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Future of beloved Fillmore & Western Railway in Ventura County uncertain

Fillmore, CA (KABC)-Dave Wilkinson and his family have been running the Fillmore & Western Railroad Company for nearly 30 years.

Vintage trains have been a fixture in Fillmore’s Ventura County community for decades. Families and train enthusiasts have come from all over the world to enjoy train rides through the nostalgia-filled Heritage Valley, especially during the holiday season.

Trains have also been featured in many movies over the years.

At the age of 73, Wilkinson says it’s time for him to retire halfway.

“It was a lot of fun and a lot of good people. I did a lot of filming and met a lot of actors and actresses in the industry. It was always an exciting place to work,” he said.

But when he takes a step back, it’s still unclear who will keep the train running.

The Fillmore Railroad Commission is working to introduce another railroad company to operate the train.

Stephanie Thomas of Fillmore said, “I’m very much looking forward to someone coming from where Dave was interrupted and picking me up. I’m sad he’s going, but I really want something good in this town. That’s great for our town. “

The family got on the train and made lifelong memories. Nearby business owners like Norma Amaro expect the train to continue running and attract visitors to Fillmore.

Amaro owns Vintage Pleasures, right next to the train station.

“We really rely on it a lot. It was difficult to have a COVID crisis. We rely heavily on trains because many companies had to shut down. Without it I’m worried that others won’t be able to accomplish that, “she said.

The last run of the vintage train was scheduled for Saturday noon, but everyone we talked to hopes it’s not the last run.

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