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Sandstone is the sort of place you dream of if you are into any sort of historic transport and machinery. It has been on my bucket list for a number of years and I have watched with envy the photographic opportunities on offer.

If anyone told me it would be that good photographically, questions would have been asked. The International Sandstone Festival must be one of the largest heritage transport events in the southern hemisphere, if not the world and it became too much to resist so, biting the bullet, the decision was made to go.

Primarily, Sandstone Heritage Trust is a private preservation initiative established on a commercial arable farm growing wheat, maize and sunflowers covering 20,000 acres near Ficksburg in the Eastern Free State of South Africa. The farm is located under the Maluti Mountains along the Caledon River, which is the border with land-locked Lesotho and was bought by its present owner, a British-owned company, in 1995.

Local farmers had been preserving farming machinery and the previous owners were still using older-style vehicles rather than modernising, thus creating a historic time warp. The new

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