Monday, January 04, 2010
The Little Train of Picton
This is My World this week.
Erle and I have recently volunteered to run the the little train that runs on the Foreshore of Picton for the children. The train has been running for about 40 years I think, a long time. This is a voluntary job, Erle drives the small train loaded with small children passengers and the occasional adult who wishes to re enjoy their youthful fun, the ride costs just 20 cents per person amazing value and a price all can afford so many many take the opportunity of riding the little train. There is a waterfall to drive under and a bridge to go over and another to go beneath, plus a small forest to go through, and all the time it is driving around a small lake. This is avery popular feature on the foreshore. In fact at the end of the day we reconned that over 400 children had enjoyed a ride.
I work as the Station Master who rings the bell and waves the flags and takes the money for rides and sail boat hires which are also just 20 cents a hire.
We hire out lovely old fashioned sail boats for the boys to play with in the small lake, this is a joy most have never had before, in fact several asked me where the motor was and how to turn it on! These are equipt with 2 good sails and they skim across the water real fast when a breeze catches them. The kids love to race them around the lake, they are not suposed to go into the water but I see that they sometimes do!
A young man caught in the act.
Ofcause there are numerous other volunteers beside us, in fact some of the photos show others working.