DZG’s land train has transported thousands of families across the site during the past 23 years, and this week passed its annual inspection with flying colours.
Chief Executive, Peter Suddock, said the 2.5 litre diesel Dotto locomotive is as popular now as back in 1988 when it made its first zoo trip.
He said: “It’s unusual for this type of vehicle to be in use on such a hilly site, you usually see them at the seaside, but Dotto has done us proud and is as popular as ever.
“The annual inspection is equivalent to a regular MOT. Dotto has to cope with steep hills and bends ?it’s a difficult course so it’s important it’s running efficiently.”
He added:?”It’s a godsend to mums with tired youngsters and various buggies and belongings to carry as it means they can get up and down the Castle Hill in a matter of minutes.”
The vehicle runs constantly throughout the zoo’s main season and Christmas, plus additional events.
Of Italian manufacture, the train has two carriages which can carry up to 40 children and 30 adults.
CAPTION: Maintenance worker Malcolm Clements gives Dotto the all clear during its annual inspection.