The zoo train is currently not in service. In late May 2016, engineers will once again shout "all aboard," and visitors will begin a zoo rail adventure from a brand new train station. The new station will have a permanent canopy protecting visitors in the train queue from the weather and will have two staircases leading to the loading area so the line will move twice as fast.
The zoo is rebuilding the station now to take advantage of the crews and equipment that are constructing the Oregon Zoo Education Center right next door. When the education center opens in 2017, disembarking train passengers can reach the new center through a new Discovery Plaza next to the Amur tiger habitat or meander along a path through a new Wildlife Garden. In the plaza, you'll find Coffee Crossing Café, restrooms and the entrance to the education center's Nature Exploration Station.
The zoo train did not run through Washington Park to the International Rose Test Garden station last year. Repairs are needed on retaining walls along the lower track. The zoo will determine an approach to repairs, including funding requirements, later this spring.