"Everybody loves a train robbery and a gunfight!" said Daryl Metcalf, coordinator of the Bandit Hold-Up Train Raid held by Ashtabula Carson and Jefferson (A C&J) Scenic Line.
"Everybody loves a train robbery and a gunfight!” said Daryl Metcalf, coordinator of the Bandit Hold-Up Train Raid held by Ashtabula Carson and Jefferson (A C&J) Scenic Line.
Passengers get to watch and play along in the interactive show during the hour-long, 12-mile round trip, said Metcalf.
Eight actors make up The Law and The Outlaws in the wild west themed event. Metcalf called it “a scaled-back version of our Wild West Weekend.” During the Wild West Weekend, he said, they have between 50 and 60 actors.
Upon boarding the train, passengers receive imitation money which is stolen by the bandits during the hold-up.
According to Metcalf, the actors use authentic revolvers and black powder charges for all of the weapons.
The Bandit Hold-Up was held three weekends this summer. Labor day weekend was the final scheduled Hold-Up for this year. “(Saturday) was really good, attendance-wise, for being a holiday,” said Metcalf.
The Hold-Up has been going on for about eight years now, he said. A C&J Scenic Lines put on six different shows and events each year. He explained that he started the different shows because of some of his fondest childhood memories.
“Most kids love to go to Disney World, but my dream was (wild-west themed) Six Gun Territory in Silver Springs, Fla. They closed in 1984. It always stayed in my mind,” he said. “When I started at the railroad, I decided to recreate those childhood memories.”
Some of the upcoming events include a Kids’ Magic Train with magician Jim Hathy on Sept. 14 and 15; a Civil War Train Raid on Sept. 28 and 29; Kids’ Pumpkin and Magic Train every weekend of October; Veteran’s Appre-ciation Weekend on Oct. 26 and 27—all veterans ride free with I.D. or a piece of their old uniform; and Santa on the Train for three weekends this winter, beginning Nov. 30 and ending Dec. 15.
More information is available at their website: www.familytrainrides.com.