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, California.

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.


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Bill Glasser

3300 Coach Lane, Cameron Park, CA 95682

(916) 947-1010

(530) 676-4511
(916) 947-1010