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Railroad Society opens kids train

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Ribbon cutting ceremony opens the new kids train at Truckee River Regional Park. From left: Bob Bell, Peter Werbel, Steve Randall and Jim Hood.
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The Truckee Donner Railroad Society, in partnership with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, unveiled its new kids riding train in Regional Park on Sunday, Sept. 14 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by the first official train rides.

The train tracks, which loop around the park’s playground, involved 700 volunteer hours, $12,000 cash donations, $8,000 in-kind donations, and approximately 9,000 screws to construct.

The members of the TDRS have applied for a grant from Union Pacific to create a train learning system for kids. Children will be educated on the meaning of horn signals and crossing arms. Additional plans include a “Phase II” expansion of the track, the construction of a historically-accurate snow shed, and opportunities for historical railroad education.

The next public train rides will take place (with a $2 suggested donation) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 28, Oct. 11 and 25.

To contribute to the Truckee Donner Railroad Society or to become a member, visit truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com.