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Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Kiddie Train

From the mid to late 30s, until it was sold in 1948, the Kiddie Train ran next to the Cyclone in the southern end of the upper midway section of Rock Springs Park. The ground upon which the 35’x85’ track was laid had been the splash lagoon section of the Shoot-the-Chutes Ride during the C.A. Smith years. Later, under the ownership of C.C. Macdonald, the cement pool was drained and converted into a go-cart track (See Images of America: Rock Springs Park p. 59). The Chutes pool was subsequently filled in during the Hand Years and was the location of several rides including the Caterpillar, the Aerial Joy Ride, and the Kiddie Train. In the January 24, 1948 edition of Billboard Magazine, the train and 2 cars were advertised for the unbelievable sale price of just $700. (Seen pictured from left to right are Jim Wilson and Dickie Hand; photograph courtesy of Sherry Emery)

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