Loveland’s Buckhorn Northern Railroad gets back on track for summer – Loveland Reporter-Herald
Last year, the Buckhorn Northern Railroad at North Lake Park didn’t go through a full season, but it will start its engine on Friday in hopes of having a better year.
The Loveland Lions Club aims to run the train six days a week during Labor Day, “except for pandemics, hurricanes and train derailments,” club spokesman Denny Soucek said.
So far, no hurricane has stopped the train from going out of the way, but last year the Buckhorn Northern opened several weeks late due to coronavirus concerns, then had to shut down for repairs twice. in July after track problems derailed it.
In mid-August, city maintenance crews noticed metal fatigue on a structural component of the train’s drive system and irregularities in some areas of the track, and shut it down for the season. so that work can be done to replace the rails, sleepers and the track bed.
An engine problem also led to a premature end of the train season in 2019.
But the difficulties also brought good changes.
This year the train will be equipped with a disabled-accessible car that can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. Last year made the debut of a new tunnel, and the tracks and engine were renovated.
The train has been a family favorite since it opened in 1977, carrying passengers on a quarter-mile loop through the park. The city has owned the train since 1988 and the Lions Club operates it.
Said to be a replica of the steam train that carried clay from Devil’s Ridge to Wild’s Brick Yard west of Loveland, the train runs 1,588 feet of track.
Hours of operation will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday to Sunday, and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday when the Lions Club is meeting at noon. The train will also run on Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays, but is otherwise closed on Mondays.
Rides cost $ 1 and all ages are welcome.
The Loveland Lions Club uses the proceeds for its community service projects, including eye exams for young children and those in need.