Train ride to 'secret' pumpkin patch gains in popularity - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Train ride to 'secret' pumpkin patch gains in popularity


Most kids love trains and pumpkin patches so it's no surprise that when the two are put together, it's a big hit.

The Grand Canyon Railway is in it's third year running the pumpkin patch train.

It's gaining in popularity because people can now go online to book their reservations.

"They (trains) are really coming back. People are really getting interested in trains again. I think maybe it's grandparents passing it along. Plus kids are seeing Thomas the Tank and Dinosaur Train on TV, so there's sort of a train movement everywhere now a days," said Bruce Brossman from the Grand Canyon Railway.

Kids wear their Halloween costumes on the train ride, along with the staff.

Passengers enjoy the ride through the Coconino National Forest for the first 20 minutes while Halloween music plays over the speakers.

"You can't get to the pumpkin patch any way. In fact, it's the secret pumpkin patch and you couldn't just drive there. It's about seven miles down the track, roughly," said Brossman.

Everyone gets to pick out their pumpkin and paint it once they arrive back at the depot.

There is also a hay maze for kids to walk through at the train depot.

The train ride is $15 per child.

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