Kings Island keeps memories of trains alive

Kings Island Photo/Don Helbig
Kings Island Photo/Don Helbig

MASON, Ohio (WDTN) — Kings Island is keeping the memories of old steam trains alive.

Kings Island’s two trains, which are replicas of locomotives from the 1800’s, have been a part of the park since its opening in 1972. The engines of the trains are powered by propane instead of coal, but the 400 gallon boilers on each engine make them authentic steam locomotives.

The trains run from the old depot, over a ravine, and through several fields before stopping at Soak City Waterpark.There, the trains drop off and pick up guests from the waterpark before making their way back through the woods to the depot.

The trains each pull six coaches, and 960 guests can be on the rail at one time.

Since 1972, Kings Island has given more than 51 million rides. Its record year was in 1973, when 2,378,749 rides were given.

Kings Island is open for the season on weekends. Daily operation begins May 9. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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