2013 - a year of success
Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership have been reviewing a year of success on the rails.
Sea Shanty Train
The sea shanty trains ran on the Mayflower line for the first time on the weekend of October 12th and 13th. ESSCRP were asked if we would run a 'sea shanty' train by the International Sea Shanty organisers which proved to be a huge success. Passengers travelled from Manningtree to Harwich to join in the sea shanty weekend which had events for children and adults running throughout Harwich. ESSCRP decorated two trains on Saturday 12th and one train on Sunday 13th and children and adults were greeted on the platform by sailors and pirates for their train journey to Harwich. On the train children were given activity packs to complete as well as guessing where the treasure was hidden on the map of the island, guess the name of the parrot and the best dressed pirates. Throughout the journey adults and children were told stories by pirates walking through the carriages and entertained by sea shanty crews who sang sea shanties and played music. We received excellent feedback from the passengers and from the sea shanty festival who have asked if we will run the train for the 2014 festival.
The Halloween train ran on the 27th October on the Mayflower line and was enjoyed by over 280 children and adults on the 16.26 and 17.26 trains from Manningtree to Harwich and return. The adults and children were greeted on board by ghosts, ghouls, and witches to start their Halloween journey. Throughout the journey children and adults were entertained with spooky stories from a witch wandering through the carriages, as well as a gruesome creature entertaining the children. Other activities included guess the weight of the pumpkins, name the skeleton, how many creatures in the jar as well as guessing what was in the gruesome boxes!!. All children received an activity pack to do on the train and take home as well as a Halloween goody bag. Face painting and tattoos was enjoyed by the children and prizes given for the most creative costumes. The train was a huge success with tickets sold out before the event and very positive feedback from children and adults as well as the volunteers!