A favorite miniature train ride from north-central Illinois has a new suburban location this fall. The Waterman & Western Railroad is currently chugging away at Poplar Acres, just west of Batavia. "Pete's Train," named for builder and owner Pete Robinson, is a "1/4 scale model F-3 Electromotive" in bright red and yellow pulling passengers in open-air cars also built by Robinson and his team. This is Poplar Farm's first public season in over two decades, and they have plenty more activities for fall fun. For $10 guests can ride the train as well as enjoy a tractor ride, two corn mazes, three big slides, baby animals, larger farm animals and more. Individual train ride tickets are $3. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 pm. and Sundays from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.
Poplar Acres is at 39 W. 100 Main Street, Batavia.
Update: The Kane County Chronicle features a profile of Poplar Acres in the Oct. 5, 2013 edition of the paper.