Lufkin's Z & OO railroad opens back up with new track

Lufkin's Z & OO railroad opens back up with new track

After a month of hard, work the Z & OO Railroad is finally back on the tracks.

The favorite attraction among many at the Ellen Trout Zoo was shut down for the last month, while crews installed new track.

"The new track will be good for about 25 years," said former chairman of the railroad's board Jim Roper. "This will allow us to collect more revenue."

Roper said the railroad attracts visitors from all over the area and surrounding states.

The railroad is run by the Lufkin Host Lions Club. All the money from the railroad goes back into the community. Roper believes that the saved maintenance cost will allow for the railroad to double its annual estimated donation of $35,000 to local charities.

"It's going to raise revenue," Roper said. "We hope to be able to give away between $5000 and $60,000 a year. The mission of the railroad is to give back to Angelina County children."

The railroad still has a little more work to go. The group is still working on the turnouts involved with the bridge that takes the train across the property's lake. Roper said that issue should be finished in the next month. To make up for the loss, the train will go around the zoo's loop twice for riders. Admission for the train will remain at $2.

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