HENRY — The first passenger train to stop in Henry in more than 30 years is coming on Sept. 13.
The public is encouraged to experience the 45-minute train ride from Henry to Chillicothe. A 45-minute layover in Chillicothe allows time to stretch legs and check out local vendors before returning passengers back to Henry.
Iowa Interstate Railroad will be providing the 1950 vintage passenger cars plus a diesel locomotive on each end. Three round trips will be made, departing at 9 a.m., 11:50 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. from the track in front of the Henry Fire Department, 220 Railroad Ave. Round trip tickets cost $14 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 to 12.
Tickets may be purchased in Henry at the following locations: Heartland Bank, Henry State Bank, Henry Fire Department, Read Bros. True Value and Wilson’s Insurance Agency. They also may be purchased from individual firemen. In Hennepin they are for sale at North Central Bank. In Lacon, tickets may be purchased from individual firemen. Tickets are color coded for each trip and passengers must depart and return at the times stated on their ticket. A ramp will be provided for access on to the train. There is no heat, air conditioning or restroom.
Vendors and entertainment will be located along Railroad Avenue. This unique trip is a fundraiser for the Henry and Lacon-Sparland fire departments.