Indian Creek Zoo rolls out trackless train

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BEDFORD TWP., Mich (WTVG) -- In the backwoods of Bedford Twp., a new sound is coming from the Indian Creek Zoo.

Just in time for Baby Animal Weekend, there's another new arrival: A trackless train.

"Kind of fun. It's got all the bells and whistles on it," says Joe Garverick, who opened the Indian Creek Zoo five years ago.

It's now up to 41 acres, 300 animals and more than 100,000 visitors in 2018.

This year, Garverick expects that number to double. So, he got online and found an attraction up for sale.

The train used to run through a mall in Maryland. Thursday night, it showed up at Garverick's zoo in Michigan.

"I went and got the mail in it this morning, just to check it out, out to the road," said Garverick, who used to work as a gandy dancer on the Ann Arbor Railroad.

Now, his train will be winding through Gaverick's newly paved zoo. For $5.00, you get a quarter-mile ride past the animals on what the staff has dubbed the "Zoo Choo."

The Indian Creek Zoo is open April through December.