Todd's Railfan Guide to Miniature Trains

In General


In General

This page covers the numerous PARK TRAINS around the U.S., of which there have been "oodles", both past and present.  If we make an attempt to include all of the park trains of yesteryear, this page may never be complete!  For instance, in my home town of Baltimore, the Baltimore Zoo used to have a stainless steel train, patterned after the GM Aerotrain of the early 60's.  That was sold to a fellow out in Sykesville MD around 1990 or so, and the train (when I stopped by around 2009), was still in his barn.  And before that, there was Gwynn Oak Park, which closed in the mid 70's - that train was sold to the Luskin family, and at last report, the train was somewhere south of Baltimore in a storage location where the roof was caving in and the train was going to sh..... This came from the fellow that used to own PURKEY's train store in Sykesville, and had seen the train in the early 2000's.  If you have any "inside" information such as this, please check out my contact page here.

Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest:
None Yet.......

Baltimore MD - Baltimore Zoo


Louisville KY - Louisville Zoo

St Lois MO - St Louis Zoo

Traverse City MI - Traverse Steam Train

As of 2007 or so, the Traverse Zoo Train no longer had a zoo to run around, as PETA had a hand in shutting the zoo down.  The train stopped running after the 2011 season.  Then, in 2012, the Northwest Michigan Engine & Thresher Club obtained the engine, moved it to their place one mile west of Buckley MI.

More info can be found at:
     The September/October issue of Live Steam & Outdoor Railroading Magazine, page 5
    and https://railfanguides.us/mi/traverse/index.htm



Portland OR - Portland Zoo


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given!  Please be NICE!!!  Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


NEW 01/11/2018
Last Modified 12-Jan-2018