All the kids know Kevin
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.