Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific Railroad, Wildwood

Near the intersection of Hwy 109 and Old State Road in Wildwood (formerly Glencoe)



The Wabash, Frisco and Pacific Railroad is a 12 inch gauge live Steam Railroad. The Railroad is open every Sunday, May through October rain or shine. Trains start their scheduled departures from the station around 11:00 a.m. (the day we visited, the first train left at 10:50), and trains departing about every 20 minutes. The final train leaves at 4:15 p.m. The ride is a two mile round trip lasting about 30 minutes and travels along the scenic Meramec River. A $4.00 donation is asked per person (children 3 and under are free). The WF&P is run entirely by volunteers The ride is very scenic, with views of the Meramec river and bluffs, and winds through the woods. The day we visited, our engine could not make it up a slight hill on the track and had to be pushed by another train. This resulted in approximately a 20-30 minute delay on the tracks. Since it was one of the first nice fall days, it was not bad sitting in the woods with a breeze, and other frequent visitors assured me that this was highly unusual. The volunteers running the train were very professional in getting us up and going again on the track and keeping us updated as to what was going on. The train seats are not especially comfortable for an adult, but since the ride is only 30 minutes it isn't too bad. The WF&P is located walking distance from Glencoe Park in Wildwood.

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