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Year after launch, Truckee River Railroad offers family fun for all ages

Marilyn Disbrow
Special to the Sun
The Wallace Family takes a fun-filled ride on the Truckee River Railroad kids train in August.
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The Truckee River Railroad is available for private and community events as requested.

Check out the Truckee Donner Railroad Society on Facebook, or visit truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com for schedules and additional information.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — “All aboard the Truckee River Railroad … yay!”

This is the sound that has resonated through the Truckee River Regional Park this summer.

With more than 3,000 riders, the Truckee Donner Railroad Society’s launch of a riding train in Regional Park has been met with outstanding success.

When arriving at the park, the Truckee River Railroad crew greets you with smile. The stationmaster is there to sign you in, the sngineer and conductor go over the “Rules of the Road” — and, sometimes there is even an old miner walking around panning for gold.

Train Track Circles Playground behind the baseball fields at Regional Park off Estates Drive at Brockway Road has never been so busy.

The six-minute ride covers 800 feet of track three times with lots of waving and smiles.

All rides are free and you can even ride more than once – up to 10 times as a matter of fact!

Donations are encouraged to fund the track expansion behind the baseball fields next year.

In addition, work on creating a static train display for kids’ imagination play is now under way at the park, and new scale-model historical structures such as snow sheds, depots, and other railroad-related structures are planned in the expansion phase of this project starting this month.

Thanks to grants received from the Union Pacific Corporation, Lahontan Community Foundation, and the Tahoe Mountain Resort Association, an order for arm crossing gates and a formal railroad safety education program is under way for 2016.

As real trains roll though town, it is essential that kids of all ages understand safety rules.

The Truckee Donner Railroad Society is an all-volunteer organization of train enthusiasts. The contribution they have made in time and talent to construct, maintain and operate The Truckee River Railroad will go a long way in keeping alive the spirit of “riding the rails” — and those smiles just keep on coming.

Marilyn Disbrow is a member of the Truckee Donner Railroad Society, which opened the Truckee River Railroad, in partnership with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, in September 2014.