East Cape Rail Reunion
On the 24 th October the ‘place to be’ for ex Railway Employees will be the Port Elizabeth at the PE Model Locomotive Society Club at Stella Londt Drive where the Eastern Cape Railway Reunion is scheduled to take place.
The event will give ex ‘spories’ the opportunity the meet again after many years and share all the great days of the past when the Railways were still Railways—when those working for them 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.
“With so many railway employees retired in Jeffreys Bay the town could have been the most appropriate place to hold such an event,” reports Chris de Vos. “But with the miniature steam train club in Port Elizabeth, where there will be five steam trains and a diesel locomotive in operation, was decided to be the more suitable venue to give retirees the smell of smoke and sound of ‘puffing billies’ once again.
“The event might even give some ex train drivers the opportunity to get in behind the controls of that shiny and proud little lady (locomotives have always been named after and referred to as ladies).
Entrance will be free. But train rides of five minutes will cost R5-00 for all.
Pension case up-date
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
Program for the day:
09H00 : Gates open Registration
10H00 : Opening with scripture reading and prayer
10H15 : Miniature trains will commence wit operations
For the rest of the day it will be a fun packed program with the final time for speakers and other events to be made available at alter stage.
For further info see Facebook Footplate Memories or contact Hani Alberts 084 406 0197, Hennie van Rooyen 083 284 0835
Article source: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Eastern-Cape-reunion-20151019