The Little Prince is returning to Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Thursday. It’s been locked up since the wildfire crisis because of fears around the possibility that sparks from the train could ignite the dry grass in park. The 105 year old year old train is powered by a wood fired steam engine.
The train is operated by The Exploration Place. C.E.O. Tracy Calogheros says the decision to shut down the train was made on their own, out of caution. “The public loves the Little Prince and my engineers are extremely fire conscious,” added Calogheros, “if the conditions change or worsen we will suspend operations again.”
Weather permitting, the train will resume it’s Thursday through Monday noon to 8:00pm operating schedule this week.
Meantime admission into The Exploration Place has been free to evacuees since the emergency began and will continue to be free until the evacuation orders are lifted. Others will be expected to pay the regular fees which range from $1.00 for children under 2 to $3.50 for adults.