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Happy BirthdayZoo Train

October 19, 2015

The Zoo Train turns 9 years old this October. With more than half a million riders, we’re proud to say this model 1863 Steam Locomotive has raised more than $1.2 million  for our conservation efforts, which include the Australia Walkabout Exhibit. Enjoy a few other interesting facts in celebration of the Zoo Train.

6,200 LBS is the weight of the Zoo Train’s engine alone.

21 passengers fit on each carriage, accommodating 84 people per train trip.

A QUARTER of a mile is the length of the Zoo Train path throughout the Zoo Grounds.

2,700 LBS is the weight of one of the Zoo Train’s carriages.

$800 is the cost to sponsor a seat on the train.

15 MINUTES is the time of each train trip.

VIRGINIA ZOO TRAIN ENGINEER FOR THE DAY: Come aboard and learn to be a Norfolk Southern Express engineer! Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a part of a top-notch attraction at the Virginia Zoo. Call the Development Office at 757-441-2374 x222 or visit virginiazoo.org to sign up. Gift certificates are available.