BuJu Line Express
The BuJu Line railroad was manufactured in the late
1950's; by Arrow Development Corp. of Mountain View, California. Arrow
developed the original rail equipment for Walt Disney's Disneyland in Anaheim,
California. Arrow also perfected and manufactured the first inverted
rollercoaster (the corkscrew) at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.
The 30-gauge BuJu line was originally installed in Frontier Village a
family amusement park in San Jose, Ca. in 1961. The amusement ride was
permanently relocated to Burke Junction by Jerry Burke in 1981, when Frontier
Village closed, and auctioned off its rides. As a large gauge train with
seating capacity for over 35 adults and children, this working attraction is
exceedingly rare. To our knowledge there are only two other sister trains left
in the United States which are both still in operation. One is located at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk in
Santa Cruz, California, the other is located inside Pixiewoods, a family amusement park located in Stockton,
The BuJu Line train is comprised of a total of five
unique cars. The first "Locomotive" car contains the cab instrumentation and
all controls for the train's operation. Unlike its 19th century counterpart,
this locomotive contains no motor, nor power plant, but is merely an operator's
carriage that has seating for no more than two engineers. The drive wheel
linkage connecting the large 22" steel wheels are merely cosmetic in nature,
and do not provide motive power.
The 2nd car is the "Coal Tender" which houses the
motor, drive train, braking system, and electrical system. The next three cars
are passenger carriages only with two sets of trucks featuring two axles per
truck in standard train configuration. The motive power is supplied by a 1963
Chevrolet Corvair Engine which is a horizontally-opposed, air-cooled, six
cylinder unit, and is a fickle engine, which breaks often due to her age,
however she is relatively easy to repair.
- Fridays, 3-7pm
- Saturdays and Sundays 12-7pm
- Birthdays and other Special Charters by Appointment.