The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum has once again brought back their Ghost Train for the 2018 spooky season. Based near the Los Angeles Zoo, the Ghost Train sees guests climb aboard and ride miniature trains of all kinds – from steam to diesel. This family-friendly haunted attraction is fun for children and adults alike and guests are transported through various spooky dioramas along the roughly twenty minute journey.
This year, the Ghost Train has added some new scenes and surprises which are all well designed and bring some fresh, spooky fun for those riders who have experienced it before. The best part about the LA Ghost Train is that it is unique – I can’t think of another haunted train experience in SoCal. The sets are spooky and have some startling elements, but it is all very tame in comparison to most haunted houses, which usually try to outdo each other in the gore factor. Most of the sets at the LA Ghost Train are activated by the train passing by sensors and are of the animatronic or static prop variety, but the event does have some impressive pyrotechnic effects – there are no scare actors at the LA Ghost Train.
A bit of interesting trivia: Along the spooky tracks, you will run into some Disney-inspired scenes. Walt Disney was actually a part of the LALSRM and the barn that used to sit on his property in LA is now on-site at the museum as well. Also, the museum runs non-spooky tours every Sunday during the rest of the year so you can always bring your kids back for more fun and learning about the railroads. An additional note of interest: These miniature trains are not toys – they are actual working trains, just smaller! The level of technical skill needed to keep them in working order is highly commendable.
Tickets run anywhere from $20 at the door to $25 and $30 with online advanced purchase (which gets you faster line access) and are all well worth the price of admission. Be warned, the Ghost Train is a Halloween time tradition for a multitude of families in Southern California, so the lines can get long. If you want to ensure a good parking spot and place in line, get there early! Parking is available in a small public lot as well as along Zoo Dr. The Ghost Train runs on various days throughout October. Please check their official website for more information.