Revenge of the Conductor V Haunted Train Ride

Sep 23, 2016
Artwork by: Lauren Lovingham

More frightening than a runaway train is the Revenge of the Conductor railroad ride through spooky New Gretna Woods Park. This is the fifth year for the Jersey Shore Live Steam organization’s Halloween fright ride, which is operated on a 1½-inch scale railroad based on the factual historic Tuckerton Railroad.

The 4,000 feet of track is haunted by zombies, glowing bats and ghosts.

The volunteers of the organization will be running the railroad during daylight hours for the youngsters who don’t want to be too scared, but come nightfall, your heartbeat will hasten, for no one knows when the spectral Conductor and his escaped zombies will come rushing out of the woods to seek their vengeance.

During the daylight hours, the 12-minute rides through the woods start at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, and Halloween weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-30. The rides continue for older kids from dusk to 11 p.m.  A suggested donation of $5 toward the upkeep of the park is asked, but admission donation should not keep large families away, “We want everyone to have fun,” said JSLS co-founder Tim Lovingham. Admission includes unlimited rides for those who just can’t get scared enough!

Halloween weekend is also an open house at the park, and visiting steam and electric railroad engine owners are invited to run their trains on the second section of the railroad.

Rest rooms are available at the park.

The Jersey Shore Live Steam at New Gretna Woods Park is located at 11 Oak Ave. off Route 9 in the Village of New Gretna, Bass River Township. Watch for the “sputnik” sign at the Route 9 and Oak Avenue intersection. —P.J.

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