For 41 years, it took passengers on a 20-minute historical ride around Palo Duro Canyon.
After 22 years, the Sad Monkey Railroad is now back in Canyon. Unfortunately, you cannot still hop aboard, but you can take pictures and reminisce about the days when it chugged along the Canyon from 1955 to 1996.
That was the goal for Barbara Logan. She brought the Sad Monkey back to the Texas Panhandle after a 22-year hiatus.
In 1996 it was removed from the Palo Duro Canyon and sold at auction.
In 2015 she purchased the train and had it restored thanks to many in the community, from Public Steel, Texas Lone Star, Randall County and Amarillo National Bank.
She then donated it back to the City of Canyon.
The restoration cost about $25,000, but no figure was too much for Logan when it came to bringing back a piece of nostalgia.
“She’s my childhood. It was my first summer job. it was the place where I grew up. It’s who I am. It’s a part of me and I was very lucky. She just needed to have a home, she needed to be here,” said Logan.
You can now find the locomotive on display at Neblett Park.
Some of you may already know this, but for those who do not, you are probably wondering how it got the name Sad Monkey.
Logan said when the train ran along the back of the Canyon, there was a rock formation that stood up and it had the face of a sad monkey.
If you would like to leave your mark on the train’s foundation, you can do so on stainless steel plates. They are up for sale next month for $150.
Funds will help cover restoration and maintenance of the Sad Monkey train.
Logan has submitted for the Sad Monkey to get a historical marker title.
She told us the standards are extremely high and unfortunately, the train did not make it the first time. So they will continue to resubmit.