Kiddie Train powered with new "locomotion"
The DeQuincy Railroad Museum's Kiddie Train is getting a new engine. The Kiddie Train which is used for special events and may be rented for special occasions has been around for about 20 years. It belongs to the DeQuincy Railroad Museum and is a star attraction each year at the Louisiana Railroad Days Festival. Over the years thousands of kids have been thrilled to take a train ride around the museum grounds.
The present engine which is about 15 years old has seen better days and while "the little engine that could" has been "huffing and puffing" and doing its best, it was definitely time for some new horsepower.
The new "locomotion" is a Sears Craftsman Pro Series GT (Garden Tractor) with 26 HP. It was purchased for $3000 using grant funds equally from the Union Pacific Foundation and the Kansas City Southern Charitable Fund.
Kenny Hester, a retired KCS employee, is the official train engineer and has taken care of the train for many years. Museum Board President Gary W. Cooper said that "Kenny and City of DeQuincy officials and employees had done an outstanding job of maintaining the train and that he and other board members were appreciative for all of the time and work to take care of the popular attraction.
The train may be reserved and rented for special occasions such as birthday parties by calling the museum office at 786-2823.