Railway line snowed under sand

Bernard Wallace-Bradley, Simon’s Town

How many “Simonites” remember when Simon’s Town was a separate municipality and owned its own bulldozer?

At the appropriate time of the year,
along the whole length of Long Beach the bulldozer pushed the sand from the lawn – yes, people picnicked on the grass – back down to the low water mark and incidentally kept the railway completely clear of sand.

Then, we were incorporated into the all-embracing Cape Town City Council and our bulldozer was deployed elsewhere. Ergo, the onshore wind and waves did their thing and the sand was allowed to climb right over the wall and submerge the whole railway.