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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