MORE than 250 people took part in the steam train ride from Bulawayo to Figtree as part of events to mark the 120th anniversary celebrations of Bulawayo as a human settlement.
The trip was aimed at reminding the public about the first steam train that arrived in Bulawayo three years after it was declared a city.
Speaking at the event, Bulawayo mayor Martin Moyo said the trip was aimed at evoking memories of where the city comes from and what it had achieved.
“The trip was for us as a city to look back at where we are coming from and work towards achieving a better Bulawayo. The past 120 years have not been easy for the city as we have faced economic challenges that have left a dent on the welfare of people although this did not get the people of the city down,” Moyo said.
He said different people from all walks of life had worked tirelessly to develop the city and Bulawayo has turned out to be one of the best cities in the country.
“Various companies and industries have been instrumental in the revival of the city’s development and we as the people of Bulawayo, must put it upon ourselves to make it a better place,” he said.
Other officials on the vintage steam train ride included Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi Moyo, deputy mayor Gift Banda, councillors and MPs.
Other events the city has embarked on to commemorate its 120th anniversary include the launch of a pictorial historic display at the Natural History Museum, a day of prayer, a clean-up campaign and a booklet on Bulawayo at 120 years.