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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 7 (December 15, 1926)

Sunday Excursion—Otira

Sunday Excursion—Otira.

The inauguration of Sunday Excursions from Christchurch to Otira is proving a great success. The excursions are being well patronised by the public of Christchurch and suburbs. Those who have done this favourite trip speak in glowing terms of the magnificent scenery seen en route. On Sunday, 10th October, two special trains left Christchurch for Otira conveying over 800 passengers. On the same date an excursion was run from Greymouth to Arthur's Pass carrying 600 passengers accompanied by the Greymouth Municipal Band. This gave the public of Christchurch and Greymouth an opportunity to meet their friends. Over 600 passengers journeyed by road from Arthur's Pass to Otira to view the magnificent scenery through the Gorge. The residents of Christchurch are very fortunate in being able to spend an enjoyable day's outing within easy reach of the city. The popularity of these excursions is evidenced by the fact that this is the fourth run to Otira since July, and on each occasion two trains were requisitioned to cope with the demands.

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