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The completion of Zilker Parks new train is now under way after a two-year hiatus. The train was originally set to open in August but has now been extended to later in the fall. A train in Zilker Park has been a vital part of Austin’s past and this train will surely become part of Austin’s future as all of the new train’s proceeds will benefit the park.
The Austin’s beloved Zilker Zephyr went out of commission in 2019. The new model is set to look like a 1940’s passenger train and will be electric powered. Austin Parks Foundation is heading some of the updates for the new train, including making sure that it will be accessible to everyone in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This will be the third train to grace Zilker since 1961. The original train was called Zilker Eagle, followed by the Zilker Zephyr.
While it will be hard to top a name like Zilker Zephyr, 750 names ideas were submitted by people all around Austin. The winning name will be revealed just in time for the train’s 60th anniversary on April 23 so stay turned!