Nostalgic train ride to mark retirement - E P Herald

Herald Reporter

Mr Ray Enslin and Oubaas Ray, the narrow-gauge locomotive named after him. Mr Enslin retired from the South African Transport Services yesterday and took a nostalgic trip on the locomotive to his home in Walmer to mark his retirement.


THE man after whom the narrow gauge steam locomotive Oubaas Ray is named, Mr Ray Enslin, retired from the South African Transport Services yesterday after 38 years' service.

To commemorate the day, Mr Enslin was driven home in Oubaas Ray from the diesel depot in Humewood as far as 17th Avenue in Walmer.  Friends and relatives met him in 17th Avenue.

Mr Enslin, who spent 33 years of his career in Port Elizabeth, retired as the regional engineer (mechanical) of Sats.

The narrow-gauge railway line and locomotives fell under his department and he played a large role in maintaining the line and restoring the old locomotives.

Mr Enslin said although the locomotives had outgrown their use in practical terms he had become fond of the old locomotives over the years and thought they should be preserved.