Chance to walk the Taieri Gorge track

The once-a-year opportunity to have a grounded look at the Taieri Gorge Railway is back.

The Taieri Gorge Rail Walk would be this Sunday and provided an opportunity to see Taieri Gorge Railway up close and at a leisurely pace, walk convener Alan Hamilton, of the Lions Club of Dunedin South, said.

It would be the sixth time the annual event had been held and this year funds raised would go towards Dunedin Police Blue Light Empowering Youth.

Last year about 280 people took part in the event and a similar turnout was hoped for this year.

Seeing the railway on foot was a ''whole different ball game'' compared with seeing it by train, he said.

Taieri Gorge Railway operations manager Grant Craig said the event was a great way to support a good cause.

''It's a great way to see the railway and we don't allow it [travelling by foot] otherwise,'' he said.

Participants leave by train from Dunedin Railway Station at 8.30am. The walk starts at Flat Stream.

The return journey is by train, arriving back in Dunedin about 3pm.

• Tickets cost $65. All-weather clothing and a good torch are essential.

- Tim Brown

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