It is full steam ahead for the Otago Excursion Train
Trust, which won the top prize at the 2012 TrustPower Dunedin
Community Awards last night.
At the annual awards, presented at a function at the Dunedin
Public Art Gallery, the train trust received the supreme
award - $1500 in prize money, and a certificate and trophy.
The trust has also won the chance to represent Dunedin at the
2012 national awards in the Bay of Islands next March.
Through the latest awards, TrustPower has donated $6250 to
various community groups.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull told more than 170 people, mostly
club and group representatives, that a record number of award
entries had been "extremely difficult to judge" and the
Dunedin community "simply would not function" without
extensive volunteer input.
The train trust and its more than 90 volunteers were a "huge
credit" to the city, having helped operate and maintain the
Taieri George Railway for more than 30 years, he said.
Award organisers said the train trust had been established in
1979 by a group of rail enthusiasts who had bought some
wooden-clad carriages to run an excursion train for the
people of Otago.
The trust's "highly dedicated and hard-working volunteers"
also staffed and chartered the excursion trains on the Taieri
George Railway for cruise-ship visitors as well as for
privately chartered trains.
"With up to 350 guests per trip and 84 excursions scheduled
for this season already, it's a huge commitment by these
volunteers who go above and beyond to ensure every passenger
is able to soak in the stunning Otago scenery," TrustPower
organiser Jess Somerville said.
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