew, another just before sunrise and a third after breakfast, arriving at Sandstone in time for the start of the festival at 10h00. In
the afternoon, return trips will run before and after dinner. These coaches are included in your package, they will not be available to anyone who
has not booked a package through Geoff’s Trains.
Subject to availability, your Ficksburg accommodation will be at Imperani Guest House. Imperani have single, double and four bed family units.
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16 January 2018
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