Engineering society signs new lease for Iron Horse Park
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:38 pm
IT ONLY TAKES 15 MINUTES TO MAKE THE JOURNEY FROM CALGARY, THROUGH THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, TO VANCOUVER AND BACK AGAIN WHEN VISITORS RIDE THE RAILS AT IRON HORSE PARK IN AIRDRIE.
The miniature trains, which have been operating in Airdrie for 14 years, will open for summer season on May 19.
The park, which includes a newly renovated clubhouse, had a new lease signed on May 8 to continue development and operation until 2027.
Mayor Peter Brown, who was on site during the signing, said he was happy to see the park continue to conduct business.
“Airdrie is one of the best places to live, work and play, because of places like this,” Brown said.
Iron Horse Park, which is operated by the Alberta Model Engineering Society, has a 1.6-kilometre track, which runs through bridges, tunnels and landscape representative of the train ride from Calgary to Vancouver.
Society President Alan Piles was thrilled to see a new lease put in place.
“We’re very, very excited,” Piles said.
“We’re very proud to be part of the city of Airdrie.”
The park also features picnic tables and a full-scale replica of a CPR station.
The society intends to continue development, adding replicas of farms, stores and industrial locations typical to pioneer days, said Piles.
The park will open on May 19, and remain open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays until October. Piles said Iron Horse Park is a destination for all ages.
“They love trains - big kids, little kids. The youngest rider we’ve had was a week old,” Piles said. “So it’s a train ride for any age. Just come and enjoy yourself.” For more information, visit www.ironhorsepark.net