Esplanade Railway ready for Hallowe’en
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.
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 .