Little Prince Needs a New Castle
Prince George, B.C. – The Little Prince , the 24″ gauge steam train that operates at Fort George Park is in need of a new home, and some major repairs.
Tonight, Mayor and Council will be asked to add the needed repairs to the Capital list, as the existing shed that houses the train needs urgent repairs. It leaks, has no fire exits, the lighting is inadequate and there is a need for more storage and a workspace.
The train itself, now 105 years old, needs major repairs to adhere to Canadian Railway Operations Standards. Problem is, since the train is so old, all the parts have to be custom made, and the presentation to Council indicates providing funding and making the repairs without upgrading the shed where the train is stored is “throwing good money after bad”.
More than 25 thousand people ride the train each year, it has become a popular tourist attraction.