Louisville Selling Two Miniature Passenger Trains

The Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government is selling a pair of 2012 Severn Lamb Miniature 24-inch gauge passenger trains on GovDeals, an online auction platform for government agencies and educational institutions to sell surplus equipment.

Both trains were manufactured in 2012 by Severn Lamb, a high-quality transport engineering company based in England. Upon completion, they were delivered and installed at the Louisville Zoo in early 2013. The miniature trains were added to an already constructed train station and upcoming tunnels that took guests around the zoo.

The trains remained in operation until 2018, when they were retired while still in working condition.

“We will miss the train at the Zoo,” Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak said in a news release. “The trains have been part of many family memories and we know they will continue to make special experiences for guests at their new home.”

Each train comes equipped with a Kubota KV3600T diesel engine, a tender, and three coaches. They are themed on a North American steam outline design to run on a two-foot track. The locomotives are operated with an engineer at the front and a conductor at the rear and are ADA compliant.

Both trains have a coach that is wheelchair accessible. The miniature trains have a microphone connected to the train’s sound system allowing the conductor to connect directly with the passengers.

The miniature trains are at auction until Oct. 28 and those interested in purchasing the trains are encouraged to schedule an inspection prior to placing any bids.

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