• Louisville Zoo Train Derails - End of Zoo Trains

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

Moderators: rob216, Miketherailfan

  by Tadman
 
See this link:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/art ... gD98IA3AO0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A small train carrying visitors to the Louisville Zoo fell off the tracks Monday, sending 22 people to hospitals including one child who was critically injured, officials said... The train of open-air cars is pulled by a small engine and circles the zoo along a two-mile track. It was carrying about 30 passengers when three cars and the engine fell off the rails near the gorilla exhibit. A person briefly trapped was able to be freed, zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger said... Zoo officials planned to reopen as scheduled Tuesday, but the ride will be closed until further notice. Bussabarger said three Kentucky Department of Agriculture ride inspectors are investigating. The cause was not yet known, Bussabarger said. The train ride opened 40 years ago, Bussabarger said in a statement. The one that derailed was bought in 2000, holds 40 to 50 passengers and averages 12 miles per hour, she said.

The Zoo train derailed, sending 22 to the hospital. Could this mean higher insurance premiums and an end to rides at Zoos and parks like Disneyworld and Cedar Point?
  by Tom6921
 
Jeez. It reminds me of the Metro Toronto Zoo which used to have a monorail until 1994 when a train broke down and rolled backwards downhill and collided with another train injuring several people.
  by atsf sp
 
Was this just one of those CP Huntington diesel trains used at tons of amuseument parks and zoos?
  by conrail71
 
There is some raw video shot from a helicopter on Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0KiNKjbAsk
if you watch it they do show the locomotive and cars all on their sides on the outside of a curve... The loco is visible in the clip.
Mike