Riverview Park and Zoo is selling puzzles of its iconic James Hamilton model train as part of a fundraising effort for a new locomotive that was launched on Friday.

The train travels over a bridge through a forest of man-made and natural attractions but does not pass through the zoo. Photo by David Tuan Bui.

According to zoo board member Paul Hartung, around 750 copies of the 308-piece puzzle have been made to help fund the required $650,000 – along with other fundraisers – for a new train planned for 2023. .

The puzzle is sold for $20 in the zoo’s gift shop and at stores such as Brant Basics, Griffins Greenhouses, Fork in the Road Country Market and Ennismore Pharmacy. Other stores may soon follow suit.

Calyptic Creations, a Calgary-based commercial printer, created the puzzle Hartung knew about through the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The train needs to be replaced because its parts are no longer being made and getting new parts would be expensive, says Hartung.

“We would have to hire an engineer to make a new part for us and it could cost us around $200-$300 an hour,” he explained.

The train opens during the summer season daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Photo courtesy of Paul Hartung.

Hartung considered the idea for the campaign in December last year. The zoo’s advisory committee accepted the idea and began planning the fundraising process.

The train was built in 1974, costs two dollars and is free for children under two.

The miniature train ride is a replica locomotive from 1860. Located under saber throw, the train track is over two kilometers long and the journey takes about ten minutes according to the zoo’s website.

“It’s a way that can probably help us prepare for the train replacement and hopefully the new train will last us another 50 years and another three or four generations,” Hartung said. “The pleasure is to go for a ride.”

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