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