A railroad runs
by Bob McEowen
love trains. It doesn’t seem
to matter what size the train — or the age of the kid.
replica GE “Dash 9” diesel shown at right is one of two
miniature locomotives which have thrilled visitors to Moberly’s
Rothwell Park since their maiden runs July 4.
by inmates at the Moberly Correctional Center the train is operated
by volunteers who laid nearly a half-mile of track through the park.
The volunteer group, Friends of the Park, which placed the train in
the park also operates a historic replica of a 1940s-era diesel passenger
in the trains — or in a pair of restored Model T automobiles —
are available for $2 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, weather permitting.
Park offers much more than just fun rides, though. The largest municipal
park in Missouri outside of Kansas City and St. Louis, the facility
covers 450 acres and features walking and fitness trails, tennis courts,
playgrounds, ball fields, ag pavilions, a skateboard park, archery range,
aquatic recreation center and a campground.
park also boasts two fishing lakes. Rothwell Lake was originally built
to provide water for steam locomotives operated by the Wabash Railroad.
Military buffs will enjoy the Omar Bradley monument and a war memorial
located in the park.
more information call (660) 263-6070.