Three-hundred-and-fifty visitors will stop in Oamaru next Sunday as part of the the Taieri Gorge Railway’s visit to the town.
The train trip, which sold out in a fortnight, is being put together to celebrate Father’s Day.
Tickets cost $45 per adult and $20 per child and gathered plenty of interest, resulting in some people being placed on a waiting list.
Taieri Gorge Railway marketing manager Barbara Reid said it was pleasing to see the response of customers.
“Tickets sold really quickly. We sort of expected them to, with it having being popular the last two years, but we didn’t quite expect to get them sold as quickly as we did.”
Mrs Reid said the train trip would likely become an annual event.
“It’s popular and people do get on board, so we are looking forward to hopefully continuing it for years to come, with the potential of ventures to Oamaru more than once a year,” she said.
Despite there being a waiting list, Mrs Reid said it was unlikely they would bring an extra carriage.
“It’s quite difficult for us to get hold of another carriage, so I don’t think we will be bringing any more than the 350 we can cater for.”
The train will depart Dunedin Railway Station at 8am and arrive in Oamaru about 11am, before returning to Dunedin at 2.30pm.
“We don’t have anything as such planned for the passengers while they are there, but they will have the Steampunk and the Victorian Precinct and all the cafes Oamaru has to offer to keep them entertained for a few hours,” she said.
Meanwhile, Oamaru Steam and Train general manager Harry Andrew said tickets to his Father’s Day special had been slow.
“I want to sell around 300 tickets for the train, but have only sold just over 100. I’m happy enough with that, but I may have to get out and sell some more before the train ride.
“It will leave from the Oamaru Train Station at midday and return about 2pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 children and $50 for a family of two adults and two children and can be bought from Mr Andrew or from i-Site.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
HEADING OUR WAY: The Taieri Gorge Railway train that is heading to Oamaru for Father’s Day has sold out.