Passport To Clear Lake: Trolley Park

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.