Although with a shaky and questionable start, the 2012 Easter Bunny train turned out to be a great success. This year’s trains ran out of Wayne-Route 23 on Saturday, March 31 and Glen Rock-Boro Hall on Sunday, April 1 with three trips each day at 9:30, 12 noon, and 2:30. This year’s Glen Rock trip differed from years prior in that the all three trains ran east to Secaucus Junction Station and back which came with a positive response from riders viewing the Jersey Meadows and the New York City skyline. The only hitch on any of the six trains was a communication breakdown between NJT and the VRA on the scheduling of the 9:30 train. This issue has already been resolved for future trips, should we decide to run east again.
This year’s committee consisted of Carolyn Hoffman and myself as cochairpersons, along with Betsy Newbury as crew caller and Andrea Rebner as character coordinator. Steve Gerritsen, Ally Smith, KC Smith, Charles Smith, Jennifer Ball, Frank Ball, Andrew Murphy and Kevin Phalon assisted in various tasks and a huge thanks goes out to them as well. Also very big thanks to Justin Kerstner for his tireless efforts in being at the station every night and weekend to answer the phone calls and emails of our passengers, and dealing with customer service during the day of the train as well.
Planning for the Santa train will begin in September. As usual the more hands, the better! Thanks again to everyone who made this train a success!