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Fans fight to save iconic miniature train at Arkansas park; state agency opted not to renew contract

By Jeannie Roberts

This article was originally published May 26, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated May 29, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Undated handout photo of one of the Rich Mountain scenic trains at Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena, Arkansas.

For the first time in nearly 60 years, the miniature train that once carried tourists around Queen Wilhelmina State Park won't make its seasonal debut this weekend, and its fans are upset.

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tngilmer says... May 26, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

Typical bureaucrat. He does not care what the people want.

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Nodmcm says... May 26, 2018 at 11:40 a.m.

The magic of being a little kid and seeing that miniature train, on the top of that magnificent mountain in west Arkansas, for the first time is unforgettable. Perhaps one of the few grand highlights of being a kid in Arkansas was riding that train. Why can't the state buy the owner out, contact Chinese manufacturers and see if they have similar, modern equipment, and keep that train running? We fight over the religious tombstone at the capitol, spending a fortune, and little kids eyes don't light up when they see that piece of granite. Bro. Rapert, where are you when we really need you? I figure whoever can upgrade that train and keep it running just might ought to be our next governor.

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jb8972005 says... May 26, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

My husband & I rode the train on our Anniversary trip. It was very interesting & a lot of fun seeing nature at his best. Please keep the train going!

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Plato99 says... May 26, 2018 at 9:31 p.m.

Mr. Spann says the Parks Department has to "make sure that we are connecting to the next generation. That's what it's all about. We're in the forever business." The next generation is important, but so is the generation we're living in. Mr. Spann has got marketing speech down pretty well, but he inadvertainly reveals that his employer doesn't really give a darn about the public.

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BEARTRAP919 says... May 26, 2018 at 9:58 p.m.

You will notice when we have a good, great, unusual thing going, there is some Axs Wipe that wants to fix it for the Future, And the Future does not include anything worth a tinkers damn from the here and now. Keep the Train, Only fools throw unique things like this out. Hopefully the Governor will make a Stand for the Train, otherwise it is probably all over and done with

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wolfman says... May 26, 2018 at 10:32 p.m.

Do you thing people in little rock give a crap what people want? nope. they are going to do what they want despite what should be done.

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merlin749 says... May 27, 2018 at 12:37 a.m.

Note that none of the state park brochures or the website say anything, or show a picture, of the train. The state elites don't think it's significant, like the people do who actually go to the park. In my opinion it needs to be kept in service. I never knew about it until I saw this article. North Little Rock Burns Park amusement park used to have one too, I don't even know if it's still there.

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cputzi says... May 29, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

For once do the right thing and keep the train.

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OldGuard says... May 29, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

State employees prove once again why they are not paid well.

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Bcalde says... May 29, 2018 at 12:38 p.m.

I really think one sign explaining the facts about the connection to Queen Wilhelmina is all that is necessary. Did she ever visit the mountain? NO Do thousands visit and ride the train every year? YES #savethetrain

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