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October 27, 2017 4:58 pm

Little Prince Needs a New Castle

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

The Little Prince steam engine emerging from its storage shed. Photo 250News

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.




In the mid 90s to the early 2000s my grandparents ran the train with Walker and at that time that train shed was so inadequate I don’t know how anything could be done in there. The lighting is awful! Just a dark, dreary tunnel which should have been replaced back then. Still a great little train to see going around the park so I hope it’ll get a new home.

The city should get on this. Maybe build a building that is reminiscent of the steam era.

Kill it like the rolling dome.

I definitely go along with killing the Roll a Dome, but if the train does make some kind of a profit spruce the area up a little. Use the funds and can the extra 30 people that were hired on by the city! :-)

    If it does make some kind of profit, then that profit would be available to build the shed and repairs. Fact they are going to council means it probably costs more to run the train than comes in from ticket sales.

    So, if 25,000 people do ride it a year, council has to decide how much they want to subsidize these people.

    And I’m not saying they shouldn’t. Lots of groups get subsidized in this town. The Symphony comes to mind and it’s main customers are generally middle upper class whereas this train appeals more to a different demographic.

I have no problem with the train,
I know it n some small way at least brings in tourist.
but it needs to start paying for itself.

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