A Tri-Cities favorite is back in Columbia Park. This weekend marks the first of the season for the J&S Dreamland Express.
KENNEWICK, WA - A Tri-Cities favorite is back in Columbia Park. This weekend marks the first of the season for the J&S Dreamland Express.
When people take their family out to ride the J&S express their kids have plenty of fun, but it also benefits many other local youth. In addition the train was named in honor of Washington State Trooper James E. Saunders, who was killed in the line of duty.
"My favorite part of the train is looking at the whole nice scenery, the clouds the sky and the river," explained the kids from the Barragan Family who rode the train Sunday.
They did not even realize they were helping local kids their age. The money from ticket sales on the train goes right back into the community through a scholarship program for kids. Volunteers help operate the mini locomotive. Even our local representatives take part.
"It's just great to be able to help the children and know that I'm helping the children in this community and the adults too. Everybody seems to have a great time. They like riding around," explained Rep. Larry Haler of Richland.
When we told the Barragan kids that their tickets actually helped other kids, it only made them feel better.
"The other kids get the money to go to school, so it's ok for me because I also get something out of it," said Vivian Barragan.
The train runs every weekend afternoon at Columbia Park until September. The Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills says they always need volunteers to help operate the train. If you would like to help out you can find contact information for organizers on their site here: http://www.horseheavenkiwanis.org/Committees/J_and_S_Express.html