A Music Train event, run by the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, between Wickford and Southminster, has been hailed a resounding success.
Over 300 passengers, young and old, climbed aboard on Sunday (3 April) for the two sell-out Music Train events, which ran along the Crouch Valley Line.
The Music Train saw scores of children treated to a wide range of music and dance, from Bollywood to Kora, Samba to Djembe drumming, which was supported by Essex Cultural Diversity Project to provide a wide range of culturally diverse programmes on the train and the platforms.
With traditional Indian food and henna hand painting on the platform at Wickford, there was something for everyone.
Flavio Lopes, Area Customer Service Manager for Abellio Greater Anglia, said: “We work with the Community Rail Partnership (CRP) each year to provide a number of themed event trains for the Crouch Valley line which are becoming more and more popular. This was the first music train for the CRP and we’re thrilled it was such a success.”
Cllr Norman Hume, Chairman of Essex County Council, who attended the event with his grandchildren said: “This was a fantastic event for adults and children alike and was a great way to demonstrate how easy it is to explore Essex on one of our five branch lines. I would encourage families to take part in the other upcoming activity trains taking place throughout the rest of the year.”
Forthcoming event trains include: