RiverHawks unveil stadium train
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May 30, 2009 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The C.P. Huntington is ready to ride the rails at Road Ranger Stadium.

The Rockford RiverHawks unveiled on Friday the train, which will be added to the many family entertainment elements at the stadium. The train has five passenger cars and a capacity of 70 people.

“Growing up in Rockford, we are also working to recreate and improve upon the Kiddie Land that so many of us remember and spent countless days and nights at during our childhood years,” team CEO Kurt Carlson said. “I still remember the one night a week that Kiddie Land was closed – Tuesday. My brothers and sisters and I wanted Dad to take us there every night. On Tuesdays we went to the Illinois Central station to watch the Land of Corn come in.”

Fans are invited to ride the train. Prices are $3 for adults, $2 for kids. Monday through Wednesday games are $1 Train Nights for all ages.

The C.P. Huntington is a replica of a steam locomotive built in 1863 and used on the Central Pacific Railroad. Chance-Morgan has produced replicas of the original since 1960.

“In the future, we plan to add more rides, replicating Kiddie Land,” Carlson said. “We also plan to someday extend the track to the Indoor Sports Center.”

Carlson said future plans for the train include a contest to name the train and sponsorship opportunities for the train and depot.

The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.


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