Thousands of people are expected to visit Exhibition Express when it rolls into Timaru today.
Interactive displays, games, and giveaways will all be part of the KiwiRail exhibition travelling around the country as a way of marking 150 years since a passenger train made its first journey in New Zealand.
So far the train has travelled to Auckland, Wellington and Invercargill and had attracted thousands of families to check it out.
"The numbers have blown us away, it's been fantastic," KiwiRail spokeswoman Kimberley Brady said.
"The kids love it."
Kids would be able to jump in the driver's seat of the train and play on iPads as part of the interactive displays.
The exhibition is only stopping in 12 towns across New Zealand and will display the past and present of New Zealand's rail.
KiwiRail's first trip was between Ferrymead and Christchurch on December 1, 1863, heralding the beginning of the industrial revolution in New Zealand.
Timaru's own passenger train service was discontinued in 2002 with the cancellation of The Southerner. See page 7 for another rail story.
SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD
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