Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dinner train wins time to develop accessible car

The company bringing the Columbia Star dinner train to town will have five years to provide a car accessible to people with disabilities, the Columbia City Council decided Monday night.

"I hope that the company will make this happen," Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said.

The decision means the train, which is now waiting to be shipped from Iowa, could arrive in Columbia within two or three weeks. Plans call for dinner rides from Columbia to Centralia and back.

Representatives of Central States Railroad Associates said they are excited about the possibility of creating a dinner train with a car fully accessible to people with disabilities, but it will need a source of outside money to do so. Greg Weber, manager of the dinner train, talked with City Council members about the issue Monday night.

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