Posted at: 07/18/2011 9:06 AM
(ABC 6 NEWS) - Each day this week we will feature a fun family activity in Clear Lake. Today we take you to Trolley Park.
If you know a train enthusiast, this is the place to go.
Iowa Trolley Park allows visitors to see and explore pieces of railroad history.
Visitors are taught how to drive a diesel engine and even a hand car. Kids are also taught about the signals that trains make and what they mean.
The park also includes a museum. That is where you will find photos of vintage trolley cars that used to run in Mason City. The trolley cars came to a final stop on the streets of Mason City in 1930.
Also in the museum, you will find a steam engine that is being built from scratch. Volunteers are using a copy of authentic blueprints from the 19th century.
The park is open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day - Labor Day from 10am-4pm.
Cost is $4 to try a hand car or $6 for speeder rides.
The Iowa Trolley Park is operated by the Mason City and Clear Lake Electric Railroad Historical Society, a non-profit organization.