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