During the park’s off season, a local railroading club contacts Will. Their own little railroad park has had declining visitors, and they ask if Diamond Lake would be willing to let the club move the railroad into the park. Having loved railroading since he was young, Will eagerly agrees, feeling as if his childhood fantasy of having a railroad has finally been realized. The real life logistics of it is far more difficult than he imagined however.
They initially wanted to route the train around the entire lake, but they soon realized that it would cross far too many paths to be safe around guests. Flooding late last season had required a channel to be dug to lower the lake, and the small pedestrian bridge would need to be rebuilt to accommodate the train.
The biggest obstacle however was backlash from many in the community, who’d loved being able to walk the nature path, and now cried out against the railroad being built. They went ahead with the railroad however, Will once again needing to buy some land from his brother. To ease displeasure among fans of the park, the family finally built something many had wanted for a while, a place to get food in the park, as well as some terraces for guests to sit at.
Despite initial pushback against the railroad from some, most of the park guests are happy for a new ride, and visiting the park is now becoming a summer favorite among many. In response to the growing number of teens however, the Reed family is forced to install a gate on their home and on the park entrance itself.
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