Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 20, 2013

Terror by the Tracks in Russell

Rail-free train tours set to celebrate Halloween

Tim Preston
The Independent

RUSSELL — There will be “lots of spooks along the way” as a rail-free train tours through downtown Russell Thursday and Saturday for the city’s “Terror by the Tracks” events celebrating the Halloween season.

“We have a tunnel made of tents. There will be lots of spooks all along the way. It is probably a quarter of a mile to a third of a mile long, and the train stops for spooky happenings,” said Mike Jones, spokesman for the Russell Downton Business Association which is organizing and coordinating the frightening festivities.

Terror by the Tracks participants will board the lawn-tractor powered festival train provided by local Shriners, he said, and any proceeds from the festivities will benefit the All-Aboard Russell campaign.

“It is a family-oriented event especially catering to children, but it will be pretty scary,” Jones advised, noting organizers may divide train trips into excursions for younger and older kids, adjusting the level of scares to suit the audience.

The terrifying train ride will depart from the Russell railroad depot from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Jones said, and again from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday as part of the downtown advocacy group’s fall festival. The Saturday festival scene will include inflatables for kids along with a corn toss tournament, food and live music by the band Nivilla Red.

“That is Alvin Cordle’s band,” Jones said. “The name comes from his name. Nivilla is Alvin backwards with an extra ‘L.’ I had to ask about that.”

Saturday’s festivities will begin around noon. “By 2 p.m. it will be going really good,” Jones said, laughing as he noted some organizers will also be participants in the popular corn-toss tournament.

Jones, whose unofficial first name is “Coach,” said the reason for the one-day delay between downtown festival’s is easy to explain.

“Friday is game night. We can’t mess with that.”

There is no cost for the festival, Jones said, and train rides are $3. For more information, call (606) 465-3464.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.