Two New Trains Coming to Louisville Zoo

February 4, 2013

Kentucky’s Louisville Zoo is planning to offer rides on two new trains as soon as staff members are fully trained on how to operate the vehicles.

The move comes more than three years after a train derailed at the facility, injuring 17 children and five adults. State investigators found contributing factors to the accident included that the train was traveling too fast, that it was in bad mechanical condition and the operator wasn’t properly trained.

Zoo director John Walczak told The Courier-Journal that an announcement on when the trains would begin running would come later.

The zoo has spent more than $1 million to restart train rides at the facility. That includes the cost of the trains and improvements to the tracks.

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