Gage Park mini train back on track

Courtesy: Shawnee Co. Parks & Rec

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Gage Park mini train is back on track.

Shawnee Co. Parks and Rec posted on its Facebook page that, "Thanks to our skilled mechanics, train rides will open at 10:30 a.m. Thursday."

The mini train was taken out of service Saturday, July 6, when staff discovered a crack in its air tank. It was not known how long repairs might take.

In announcing the reopening, Parks and Rec said all rides Thursday will be only $1, to make up for a planned promotion earlier in the week celebrating Parks and Recreation Month.

The train carries around 100,000 passengers every year on a mile-long track around Gage Park, while the engineer takes them through the park's history.

Originally designed to last for 20 years, the train has been running since 1967. In a post announcing the temporary closing, Parks and Rec credited staff for the train's longevity.

"Talented and dedicated mechanics who take personally the task of keeping the train running for the children have continually found innovative solutions including having parts manufactured for the train to keep it in operation," they wrote.