This page covers the numerous Park and Zoo 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 - I hope it is still with us.
And before that, there was Gwynn Oak Park, which closed in the
mid 70's - that train was sold to the Luskin family (Luskin's - now The Big
Screen Store), 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. In a 2022 update, the train has been "saved" and
moved to another location, but it is going to require A LOT of "fixin".
If you have any "inside" information such as
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The Zephyr’s 10-minute ride will leave the train station near the Zoo’s Farmyard
and move on the one-mile track behind the African Journey returning to the station
through a beautiful section of the Jones Falls Watershed. The locomotive is a
detailed scale replica of the original CP Huntington Train built in 1863 and
was manufactured by Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc., Wichita KS. The train is
open daily from 10am-4pm year round, weather permitting. Rides are $5 per
rider ($4 for Zoo Members) – in order to receive member pricing you need to
present your membership card. The train is wheelchair accessible but cannot
accommodate strollers or motorized scooters. (from the Baltimore Zoo's
The Zooliner is a 5/8-scale replica of the diesel-powered Aerotrain, which is famous for
its unusual shape that was influenced by automobile designs of the period when it was built,
considered futuristic at the time. The Zooliner was built in 1958, its mechanical parts by
Northwest Marine Iron Works and its streamlined bodywork by the H. Hirschberger Sheet Metal
company of Portland. It first carried passengers in June 1958. The Zooliner is powered by a
165 horsepower (123 kW) diesel engine with hydraulic transmission, which is WP&ZRy locomotive
No. 2. The brakes are pneumatic, the same as on its full-size namesake. The train includes
four or five streamlined passenger coaches pulled by matching locomotive No. 2. The
rearmost car was rebuilt in late 2005 to resemble a dome car, in connection with
installation of a larger and more powerful wheelchair lift. Track
gauge is 30 inches, 2'-6".
Steve Morgan via Wikipedia
4-4-0 No. 1 Oregon is a 5/8-scale replica of a classic American 4-4-0 steam
locomotive of the 19th century. It was built in 1959 by the Oregon
Locomotive Works. It is a scale copy of the 4-4-0 locomotive, Reno, of
Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad (built by Baldwin Locomotive in 1872).
Unlike the original, No. 1 Oregon uses oil as a power source, but it is
still a real steam locomotive (not a diesel that is made to look like a
steam locomotive). It weighs about 8 tons. It first carried passengers on
June 20, 1959, on the temporary Centennial Exposition line in North
Portland, but was moved to the then-new Portland Zoo site around the end of
the summer, when the exposition ended.
Steve Morgan via Wikipedia
Washington Park & Zoo Railway locomotive No. 5, the Oregon Express, entering
the zoo grounds from the woods of Washington Park. The train now known as the
Oregon Express is the only one that is not a copy of a real train. It is a diesel
locomotive, WP&ZRy No. 5. It was built in 1959 by Northwest Marine Iron Works/H.
Hirschberger and originally was made to look like a steam train. It was later
rebuilt to a relatively more modern style, with a slanted front end. The color
scheme and decorative motif of the train have been changed a few times, as has
the train's name, which has gone from the Circus Train to the Orient Express
to the Oregon Express.
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.
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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.
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and/or other stuff.
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