The Molalla Train Park is officially open for the season to visitors looking to enjoy all things trains for an afternoon of family fun.
The park, now operated by the Pacific Northwest Live Steamers organization, is open every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. until October 19. The park has no cost of admission, but donations are gladly accepted.
The park, located at 31803 South Shady Dell Road in Molalla, is only open on Sundays, save for two special weekends where it will be open for multiple days at once.
The first is the Founder's Day weekend of Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, where the park's birth will be celebrated. The park was originally founded by Harry Harvey in 1954, who "had a dream to provide a place where families could go to ride and learn about trains," according to the website. When Harvey died, he left the park to the PNLS, and the club acquired three more acres over time for expansion.
The other special weekend is Labor Day weekend on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3 for their Train Fest.
The park features 4,200 feet of 7.5-inch track that loops around an area along with a multitude of tables that are available for picnic use. The park has a couple of new additions this year, however: the train ride now winds through a tunnel and a garden area that includes a bridge crossing over water.
The park is now also offering opportunities to host parties and events on either the second or fourth Saturday of each month, excluding the two Saturdays mentioned above.
To request a party and to find more information on the park, visit pnls.org or call Randy Priest, party coordinator at (503) 550-2930.