The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has a new train coming this fall. The community mainstay is currently working to make updates and improvements to the tracks and crossings, and is working with state and other independent inspectors for approvals on the attraction.
“The upcoming launch of our new train is one of the biggest announcements I have the honor of making this year,” said Richard E. Glover Jr., the zoo’s CEO. “Our train was always a favorite for kids and adults alike, and we’re excited to bring a new train for the community to enjoy.”
The streamliner carries guests on a loop around the zoo’s property, through some natural Florida landscapes, across realistic railroad crossings and into the train depot near the zoo’s entrance.
The train, called The Champion, was built last year and is a one-quarter scale model of its namesake, an Atlantic Coast Line Railroad streamliner that started providing daily service from New York to Miami in 1939.
Glover said the Central Florida Zoo is able to offer the new train attraction to the public thanks to support from several outstanding sponsors, including Wharton-Smith Inc. and VyStar Credit Union.
“We could not be more thankful for their support,” Glover said. “We couldn’t have made this happen without them.”
More details about the train, including an opening date, pricing and ticketing information, will be available soon. For more information about the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, visit www.centralfloridazoo.org.
— Compiled by Interim Business Editor Noah Hertz