Saphire Devain, 3, of Goolmangar and Trae Wilkinson, 4, of South Lismore enjoy the ride with train driver Brian Grey who has been at the park for 16 years.
Saphire Devain, 3, of Goolmangar and Trae Wilkinson, 4, of South Lismore enjoy the ride with train driver Brian Grey who has been at the park for 16 years. Jacklyn Wagner

Kids go loco over ride

HERITAGE Park Railway in Lismore is an iconic attraction which has stood the test of time.

From 1995, when locomotives first began chugging around the park, it has been popular with kids.

Many local children who used to ride the miniature trains have grown up and have their own young ones.

"Some are now starting to have their own kids and bring them on the trains because we've been here so long," Heritage Park Railway owner Brian Grey said.

Being as popular as ever and a second-generation phenomenon, Heritage Park Railway has become an important part of Lismore's cultural landscape, he said.

"A lot of people say it's like an institution. They think it's a part of Lismore and the park wouldn't be the same without it."

According to Mr Grey, kids from all walks of life are fascinated by trains.

"Just about every kid will tell you at some stage that they like a train," he said. "It's probably because the trains move and they can ride them and because the trains make noise.

"When you're actually driving around, a lot of kids are just happy to wave to the train as it goes past."

Tickets were $1 when Heritage Park Railway started operating and are now $2.

"The reason we keep the price so low is so everyone can afford it," Mr Grey said.

"When we started up, that's what we aimed to do and that's what we still want to do.

"We've got no plan to put the ticket price up."

Several locomotives at Heritage Park Railway have retired and been replaced over the years but one of the original two, Katie, still carries kids around the park.

Mr Grey said he will continue operating the railway as long as people keep using it.

Heritage Park Railway is open every day during school holidays 10am-2pm on weekdays and 10am-4pm on weekends.



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