Es­planade Rail­way ready for Hal­lowe’en

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

The Es­planade Scenic Rail­way seems to have some sort of am­bas­sado­rial sta­tus with Kiwi Rail. Well, you’d think so af­ter the na­tional rail­way provider do­nated flu­oro vests and coats to mem­bers of the pop­u­lar ride’s vol­un­teer train crews.

The Scenic Rail­way’s Grant Tay­lor says 25 light­weight vests and 16 rain­coats, all screen­printed with the Scenic Rail­way’s logo were handed over at the track last week in the pres­ence of the Scenic Rail­way’s DXC loco, which is decked out in Kiwi Rail livery.

‘‘We had three old tatty sec­ond-hand rain­coats and a mish-mash of vests. Peter Ready the CEO of Kiwi Rail asked if they could pro­vide us with some new gear. It’s good to wear in the out­doors and of­fers a safer and more pro­fes­sional im­age for our pas­sen­gers.’’

The new vests and coats will be stan­dard uni­form for train crews and track staff, with the do­na­tion in time for the rail­way’s planned Hal­lowe’en Trains that are run­ning at the end of the month.

‘‘The Hal­lowe’en trains are for four nights – Labour Day, Mon­day 26 and Wed­nes­day 28 from 6 – 9pm, and on Fri­day 30 and Satur­day 31 from 6 – 10pm,’’ Grant says. ‘‘They’ll be great nights of scary fun.’’

Food and drink will be avail­able and pa­trons for the $4 rides are en­cour­aged to come dressed up for the oc­ca­sion and ready for an ex­pe­ri­ence. Tick­ets are avail­able on the night with the pro­ceeds split 50/50 be­tween the Massey Net­ball Club, Ash­hurst Mu­sic Club, East­man Rover Scout Crew, and the Massey Univer­sity Alpine Club.

Ear­lier this year the rail­way was named the Supreme Win- ner 2015 for Palmer­ston North Trust Power Awards af­ter com­plet­ing its new stor­age shed and work­shop. The rail­way will rep­re­sent Palmer­ston North at the na­tional Trust­power Awards be­ing held in Dunedin next March.

Founded in 1969, the rail­way’s 2.2 kilo­me­tre track runs from 1 – 4pm Satur­day, Sun­day, and on school and public hol­i­days, with ex­tended evening hours from De­cem­ber 18 in the lead-up to Christ­mas, and ex­tended open­ing hours dur­ing Jan­uary.

PHOTO:MUR­RAY WIL­SON / FAIR­FAX NZ

Kiwi Rail’s Phil Austin (left) pre­sent­ing new flu­oro vests and rain­coats to mem­bers of the Es­planade Scenic Rail­way crew Mur­ray Robin­son, pres­i­dent, and Doug Turner (back), with Kiwi Rail oper­a­tions man­ager Karen Mac­don­ald .

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