Erieview Park railroad

The miniature railroad was a staple at Erieview Park, where it ran near the bluff overlooking Lake Erie.

Passengers enjoy a ride on the railroad in the late 1990s.

Passengers enjoy a ride on the railroad in the late 1990s. Photo from collection of Carl E. Feather / The Feather Cottage

The train was purchased from Conneaut Lake Park and was added to Pera’s Kiddie Land in 1965.

According to Don Woodward, the Peras’ grandson, the train was built on a Ford 9N Chassis.

The train was sold when Erie View Park had its auction in 2007. A buyer from Ashtabula County purchased the train with the idea of running it on his property, but Woodward says that, to his knowledge, that never happened. And he heard that the buyer was trying to sell the train.

A second miniature railroad once ran on The Strip, between Howard Warner’s Colonia and the Municipal Golf Course.


Our guests remember:

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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