State inspects Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo train after minor derailment

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — State ride inspectors asked the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to recalibrate its miniature train’s wheels on Thursday.

This comes a day after the train derailed with guests onboard. The state inspectors then examined every part of the train.

Zoo spokesperson Bonnie Kemp said all of the riders immediately said they were OK, and all either walked or were moved back to the train station by zoo staff. One guest asked for medical attention later, and an ambulance was called out, Kemp said.

It’s not clear how many riders were on the train at the time. The zoo did not say what caused the train to derail.

“The Z.O.O Railroad will not be reopening [Thursday.]  The state ride inspectors have asked us to regauge the track, take the wheels off the car that derailed, check them, reinstall and they will reinspect and before giving us the approval to open the train.  Until this can be accomplished the Z.O.O. Railroad will not be operating,” said Kemp.

Once the zoo is given the “okay,” the train will re-open to the public.

The Z.O.&O. train pulls passenger cars through the zoo’s Indiana Family Farm and by Shoaff Lake. The train is a scaled replica of an original 1863 C. P. Huntington locomotive, according to the zoo’s website.

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