JAMES CITY COUNTY — The trackless Kiwanis Kids Train will be offering free, family-friendly rides in county parks this fall.
The train is a partnership between James City County Parks & Recreation and three local branches of the Kiwanis Club — Kiwanis Club of Colonial Capital Williamsburg, the Kiwanis Club of Toano and the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg.
According to a press release from the county, the Kiwanis Clubs applied for and received grants totaling $25,000 to fund the community project. As part of the agreement, the county stores, maintains and transports the train to designated county and Kiwanis special events.
The locomotive features four cars — an engine, coal car and two passenger cars — as well as door locks, seat belts, lighting, a PA system and a smoke system. Each car carries a maximum of six children or four adults, or a combination of, and has a 550-pound capacity. The caboose is wheelchair accessible with a weight limit of 200 pounds. The train does not operate during inclement weather conditions.
Schedule of appearances:
- Saturday, Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. at Upper County Park
180 Leisure Road in Toano
- Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. – noon
Abram Frink Jr. Community Center, 8901 Pocahontas Trail (held during the Disability Awareness Trick or Treat event)
- Saturday, Nov. 12, 2-4 p.m.
Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road
For more information, call 757-259-5360 or visit online.