Bowness Park’s beloved miniature train is finally up and running again in Calgary, after being badly damaged in the flood of 2013.
The 1950s train operated in the park for almost 60 years before it was put in storage, but has now been lovingly restored by a group of local experts.
According to a City of Calgary release, hundreds of train parts had to be made as they simply aren’t manufactured any more.
The restoration group also had to install a new diesel engine, and sandblast and re-paint the body, as well as laying one kilometre of new tracks.
“I had so much fun riding the train as a kid – and just as much fun again today as an adult,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who was given the train keys at the launch on Thursday.
“The mini train is an integral part of Bowness Park’s rich history and the restoration of it celebrates that history. This park will remain a special place for all Calgarians and the mini train is a large part of that.”