Reunion for former railway employees

2015-10-22 06:00
Here Gilbert Jessop was captured a year ago whilst working on the Apple Express.                

Here Gilbert Jessop was captured a year ago whilst working on the Apple Express. Photo: WERNER HILLS

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On October 24 the place to be for ex-railway employees will be at the PE Model Locomotive Society Club at Stella Londt Drive where the Eastern Cape Railway Reunion will take place.

“The event will give former ‘Spoories’ the opportunity to meet again after many years and share all the great days of the past when the Railways were still Railways,” said Chris de Vos, an organiser of the event.

“Those were the days when those working for the South African Railways had pride in their jobs, whether callman, porter or general manager.

“When the privilege of having a job came first, when the word ‘strike’ was almost unknown in the rail worker’s vocabulary.”

At the miniature steam train club in Port Elizabeth, there will be five steam trains and a diesel locomotive in operation.

“It was decided to host it at this venue to give retirees the smell of smoke and sound of ‘puffing billies’ once again.”

Some former train drivers will be given the opportunity to get behind the controls of the shiny and proud “little ladies” (locomotives have always been named after and referred to as ladies).

Entrance will be free, but train rides of five minutes will cost R5 each.

Pension case update

Advocate Johan Alberts will be the main speaker at the event.

He will give an update on the 60 000 Transnet Pensioners’ case and this could give all the attendees the opportunity to get a progress report and also ask questions in this regard.

The legal team acting on behalf of the pensioners was recently bolstered when Adv. Wim Trengove SC, a renowned and highly regarded litigation specialist, joined the team.

Bring and braai

Please note that this will be a bring and braai day. Attendees must bring their own cool boxes, chairs and sun umbrellas. Fires for braai facilities will be provided.

The programme for the day is: 09:00 gates open andamp; registration; 10:00: opening with scripture reading and prayer; 10:15: miniature trains will commence with operations.

For the rest of the day it will be a fun packed program.

)For further info see Facebook Footplate Memories or contact Hani Alberts 084 406 0197, Hennie van Rooyen 083 284 0835

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