Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Melrose Park's Kiddieland Amusement Park, 1929-2009


Since I have written about Riverview, it is only fair that I write about Kiddieland. Especially since the Hesston Steam Museum preserved its trains. (That museum has also preserved the trains that used to run in Brookfield Zoo.) It was viable economically. The rides were well maintained. It closed in 2009 because of a dispute among descendants of the park founder. [ChicagoTribune]

(I labeled this rrInterurban because interurban railroads invented the notion of an amusement park, not because an interurban served this park.)

By David Wilson from Oak Park, Illinois, USA - 20070916 02 Kiddieland, CC BY 2.0, Link via a gallery
Edward Kwiatkowski posted four photos with the comment: "The former Kiddieland Amusement Park steam locomotive from Melrose Park Illinois, on display today [6/14/2019] at Russell's Bar B Q.
Elmwood Park Illinois."





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[This post has lots of photos after explaining the history. It explains the family dispute that caused the selling of the land to Costco.]

Doug Kaniuk posted
Today (6/14) until 3pm, at Russell's (North & Thacher) , Kiddleland steam locomotive on display.
Dennis DeBruler Is this normally at the Hesston Steam Museum, or do they have the former Brookfield Zoo train? Or both?
Edward Kwiatkowski Yes. They have the 2 Kiddieland steam locomotives and perhaps some of their cars, and the former Brookfield Zoo train as well. 2 of the 3 Brookfield Zoo locomotives are operable.
Jerry Hund Look at that bell mounted on the front. It looks like the same kind used on Metra engines.
Don Rupp I believe the Kiddieland locomotives were built by Wagner which was in Plainfield, Illinois.

Charles Wesberry IV shared
Hesston Steam Museum post
All Aboard! The Kiddieland Steam Locomotive is on it’s way to Melrose Park! More updates as we go! #kiddielandsteamtrain
Eric Kalwitz why is this gem leaving? on loaner? it’s not permanent is is?Hesston Steam Museum Eric Kalwitz we are participating in a few special events today celebrating the Kiddieland Amusement Park!

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(new window) The video is a little rough, but he does try to catch each ride and gives the install date for some of them.

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