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The long-looked for and earaerly con- I templated railway excursion from Ashburton to Christchurch and Lyttelton eventuated to-day. The weather was perfect, 1 and half an hour before the time fixed 1 for the departure of the train the railway station was thronged with expectant holiday makers. A large proportion of the excursionists were country residents, although the town was well represented 1 largely by commercial men, and ladies on 1 business and shopping intent, attracted I by the reduced fares. Great credit is due to Mr Arthur, the popular stationmaster at Ashburton, for the excellent arrangements he had made for the I issue of tickets and seating of the great number of travellers. There was 1 not the slightest hitch or delay! and punctually at half-past eight the long I train moved out of thestationwlth itsbuoyant freight. The following are the exact number of whole tickets issued at the respective stations Tinwald, 60; Ashburton, 710; Ohertiey, 20; Rakaia, 50; total, 840, Allowing for half tickets, of which ' there were a great number issued, we estimate that nearly 1,000 persons travelled by the train. We have received the following telegram from our special correspondent with the excursion ; —The excursion arrived here at noon, the bulk of the excursionists remaining in Christchurch. The weather is magnificent, and large numbers of the visitors are enjoying trips round the harbor by steam launches, and others are inspecting the steamers Tainui and Ruapehu. The excursion leaves Christchurch at 5 15 p.m , and should reach Ashburton about 8.3 Jp. m.

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THE RAILWAY EXCDRSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1509, 9 April 1885

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THE RAILWAY EXCDRSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1509, 9 April 1885