Some big news about a little train: The Zilker Zephyr won't be leaving the station for awhile.
According to CBS Austin, the popular miniature train has shut down after recent severe weather in Austin eroded parts of the trail in Zilker Park. Crews fenced off portions of the Zephyr's track this week due to the resulting repair work, specifically to the bank that's underneath the train's turnaround, the station reported Monday.
Austin’s Zilker Zephyr miniature train is out of commission. Recent rainstorms have eroded the bank in Zilker Park that’s underneath the train’s turnaround. No time frame for when it will reopen.#ZilkerPark@austintexasgovpic.twitter.com/IFwv6aYFHt— Bettie Cross (@BettieCrossTV)May 13, 2019
"Due to the erosion from the recent rains, the Zephyr is temporarily closed," reads a post from earlier this month on the train's Facebook page. The post promises an update when more information on the Zephyr's return is available. There is no timeline for the completion of trail repairs or for the train to reopen, according to CBS Austin.
A ride on the Zephyr, which takes about 20-25 minutes, is a longtime Zilker Park attraction for families. The kiddie train made its first run in 1997. At the time, co-owner Tom Larkin and the city announced the results of a name-the-train promotion touting the "historical significance and breeziness" of the moniker for the 72-passenger, liquid propane-powered train. A previous miniature train named the Zilker Eagle stopped running in September 1996 after the contract for that train's owner ran out, according to American-Statesman reports at the time.
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