Idlewild Train Set to Run Again Wednesday


UPDATE, 4/8/14:
The train at Idlewild Park will be back on the track starting Wednesday, April 9 after being temporarily out of service.

The train will run daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting, through Sunday, April 13. From there, it will run on a weekend-only schedule through Memorial Day weekend.

From May 27 through September 1, the train will operate Tuesday through Friday and on state holidays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weekend hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The cost to ride remains $2 per person. Children age 2 and younger can ride for free on the lap of a parent or guardian. Tickets may be purchased on site (cash only).

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RENO, NV - It's Spring Break in the region and with the weather's cooperation, moms and dads and their kids are out at Idlewild Park.

Emily Cochran is only a short-time resident, but she says this is a favorite spot.

“I love it, there is so much to do. My daughter really likes it. We like walking around the lake and the playground; it just feels safe, and it is enclosed and I don't have to follow her around,” says Cochran.

While there is plenty to do in the park, those who have lived here for awhile notice something is missing.

The kiddie train is not running.

Since 1959 the train has run in this park, circling lakes, giving riders an up-close and personal look at wildlife and trees.

The park used to have an entire amusement section to it; the train is the remaining attraction.

But for now that attraction sits an enclosed tunnel--idle-- waiting for some repairs.

“We got it all ready to go opened it up and realized the wheel alignment was just a little bit off. Safety is our number one priority. So we have it in a shop to be repaired. We are hoping to have it up and running by middle to later in the week,” says Christine Fey with the city of Reno.

If all goes as planned, kids and their parents will be able to ride the train before the end of spring break.

A real treat especially for parents like Emily who have never experienced the rush.

There is a $2 fee to ride the train.

All proceeds go to the kiddie locomotive's upkeep and maintenance.


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