Final stop for landmark Ada train
ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — It was a nostalgic Saturday at Wintersmith Park in Ada as the Kiwanis Club train made its final rounds.
"[It's] the last time we are going to be running our current train," explained Kiwanis Club treasurer Bob Vavrick. "We are retiring it. This train is going away, actually. The track and the whole train operation is going away because we have a new one we hope to be running in the spring."
The attraction has been in Ada since 1958. The original train was retired in the 80s when the current one arrived.
So far, the Kiwanis Club train has raised about half of the funds needed for the new train and its tracks. Members of the club say they are excited to bring a new and improved version to Ada.
"Our club members are going to get in the train and make one last round, and then go around here and pick up a piece of track signifying this train is done," Vavrick said. "We are getting ready to tear it up and get ready for the new one."
The upgrade project has been in the works for several years.
"About three years ago, we had a very heavy rain in August, and it washed out about 450 feet of our roadbed and caused damage," said club member Don Mauch. "That's where all this started."
The club hopes to have the new tracks ready and the new train rolling by spring of 2022.