We have public run days on the 3rd Saturday of the month, March through November. Please check our schedule here for the times.
We do not charge to ride the trains.
You may ride as many times as you care to. Please get a new ticket each time you ride.
Many parties are going on at the park during run day. There is a gazebo, several picnic tables and grills on a first-come, first-served basis. Some people, anticipating that they will not get those spaces, plan on setting up an area for their party, bringing canopies, tables, chairs, cakes, coolers, balloons, etc. And as always, everyone can ride as often as they wish as long as the children are accompanied by an adult. We ask that you plan to conclude your party at or before the time of the closing of the scheduled run day so that the volunteers can lock up on time.
No, the gazebo is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis during public run days. We ask that you plan to conclude your party at or before the time of the closing of the scheduled run day so that the volunteers can lock up on time.
You are welcome to have your birthday parties during our regularly scheduled run days. We do not allow parties at any other time.
We are an all-volunteer organization and most of us have full-time jobs. We do not have the available manpower to host run days at other times.
If we have available members who can conduct a tour for your group, we are happy to give you a guided tour of our facilities. Check with someone at the welcome table when you arrive to see if one can be scheduled during the run day.
Maintaining a railroad, even a small-scale one, requires a lot of work on our part. We are a volunteer organization so most of the time when we are at the track, we are busy working and do not have the personnel available to provide rides for visitors. We do invite you to attend our regularly scheduled run days.
Our restrooms are handicapped equipped and we do have a specially designed car to accommodate a standard-width wheelchair. We will do our best to provide a ride for you during our run day.
We offer cold bottled water and soft drinks for $1.00. HALS also maintains an exciting array of t-shirt designs with club engines on them. In addition to the t-shirts, we have the ever-popular engineer caps for sale.
Yes, call 281-758-8012 on Public Run Days for current conditions at the track. You cannot leave a message. Please use our website inquiry form for communications.
We do not operate in the rain. We will halt all operations and then resume when the conditions are good. In the event that we have had a long, protracted period of rain such that we cannot operate in a safe manner, we will cancel the run day. We will Continuously update the phone status line, 281-758-8012.
From loading to unloading, the ride is just under 15 minutes.
When we run in the afternoons (check the schedule, there are usually fewer passengers waiting.
No, we run through lunch, choosing to stagger our lunch breaks.
No, but we do ask that young children be accompanied by a responsible adult on all trains.
Please use our website inquiry form if you need additional information.