The Zoo Train – All Aboard (7/29/10) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

The Zoo Train – All Aboard (7/29/10)

When one of the three trains that circulated around the Louisville Zoo derailed last June, 22 people were injured. 

The incident earned the Zoo a $37,000 fine and spawned five lawsuits. 

An investigation revealed the train operator was under-experienced and that the train was in poor mechanical condition. 

And ever since the accident, all the trains have been taken completely out of service. 

But even given all that, I have to ask – why is there still some question about whether or not train rides at the Zoo will ever resume? 

This isn't the Space Shuttle we're talking about. They're amusement park trains -- that provided literally thousands of people a great deal of pleasure, not to mention convenience, during the decades they've been operating.

How much paranoia does it take to worry that it may be impossible to ever operate them safely again? We can build airliners that carry hundreds of people across oceans, but we're prepared to maybe give up in the face of the overwhelming challenge of operating a zoo train safely? 

Could we please have a little perspective here? 

Of course the train rides should resume. Proper training of operators and appropriate maintenance aren't exactly unattainable goals. And there's no reason to allow one mishap to permanently rob all future Zoo patrons of such a good time. 

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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