Kids train the brain for safety
Young people are making sure the message about staying safe around trains, tracks and stations is shared with the wider community.
Students from Mt Albert Primary School were involved in the launch of Rail Safety Week on Monday, where the message of using your ‘‘train brain’’ around locomotives was given a push.
The youngsters joined Minister of Transport Michael Woodhouse, KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn and rail safety campaigner Chris Cairns for a ride on the Safety Train, which was hauled by a steam locomotive provided by Mainline Steam Heritage Trust.
Rail Safety Week also saw the launch of a new campaign including advertising, posters, an online quiz, a new computer game and a school competition.
Kiwi students are being challenged to come up with creative ways of sharing rail safety messages with the community.
‘‘The important message is to use your train brain,’’ Mr Woodhouse says. ‘‘Stay off the tracks – tracks are for trains.’’
Mr Cairns is a rail safety campaigner and former Kiwi cricketer and says all sorts of people come to strife on train tracks.
‘‘They seem to be all ages, but with a bias towards younger males.
‘‘They may not even be train users, but people taking short cuts along or across train tracks because they see it as more convenient than
using a proper railway crossing.’’
Train brains: Youngsters like Mt Albert Primary School pupils Iagan Lynch, left, Yang Long and Oscar Cao play an important part in spreading the word about rail safety.
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