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Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:18 am
by jjjmom
Hello fellow lost fresnans! When I was little my favorite part of Roeding Park was the miniature train that traveled around the park. I remember it being called the Rotary Chief. One day I asked the train engineer if I could sit up front with him but there wasn't room. I found this old photo of the Rotary Chief, looks pretty cool even by today's standards.

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:59 am
by Lost Fresno Guest
Here's another shot of the Roeding Chief crossing the fabled Dinky Creek.

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:31 am
by Lost Fresno
The train below isn't the rideable one but when I was a kid you could climb all over it and even twist the knobs and wheels in the engineer area. It's the Southern Pacific 1238 but now it's all fenced in.

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:35 pm
by Ghost of Al Radka
Didn't the rideable train go through a tunnel?

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:39 pm
by Lost Fresno
Why yes, I think it did. I only rode it once, seems like a million years ago now.

Switching topics here, as owner of Lost Fresno, I want to welcome the Ghost of Al Radka to the forum. If I am not mistaken, you are responsible for writting many of Al Radka's jingles. Am I correct?

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:22 pm
by sjvalleydave
The train still goes through a tunnel on Playland at Roeding Park...

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:36 pm
by iloverabbits
Here is a map of Roeding Park dated 1964. I can see the miniature train tracks at the lower left. Although I grew up in Fresno in the 50s and 60s and went to Roeding a hundred times, I never had the honor of riding that train!

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:20 am
by Lost Fresno
Take a ride on the train! There's no admission fee for playing this video.