5202 Zoo Drive - Los Angeles, CA 90027
Ghost Train 2017 Dates & Hours: 7-10pm on October 13-15, 20-22, 27-29, 30-31.
After going on hiatus for Halloween 2016, the Ghost Train pulls back into the station for 2017.
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Ghost Train History
The Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum has been presenting their “Ghost Train” since Halloween 2001. Supported by train enthusiasts, the non-profit corporation runs their 7 1/2-inch gauge model trains on Sundays year-round. Each Halloween, the path around the tracks is decorated with approximately 30 spooky scenes.
Originally, the ride was somewhat akin to a twenty-minute drive past a few dozen well decorated yard haunts, featuring decorations, lights, and static props but few effects and little if anything scary: lots of colorful lights, Jack O'Lanterns, skeletons, giant spiders, scarecrows, and a Grim Reaper or two.
Over the years, the Los Angeles Live Steamers have gradually expanded, adding more decorations, mechanical props, and other special effects. Starting in 2011, the Live Steamers began using digital video projection to create wonderfully elaborate displays of supernatural activity. With its ever more elaborate presentation, The Ghost Train eventually morphed into something resembling a demented Disneyland, filled with with more than enough Halloween magic to appeal to haunt-goers of all ages. The attraction earned Hollywood Gothique's pick for best Halloween-themed ride in our 2013 Halloween Haunt Awards.
Ghost Train Requirements
The ride is ideal for child-sized riders, but adults can manage if they do not mind squatting down on the tiny trains for the approximately 20-minute duration. Riders must be at least 34 inches tall and not weigh over 350 pounds. Riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ghost Train Parking
Not so much problem as confusion. The official address for the Los Angeles Live Steamers is 5202 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, but the entrance gate for this address is closed at night. The dirt parking lot is perhaps a quarter mile east. This is a dark road in the middle of Griffith Park with few cross streets and almost no street lights, but you will see the lights, artificial fog, and customers when you reach the miniature train area.