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Bessemer and Lake Erie Miniature Train

Conneaut Lake Park

A miniature train takes passengers for a journey through the woodlands and past Conneaut Lake Park's historic Blue Streak rollercoaster.

Theme ParkConneaut Lake Park
TypeTrain
AudienceAll Ages
Opened1968
Closed2019
ManufacturerAllan Herschell Company
The train passing beside the mini golf course

The train passing beside the mini golf course

Conneaut Lake Park's miniature railway (sometimes known as "Bessemer Railway System") was built by the Allan Herschell Company, and opened for the 1968 season.

At one time it ran modern style trains built by the National Amusement Device Company, who also provided new trains for the Blue Streak rollercoaster in the 1960s. These were subsequently replaced by a steam locomotive looking engine. In 2006 the park launched a "Brick-by-Brick" fundraising campaign, which raised money which was used to help repair the railway.

The train took visitors into the woodland, travelling beside Blue Streak out to the picnic grove near the park's front entrance. Circling around, it journeyed back into the park. Running through a gap underneath Blue Streak's track, it made a figure of eight loop around the mini golf course before returning to the station.

Both the train and the rest of the park did not open for the 2020 season due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The railway tracks were subsequently removed in the summer of 2021.

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