Kids ride the train for free on Sundays
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May 18, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The RiverHawks Express train was one of the big additions to Rockford RiverHawks games last season. Now younger fans can ride the rails for free on Sunday home games this season, thanks to the Illinois Railway Museum and Midwest Rail Junction.

The RiverHawks and the two railroad-related sponsors announced Tuesday that kids 12 and under can ride the train for free during Sunday home games. The family friendly Kids Day games are scheduled for 4:05 p.m. starts, beginning with Sunday’s game against Schaumburg. Gates open one hour before gametime.

The stadium train is one of many family entertainment elements at Road Ranger Stadium. 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.

The train has five passenger cars and a capacity of 70 people. Normal ticket prices are $1 each.

The Illinois Railway Museum, located at 7000 Olson Rd. in Union, is the world’s largest railroad museum. The museum has more than 1,000 locomotives, rolling stock, streetcars and more and operates trains on the grounds and along a mainline of several miles. IRM’s trains have been featured on the History Channel and in the movies “A League of their Own” and “The Babe.”

Midwest Rail Junction, located just minutes from the stadium at 6735 Broadcast Pkwy., is a model train store with a wide selection of locomotives and rolling stock in a variety of scales.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league in its 18th season this summer. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and on ESPN1380.com. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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