A different sort of adventure in Fiji – a journey on a Coral Coast Railway Company’s passenger train, the only passenger train service on the island and that runs from the company’s station at Cuva to the town Sigatoka. The journey ends here as the rail and footbridge across the Sigatoka River was washed away in the last major cyclone to hit the island. The train runs on the narrow gauge system which continues to be utilised in other parts of the island for the transportation of harvested sugar cane. The steam train the Puffing Boto was not serviceable on our visit, therefore we boarded the No. 8 Diesel train and spent quite a while getting to Sigatoka. The lush undergrowth had crept onto the tracks and occasionally had to be removed and as the weather had been a tad inclement during the night and morning, the engineer was required to fill his bucket with sand and dirt to help traction at inclines – a different experience. We journeyed through quite a few local villages and some children approached the train to grab sweets thrown at them by the passengers. These had been purchased at the station before departure from Mr Coconut for $2FJD a bag – a profitable enterprise! There is a scheduled stop at Jueantwo kindergarten where young children sing various rhymes to their audience and you also receive some juice and biscuits. In Sigatoka you can take the opportunity to shop for souvenirs and fruit from the market. In addition to the basic train ride, you could have an extended version where you are bussed to a village for a kava ceremony with a village chief
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