All aboard mini trains

Left to right Arthur Boyd and Len Redway. Pic Marco De Luca

By Jessica Micallef

Passengers are hopping aboard miniature trains in Gisborne.

The Gisborne Miniature Railway group is a not-for-profit organisation that takes people on a loop of a track on working engines.

Railway co-ordinator Arthur Boyd said the trains have been running in Gisborne for the past 25 years.

He said the railway was the perfect hang-out for parents to cure their children’s school holiday boredom.

“It’s another venue for mums to consider to bring their kids to,” Mr Boyd said. “It’s good to see children’s faces lit up like Christmas trees.”

After applying for a grant to the Gisborne Bendigo Bank, the group received $10,000 which will go towards a storage facility for the trains. “I was pleasantly surprised,” Mr Boyd said.

“We are extremely grateful for their investing and believing in our endeavours … [We] look forward to improving our set-up for the benefit of the community.”

The railway is permanently set up on the grounds of the Gisborne Steam Park on the first Sunday of each month between 11am-3pm.

Enclosed footwear is required to ride the train.

The train will also be in full steam on Australia Day between 1-4pm at Gisborne Steam Park, Webb Crescent.