Choco­late on the tracks

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

‘‘We had a per­fect spot be­cause we could see ev­ery­thing.’’ Han­nah Scott, 11

The Easter Bunny hopped along to the Es­planade to greet pas­sen­gers on the miniature train.

Palmer­ston North’s young boys and girls were treated to a visit - and plenty of choco­late eggs - from the Easter Bunny as they rode the train at the Es­planade Scenic rail­way on Mon­day.

The rail­way had two trains run­ning each day over the long week­end, from Good Fri­day through to Easter Mon­day.

Rail­way vice pres­i­dent Arnold Brown said the train had been very busy with more than 1000 peo­ple get­ting on board the Easter train be­tween Fri­day to Sun­day, and even more on Mon­day.

The Easter Bunny was hard at work the whole time, giv­ing out Easter treats to the pas­sen­gers.

Brown said all the pas­sen­gers were in good spir­its, de­spite some wet weather over the week­end.

He said the Easter Bunny was a hit with the younger chil­dren.

Brown has been driv­ing trains for 10 years and was happy to be back for the Easter-themed fes­tivities for an­other year and see all the smil­ing faces. ‘‘It al­ways proves pop­u­lar.’’ Ekta Sharma brought her son Parv, 3, along to see the Easter Bunny.

She said it was her son’s first ever ride on the train and they would be back to ride it again.

‘‘He en­joyed see­ing the for­est and he got choco­late as well.’’

Tineka Abe was vis­it­ing from Auck­land and her son Zeb, 19 months, en­joyed the ride.

‘‘It was good for lit­tle kids and big kids.’’

Abe said get­ting treats from the Easter Bunny made the train ride.

‘‘Choco­late was prob­a­bly the win­ner on the day.’’

Han­nah Scott, 11, was an­other who was happy with the ride.

‘‘It was awe­some, it was fun. We had a per­fect spot be­cause we could see ev­ery­thing.’’

The Es­planade Scenic Rail­way also runs themed trains at Christ­mas and Hal­loween.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Es­planade train pas­sen­gers re­ceive an easter egg from the Easter bunny played by Court­ney Laing, 16.

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