Cear urged to organise more train rides

The first fun train ride in 17 years organised by Central East Africa Railways (Cear) for kids on New Year’s Eve turned out to be successful with some urging the company to consider more of such rides.

Parents who bought tickets for their children were impressed and urged the company to consider adults or family train rides.

One of the parents, Vanessa Mpaka said after an exciting kids train ride, the company should also consider parents.

“We are happy to see that the children had fun. I would like to appeal to Cear to also organise more train rides for mothers and even families,” she said.

A Ndirande-based nurse, Chimwemwe Nyirenda, also applauded the country’s sole railway transport services provider for a well organised special event for the kids.

“Children had fun and I would like to request them to arrange train rides for adults as well,” she said.

Blantyre City Council public relations manager Anthony Kasunda also said it would be a good idea for Cear to consider families fun ride as “most of us have never experienced travelling by train.”

Cear communications analyst Wezi Kalua said the overwhelming response from the first train fun ride since the year 2000 had encouraged them to organise more.

“We didn’t expect this kind of response. Parents have shown willingness to have train rides and we will definitely be arranging, especially on special occasions,” Kalua said.

“We started with the kids train ride just to test the waters and we are impressed.”

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