In Memory

In memory of Roy Colin Mitchell


04 JULY 1956 TO 06 JUNE 2003

Roy Mitchell was a railway man born and bred

He was a man of courage and served the iron way well

The iron road is a hard road and the work is never ending

Working night and day on the iron way to keep his dream alive

He gave his life upon the track, the sixth day of June the day

By his deeds you shall know him

By the work of his hands

By his family and by his friends that mourn him

By the love that he bore

And the life that he gave

The run has ended

The shift completed

So long mates so long

God Speed, Roy, God Speed.

Dear Roy

We cannot believe it! You, our best friend, had to leave us on so cruel kind.

We will try to continue your work. It will be our task to put your visions, about preserving  the narrow-gauge railways of southern Africa,  into practice.

We will always keep  you in memory,  in addition,we like to thank you, that we had been allowed to become frends of you and your great family.

Roy we miss you !!

A larger than life character he will be missed by the world of steam and
railways, and by the world in general. His legacy lives on in the various
projects he was involved with.

Roy was killed doing what he loved, working on the narrow gauge. Passionate about railways and narrow gauge in particular, Roy
was a stalwart of 2'0" preservation in South Africa and a driving force behind
the Apple Express until recently. His unorthodox style and maverick actions did not always endear him to everyone but his passion ruled all.