Just to confirm what we have suspected for weeks: the Los Angeles Live Steamers Ghost Train will not happen this Halloween. The news was made official in a Facebook post by Gary Baker, executive producer of the Ghost Train, who wrote:
“With a heavy heart I have to confirm the event is going dark this year at the Live Steamers location. The board of directors decided to not host it this year. The club has a lot of negative politics going on right now, and the future is unknown for the Ghost Train; as we have grown to expect it, and its production scale. Some members just don’t want the event.”
Rumors have been swirling for weeks, and they were all but confirmed by the previous announcement that Boney Island Halloween Haunt would not return to Griffith Park, where it occupied a space next to the Ghost Train last year, which required an okay from the same board of directors.
Where this leaves the two attractions is an open question. Once a yard haunt, Boney Island could theoretically find a new location to set up its displays, but the Ghost Train, by its very nature, is tied to the Los Angeles Live Steamers location, with its mile and a half of 7 1⁄2-inch gauge steel rails, miniature bridges, tunnels, and buildings.