A classic park train.
Photo by Bill Norton
|Park Trains are an interesting branch of railroading. They
come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from the small trains that only a child will fit in
to the 3 foot gauge lines you'll find at some large amusement parks. Some are scale
replicas of full size trains, others are unique creations that don't resemble anything
ever built by Baldwin or Lima.
While often overlooked by railfans, Park Trains can
sometimes provide a fascinating glimpse of steam in revenue service. Look beyond the shiny
paint and gaudy surroundings and you'll see a real steam locomotive working hard to
provide transporation, just like they used to do. Some of the larger systems such as
Disneyland and Cedar Point haul hundreds or even thousands of passengers every day.
Even if they don't recreate railroading's past, they often provide a fun way to spend
some time, just as the designers intended. They also give a good look at steam in every
Park Train Resources
There are a lot of park train fans out there. Here's a couple of resources to help you
get in touch with some of them:
Link Directory - Large list of links to park train railroads, websites and suppliers.
The Park Trains
website by Matt Conrad, detailed information on Park Trains and lots of photos.
- Grand Scales Quarterly - Magazine devoted to large scale miniature
railways and park trains. Grand Scales Quarterly, P.O. Box 8953, Red Bluff, CA 96080 Greg Robinson publisher (530) 527-0141
Park Trains Photo Gallery
RailroadPix.com features a collection of park train photos.