Ore. Zoo train service halted for construction

A steam engine runs on the Washington Park and Zoo Railway in the Oregon Zoo. Undated photo. Train service is shutting down after Sept. 22, 2013, in order to begin construction on a new rail route. (Oregon Zoo)
A steam engine runs on the Washington Park and Zoo Railway in the Oregon Zoo. Undated photo. Train service is shutting down after Sept. 22, 2013, in order to begin construction on a new rail route. (Oregon Zoo)

(KOIN) – The Oregon Zoo is shuttering its train service for about one year to lay down track on a new route.

The Washington Park and Zoo Railway will make its final runs on Sept. 22. The Oregon Zoo reported that the construction is expected to run through the summer of 2014. The new track will be complete in time for next year’s ZooLights, the popular annual winter lights display.

The train is being rerouted to allow for the addition of two new habitats currently under construction, the Condors of the Columba and Elephant Lands.

“Rerouting the train was necessary to provide space for the new service road and the significantly larger elephant habitat,” said Heidi Rahn, director of the Better Zoo Program, in a statement. “But it was challenging because of the zoo property’s many constraints.”

The 30-inch gauge railway was built in 1958.

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