Preview days

There are a few days before the start of a Sandstone Festival when the equipment is prepared and crew are familiarised. For 2019, two of these
days will be open for a maximum of 50 photographers who will be able to explore the farm, view the machinery and enjoy the railway operations
without other visitors being present.

01 April 2019
You will be met at Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport and shown to your coach in time for a 12h00 (noon) departure. Your transfer to your hotel will
take between 5 and 6 hours, with a halfway comfort stop. An included dinner will be at your hotel.

02 and 03 April 2019
After breakfast, travel by coach to Sandstone. Spend the day on the estate, viewing the preparations and exploring the outstanding heritage collection.
Lunch will be available.
Return to your hotel in time for dinner (not included).

The preview package ends on arrival at your hotel this evening, where you will join one of the festival packages described below.

Special Photographic packages during the International Festival

To satisfy serious railway photographer, early morning photo sessions with experienced runpast organisers have been arranged. Fifty participants
will have exclusive access to either the main railway or Sebs railway for those magical early morning shots. Each session will run from sunrise to
09h00, and will include breakfast at Sandstone.

You can book for 04 to 07 April (four mornings), or for 09 to 11 April (three mornings). You will photograph a selection of ex South African Railways
locomotives, both straight and Garratt types with goods loads. Both groups will, as far as is possible, feature the same locomotive classes and you
can book all seven sessions if you wish.

During the day, when the Stars festival is open to everyone, you will have priority on other services such as coach transport to run-past locations for
the afternoon mountain meander trains. Early booking is advised.
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Preview days:
01 to 03 April 2019

US$  704:         Per person sharing
US$  209:         Single use of a twin or double room

Your preview package includes:
  • Your transfer from Johannesburg
  • Accommodation for two nights, bed and breakfast
  • Entry to Sandstone for 2 days (09h00 to sunset)
  • Return transfers between your hotel and Sandstone
  • Hotel dinner on 01 April.

Special photographic sessions during the International Festival:

Staying at the Fouriesburg Country Inn
US$  321:
        04 to 07 April (Four mornings)
US$  241:         09 to 11 April (Three mornings)
Staying at Ficksburg
US$  396
:        04 to 07 April. (Four mornings)
US$  297:        09 to 11 April. (Three mornings)

To book these photographic sessions you will also need a festival package that includes entry to the festival, accommodation and transfers. .
The sunrise photo sessions are only available for multiple days as they have to coincide with accommodation and transfer arrangements.

Your Photographer's Package includes:
  • Entry to Sandstone between 06h00 and 09h00 on the selected days.
  • Breakfast at Sandstone.
  • Priority on coach transport on the Sandstone Estate to access run-past locations during the afternoon Mountain Meander trains, and possibly
    at other times.
  • The services of a photo run-past organiser

Your Photographer's Package does not include:
  • Accommodation
  • Meals, other than breakfast
  • Entry to the Festival after 09h00, this is included in your festival booking..
  • Transfers back to your accommodation, this is included in your festival booking.

will be at Sandstone.

Coach transfers:
You will be allocated space in a coach that suits your Sandstone package. The coaches will run to a timetable and it will be your responsibility to
ensure that you are on the correct coach in time for departure. There may be an extra charge for private transfers or alternative meals should you
miss your coach.

Maximum number of photographers per group: 50.

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If you are unsure what you wish to book, complete the registration form and we will discuss options with you.
If you have a question,
ask us here. You are also welcome to phone Geoff on Mobile +44 (0)7752143657. UK office hours please.
If you know what you want to book, complete the on line booking for here. You will receive an invoice and be asked for a 10% deposit. You can pay
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