Choo-choo choc-choc

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Pun­ters hopped along in droves to the Es­planade’s Easter-themed minia­ture train.

The Es­planade Scenic Rail­way fea­tured long queues and sweet ap­petites for its Easter train at­trac­tion.

Rail­way so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Grant Taylor said trains started tak­ing pas­sen­gers 15 min­utes early due to the num­ber of peo­ple queu­ing up.

Although the train has al­ways been an at­trac­tion for par­ents with young chil­dren, there were also big groups of adults rid­ing, he said.

‘‘We only have one price and that’s for a chil­dren’s ticket, be­cause ev­ery­one who rides the train be­comes a child.’’

Riders were sur­prised half­way through when some­one dressed as the Easter bunny popped up to dish out choco­late eggs.

Taylor said the Easter train was about shar­ing good­will and cheer with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We get a huge amount of sup­port from the peo­ple of Palmer­ston North and Manawatu¯. They get a lot of joy from what we do and we love giv­ing stuff back to the peo­ple who sup­port us.’’

That sup­port had helped the so­ci­ety get within $30,000 of its fundrais­ing tar­get for its new rail de­pot and rail­way plat­form.

Its next spe­cial event was the Lights of Au­tumn night train, run­ning from 6pm un­til 9pm on April 6 and 7.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/STUFF

Pas­sen­gers on the Es­planade Scenic Rail­way get a sur­prise from Easter bunny Elaine Stich­bury, 13.

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