MARS SHORTLINE RAILROAD (MSRR)

Facts about the MSRR

  • Built in 2013
  • 1 1/2″ scale model railroad
  • 7 1/2 gauge railroad (7 1/2″ inside measurement between the rails)
  • Locomotive is an exact 1 1/2 scale version of a real switcher-type diesel
  • Powered by a 6 hp Honda engine
  • Riding cars are also 1 1/2 scale versions of real size train cars
  • Layout is approximately 1000ft long
  • Circles the perimeter of the 1 1/2 acre MAHLS campus
  • Ride takes approximately 11 minutes, including loading and unloading (we usually do 2 – 3 trips around).
  • The train holds up to 14 riders at a time.
  • We estimate that we take ~500 trips during Fridays each season. That’s about 7000 turns for riders!
  • Look closely and you’ll see that the track switches position to bring you closer to the station when the ride is over.
  • Train goes through a tunnel and passes above Breakneck Creek and a tributary.

How to Ride

  • Come to the MAHLS Campus on any Friday (end of May until end of October, weather permitting, from 10am – 2pm)
  • Board at ground level, behind Swaney Pavilion
  • All ages can ride! (Handheld infants must be snug in a body carrier or sling.)
  • Young children must be accompanied on their seat by an adult.
  • We will ask you to stay straddling the bench and keep your feet flat on the running boards.
  • Please do not tip your weight or rock from side to side as it will derail the train.
  • We take safety very seriously. There is always an operator in the back of the train to alert the engineer if someone needs to stop or there is an issue.
  • Cost to ride the train is by donation. Whatever you would like to gift is greatly appreciated.