Steam train open day delights many

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 16:57 28/07/2013
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GREAT DAY: Mila Russek, 6, waits for a turn to ride the steam locomotive Ja1271 at Steam Incorporated's open day at Paekakariki.

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It was full steam ahead for train society Steam Incorporated's open days at Paekakariki this weekend.

About 650 people came through the rail site over the two days. Restored locomotives were on display, and people could ride the steam train and jigger railway cars along the lines, society president Peter Norman said. "The weather was lovely - we've had a good time."

Six-year-old Mila Russek had been to one of the annual opens days before, and brought the rest of the Russek family from Raumati South today, including baby sister Bonnie, 2.

The event was a great way for kids to appreciate a bit of history, dad Martin Russek said.

"They loved the steam engine the most - really loved going on the old carriage."

Caleb Michell, 11, and Liam Michell, 7, had travelled down from Levin for a family day out. Keen train enthusiasts, they would be hard pressed to choose a favourite from the activities, dad Grant Michell said.

"I think they loved it all."

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