The Pietermaritzburg Model Engineering Society, first inaugurated 91 years ago in 1922, is still alive and strong! It seeks to foster and preserve a love of engineering associated with steam locomotion by building miniature replicas of larger scale locomotives at its club premises in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
The grounds feature a working rail station, a workshop and approximately 1 000 metres of track with bridges and tunnels. Once a month, they fire up their steam locomotives and passenger cars to give the public a chance to enjoy a bygone era of travel.
Importantly, the Society also actively reaches out to the wider community in various ways to further this cause, notably the aged and disadvantaged youngsters.
If this noble aim was not enough, the restoration of the 100-year-old roof of the station was another tantalising reason for Safintra to help the Society in their work.
The station is of a classic Victorian design using corrugated roof sheeting, and was renovated by the members in time for them to host the National Live Steam Meeting and their own annual Wings, Wheels and Whistles Expo during the first weekend of August.
“Safintra actively supports the restoration of heritage architecture. The company was delighted to donate our Classicorr corrugated roof sheets and the results were everything we hoped for,” said Sally Stromnes, national marketing manager of Safintra South Africa.
“Our corporate social investment projects must add value to the community. If we can add to our rich heritage by preserving buildings and by doing what is right for the greater community, I believe we have succeeded.
“By involving disadvantaged youngsters in this project, we hope it will stimulate in them an interest in preservation, and a pride and responsibility with regards to our shared historical heritage. This helps to create a more sustainable future for South African heritage at large,” she concluded.
Safintra is proudly involved in the training of heritage architectural professionals, thereby ensuring that our national architectural legacy is preserved in accordance with the requirements of the South African Heritage Resources Agency.
Safintra Roofing & Steel has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Nelspruit and Polokwane, and has affiliated operations in Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia.
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