All the kids know Kevin

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Kevin Wright is a well-known face.

Any child who has rid­den the Aotea La­goon train will know him.

Ev­ery weekend for about 15 years he has vol­un­teered his time to drive the train.

‘‘It gives me a great thrill to see all the chil­dren’s faces light up with ex­cite­ment as I pull the train into the sta­tion for them to go for a ride. It’s iconic. It’s al­ways been here,’’ he said.

Wright con­tacted us af­ter see­ing our Flash­back item about the Aotea La­goon train last month. He said that even be­fore he be­came the driver, the train had a fond his­tory in his fam­ily.

The Pa­pakowhai res­i­dent took his two sons for rides on it and con­tin­ued the tra­di­tion with his grand­chil­dren.

One weekend he took them down for a ride and the train was not run­ning. He saw an advertisement seek­ing a driver and de­cided to do it.

Wright said he only took one weekend off a year, to go fish­ing.

The train has been op­er­ated by the Wai­tan­girua Lions since 1978. It runs on Sun­days from 1pm till 4pm for $2.50 per ride. Chil­dren un­der 2 travel free.

Old days: The Aotea La­goon train in 1979.

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