Chișinău residents take train ride to celebrate city's anniversary
Chișinău residents and guests had the opportunity to take a train ride around the city on Saturday and Sunday in celebration of the city's anniversary. The special route, which ran from Chișinău Railway Station to Visterniceni and back, was a popular attraction, with tickets selling out quickly.
The train, a single-car vehicle with 30 seats, was packed with passengers on both days. Children were particularly excited about the experience, as many of them were taking their first train ride.
"I'm going on a train for the first time," said one child. "I'm really excited to see what they'll show us."
"I love this trip," said another child. "It's my first time on a train."
Parents also enjoyed the ride, saying it was a unique way to see the city from a different perspective.
"Some of our children are taking a train for the first time, so it was an opportunity to show them," said one parent. "I think they'll enjoy the atmosphere of the train and the experience of the ride itself."
"I'm expecting it to be interesting and beautiful, to see the Moldovan countryside from the train window," said another parent.
"The children will see what it's like to travel by train, and we'll see the city from a different perspective because we'll be taking some paths that we don't normally take," said a third parent.
The ride lasted 15 minutes. Initially, four trips were planned per day, but the high demand prompted CFM, the national railway company, to add more.
"A lot of children and a lot of people want to go on the train, maybe someone has never seen a train," said Natalia Domnișor, an employee of CFM. "They said there were more people yesterday, and there are still a lot today, but we're doing everything we can to fulfil the children's wishes."
Tickets for the ride cost 100 lei for adults and 50 lei for children ages 5 to 18.
Translation by Iurie Tataru