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.

30 comments:

Kleine-creative-Welt said...

Dear Glennis,
I love it to see the joy you have and you give to many children. They can have so much fun and show it. It makes happy.
All the best for you and your family - Ruth

merike said...

Wonderful, now you are really enjoying yourselves and so is everybody. I must also try your train with Lasse this year, as we are growing younger every day!
Kisses from the cold.

wenn said...

wonderful and fun ride!

rainfield61 said...

That looks very very fun indeed.

smallkucing said...

Wow...i want to ride too. That looks fun.

Stephanie V said...

Now that's a dream job! Lucky you, spending time doing what we dreamed of doing as kids. The stationmaster's work is just as interesting as the engineer's> I don't think I've ever seen it that way. Enjoy your days with the kids - and kids at heart!

Carver said...

That train looks like so much fun for the children and a good volunteer project. Happy New Year.

Stine in Ontario said...

Now that's a job that sounds like FUN!

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful thing to do that brings such fun to so many children! That has to bring a big supply of pleasure to you as well! What a great post! Love your photos, Glennis!

Hope your new year is off to a great start!

Sylvia

Tony said...

Looks like a great time. Nice experience for the kids. A neighbor has a train similar to this one, on his farm property.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

My great nephew and great niece would love the train and little sailboats; wish we lived closer!

Pooch Morning Glory said...

glennis
that little train is so cute!! it looks like so much fun
~laura

Maia said...

What a nice feature the ride with the train. Renting a little boat and playing with must be great fun to those children too.
You are both doing a wonderful job.

Arija said...

Oh Glennis, what a wonderful volunteering experience. I bet yu have a whale of a time.
There used to be the mos beautiful trainride on a gas fired miniature train that was stopped because of idiotic health and safety regulations.

Japa said...

This is fun. It's heart warming and wonderful to know you are doing volunteer work to make many people happy.

Happy New Year!

Sakura said...

how nice
i think you have a wonderful day!
;)

roughterrain crane said...

A happy New Year!
At the beginning of the year, you enjoyed the good time with children's smiles.
May 2010 bring your family happiness.

Lianne said...

that train is just too cute :)

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Lianne said...

that train is just too cute :)

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claude said...

Tchou ! Tchou !

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Glennis: That is certainly a neat endeavor, that is a cute little train.

Cloudia said...

I would love to take a miniature journey with you, Glennis!



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Gena @ thinking aloud said...

Looks like a really fun place!!!!
thanks for stopping by m yblog Gena

fufu said...

picton is so happening huuh... i was there for an hour before heading to christchurch >< anyway happy 2010

yves1947 said...

Hello GLENNIE
Thank you for that comment you left on my blog.
I visited yours and I find it very interesting.
Friendship
YVES

Reader Wil said...

It's a pity that we missed that train when we were in Picton in February 2005! It would have been great fun for my grandchildren.
Have a great Sunday!

fickleinpink said...

Thanks, Glennis for coming by my blog!
You sure have a beautiful place , too!

have a great day!

Lemon said...

my god you are cool! thanks a lot for the comment, you gave me a very warm welcome

Miranda said...

How wonderful that this little train is still running! We had a ride on it with our kids about 13 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.