Roeding Park and the rideable train

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jjjmom
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Roeding Park and the rideable train

Postby jjjmom » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:18 am

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.
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Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Postby Lost Fresno Guest » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:59 am

Here's another shot of the Roeding Chief crossing the fabled Dinky Creek.
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Lost Fresno
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Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Postby Lost Fresno » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:31 am

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.
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Ghost of Al Radka

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Postby Ghost of Al Radka » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:35 pm

Didn't the rideable train go through a tunnel?

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Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Postby Lost Fresno » Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:39 pm

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?

sjvalleydave
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Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Postby sjvalleydave » Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:22 pm

The train still goes through a tunnel on Playland at Roeding Park...

iloverabbits

Re: Roeding Park and the rideable train

Postby iloverabbits » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:36 pm

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!
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