Kids train the brain for safety

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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.

Visit cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a rail safety video.

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