We Need Your Help to Build a New Train

Photo by Dina Heidrich

We think we can, we think we can, we think we can! We think we can build a new train to add to our Little Engine That Could play set. The new train will replicate the little blue engine that saved the day with its plucky attitude and positive thinking, and will be placed alongside of the little red engine that currently represents the classic story.

Nearly 240,000 people visit Fairytale Town each year. The Little Engine That Could play set is a popular attraction — especially for young engineers! With an additional train, more children will be able to play and explore their imaginations.

The new train has been designed by local artist Shane Grammer and will be fabricated in his studio before being installed at Fairytale Town. It features the little blue engine, as well as two train cars. The total cost of the project is $50,000. With a generous initial gift from the Ken Stieger family, and a portion of funding from the proceeds of the Yellow Brick Road, we are ready to embark on building it. However, we need help from our community to close the gap and make the vision of a new train a reality. If you think you can help, we would love your involvement!

Contributions of all levels are needed to install the new engine. All contributors will bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of thousands of children who will play on the train. Contributors at the $2,500 level and above will receive a variety of other benefits, including permanent acknowledgement on the play set itself!

We hope you will consider a tax-deductible contribution to support our new effort to bring the classic story of The Little Engine That Could to life. The central message of the story—that a seemingly impossible task can be accomplished with a positive attitude and hard work—deserves to live on in the minds and imaginations of children in our region.

To make a contribution to this treasured play set, click here to make a donation online today or please contact Kathy Fleming at (916) 808-7060.